Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Worldwide pulled out all the stops for the second iteration of their Houston Classic auction May 4, 2013 at the La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas, assembling an exceptional collection of cars.
Over half, 67 of 113, were offered without reserve including three that hammered sold at six figure bids.
There were several stars and, depending upon your definition of ‘star’, four out of five went home with new owners including the first production Nash-Healey, Shelby Cobra 427, Pierce-Arrow coupe and a marvelous Austro-Daimler from the LeMay collection. Only ‘Goldie’, the Austin-Healey 100/6 gold plated show car, failed to find a new owner.
The auction was enlivened by the participation of the “Fast ‘n’ Loud” crowd including their ubiquitous Discovery Channel camera crews. It’s been enlightening to see the evolution of “Fast ‘n’ Loud” as their cars have progressed from quickie fluff jobs (with paint that still smells) to first class restorations and quality collector cars. The Houston Classic weekend saw the first appearance during Friday’s tour of their rescued-from-a-crumpled-pile-of-fiberglass-shards-and-twisted-metal Ferrari F40, an amazing resurrection that ran, drove, sounded great and completed the Tour.
Festivities continued on Sunday with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas on the La Torretta golf course, an event that like Saturday’s auction is getting better, bigger and more diverse.
Throughout the day the auction room was full and bidding rarely slackened.
Sunday was Cinco de Mayo and fortuitously there’s probably no better place to celebrate Mexican history and tradition than in the Houston area. 7 Leguas (named for Pancho Villa’s horse) restaurant out on Highway 105 beckoned after the Concours and it turned out to be exactly what the dining doctor ordered. Nothing fancy (except the strolling mariachi band in honor of the day), just good food and plenty of it.
It was an upbeat weekend with the casual, friendly atmosphere of a group of similarly-minded enthusiasts gathered to enjoy their passion, trade a few cars and admire those they couldn’t own. When the hype ends and the fever recedes, that is all anyone – consignor, bidder, buyer or onlooker – can ask.