Big guns: Military vehicles join Auburn auction docket

This 1941 Krupp 8.8cm Flak 36 artillery gun is among the museum pieces headed to auction | Auctions America photos by Teddy Pieper
This 1941 Krupp 8.8cm Flak 36 artillery gun is among the museum pieces headed to auction | Auctions America photos by Teddy Pieper

Five years ago, Auctions America managed an on-site auction at the National Military History Center in Auburn, Indiana, generating $2.97 million in sales so the museum could pay off its mortgage.

Next month, 15 more military vehicles, each formerly displayed at the museum, will be offered up for bidding at Auction America’s annual Auburn Spring sale, being held just across the street — well, on the other side of the Interstate highway — at the Auburn Auction Grounds. Continue reading

Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctions

The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America has been repaint its factory Royal Maroon | Auctions America
The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America is a low-mileage survivor | Auctions America

Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

25-year wait might be worth it for this taste of Cappuccino

1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos
1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos

When I was one of the editors of AutoWeek magazine, we used to do a semi-regular feature called NFUSS, short for Not For U.S. Sale. These were cars we’d have loved to drive, and for our readers to drive as well, if only they had they been available in the United States automotive market instead of being restricted to their Asian or European homelands.

One of the cars we were eager to feature was the Suzuki Cappuccino, launched in 1991 after being teased two years earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Major collection of Porsche cars, automobilia at Auctions America

The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America
The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America photos

Yet another large Porsche collection is going to auction, with Auctions America offering the no-reserve sale of 26 cars spanning 48 years of Porsche production, and an extensive trove of automobilia, during its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sale March 31-April 1.

Ranging from a 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster to a 2003 Porsche 996 Turbo, the JLB Autocrib Collection was compiled by Connecticut enthusiasts Jack and Alice Gish, who scoured the country looking for the finest examples of Porsches and collector items related to the German sports car brand, according to Auctions America. Continue reading

Bidders go berserk over dusty Porsche Speedster on Hilton Head

Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper
Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper

The dirty Aquamarine Blue 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster that went from more than 40 years of storage in a Chicago-area garage to Auctions America’s second sale at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival figured to sell for as much as a quarter-million dollars.

But bidding sped past that point until the car sold for $665,000 (including buyer’s premium) at the sale Saturday. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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Porsche survivors, old and new, offered by Auctions America

The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America
The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America

Two Porsche sports cars from opposite ends of the collector car spectrum, a 1957 356A 1600 Speedster “barn find” in picturesque condition and a 2004 Carrera GT in brand-new condition, will be offered by Auctions America during its Hilton Head Island sale November 5 in South Carolina.

The auction takes place during the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale is described by Auctions America as a “boutique event” with just 120 cars up for bidding, a small number by the auction company’s usual standards. Continue reading