Last weekend, I headed out to the annual Auburn Spring Auction that took place at the Auctions America Park. It was estimated that 25,000-30,000 people were in attendance and nearly 350 cars were up for sale by auction.
The auction brought in people from all over the U.S., and members of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) for their annual meet! The club started in 1935 and has approximately 60,000 members across the U.S.
Joseph Kurtz, 4 year member of the AACA, traveled to the event from Lockport, New York. He did not come alone though, he brought his 1926 Buick, which is one of five still around today. He also is the owner of two other classics: a 1980 Buick Turbo and 1985 Buick LaSabre.
Kurtz had purchased the 1926 car 20 years ago, from a Buick Dealership located 7 miles away from his house. Kurtz recalled, “I figured I would just drive it home since it wasn’t too far away, but I didn’t make it! The radiator overheated!” Ultimately, Kurtz had to replace the radiator twice, and the engine once. “They had to ship the things from England. Not New England… England!” He laughed.
I also had the opportunity to watch the fast-paced auction and specifically, see the “highlight” cars be bid on and sold. This year’s “Cover Car,” the 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Hardtop, was estimated at $340,000-$380,000, and got a bid of $300,000, but did not sell.
Also considered a main feature of the auction was the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet. This sharp looking convertible was estimated to be about $300,000-$350,000 and sold for $299,750. The top seller, however, was the 2006 Ford GTX1 TT “Spyder” for $330,000. This sports car is one of 30 that Ford produced.
Many people in attendance were not bidders, but car enthusiasts, enjoying the auction atmosphere. Jim, from Dayton, Ohio, was one of them. He said, “I have always loved cars. I’m interested in seeing the ’77 Camaro Z28 get auctioned off.” Though he wasn’t willing to bid this weekend, he mentioned, “I’ll be back for the fall, I love the excitement these auctions bring.”