More than 100,000 people ventured through the gates last weekend for the opening event of the car show/swap meet season in the Northeast, the annual Spring Carlisle, staged by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
“America’s Automotive Hometown came to life with an international audience, all focused on one thing: the classic and collector car hobby,” the organizers said in their latest news release.
Activities included an auction, more than 1,000 vehicles available for person-to-person sale in the car corral, and rows and rows of vendors selling their wares.
Also featured were metal fabrication workshops by Steve Mercurio of Pro-Metal Shop.
The Carlisle Spring auction generated $4.7 million in sales with a 60 percent sell-through rate while drawing the most bidders in the auction’s history, Carlisle Events reported. Of the more than 500 vehicles crossing the block, the most expensive purchase was $161,035 paid for a 1992 Ferrari 512TR. Second-highest was a 1968 Dodge Charger, screen-used in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, that sold for $96,300.
Other top-five sales were a 1969 Dodge Super Bee for $75,435, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at $67,677 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette at $58,550. Prices reported include the buyer’s fees.
“At nearly $5 million in sales, this is by far the most successful auction that we have ever presented,” said Tony Cline, Carlisle Auctions director of operations.
Carlisle Events’ next event is the annual Import & Performance Nationals scheduled for May 19-21, followed by the Ford Nationals, June 2-4, and the Chevrolet Nationals, June 23-25, with Chrysler, Hurst, Corvette and Carlisle Fall events to follow.
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