The annual Auctions America “Auburn Spring” Collector Car Weekend has been a long time spring tradition, gathering people from all over the country (and beyond!) for a three day event, centered around their love of automobiles! This year, the tradition was kept alive, and new elements were added, which has allowed the 2016 “Auburn Spring” Auction to be one of the most memorable years to date!
The newly introduced Cars & Coffee event commenced the final auction day on Saturday, May 7th! Beginning at 9:00 AM, the lots were quickly filled up with almost 100 cars of various makes and years! The “Cars & Coffee” schedule can be found on the Auctions America website or Facebook page!
The auction park wasn’t reserved for only cars though; Rescue Truck 4, which was used in the 9-11 terrorist attack, was on display as well! This emergency vehicle is part of the Remembrance Rescue Project based in Chicago. Two men from the organization were on site to tell about the emergency vehicle and said it was a great way to gain additional exposure. Read about this incredible piece of “mobile” history in one of our past blog posts, here!
Another large “vehicle” that was on display at the auction park this weekend was the Planters NUTmobile! This huge traveling peanut is on a 2016 Nationwide Tour in honor of Mr. Peanut’s 100th birthday! The next stops for the NUTmobile are Rhode Island and Virginia!
An additional aspect of this weekend was a newly introduced Retro Swap, specifically aimed at the 70’s era and vintage automobile finds and memorabilia! It wasn’t the only place to find automotive collectibles! The automobilia auction began both Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM before the collector car auction started! Jeremy Grieg, from the Chicago area, was intently watching the automobilia portion of the auction. He is a big collector of old license plates, automobilia and petroliana, and said he has lost track of how many items he has accumulated throughout the years!
During the collector car portion of the auction, expectations were surpassed! The highlights of the weekend were the selling of a ’68 Ferrari 365 for $247,500; a ’70 Mustang Boss for $238,700 (shown below); and a ’68 Shelby GT 500 for $159,500!
Wayne Carini, the star of “Chasing Classic Cars” on the Velocity channel was out at the auction park on Friday and Saturday to sign autographs, film portions of his show, and sell 6 cars from his personal collection! The entire sale amount of Carini’s ’66 Dodge Monaco, and the sale of a ’06 Ford Shelby Terlingua Mustang Coupe Tribute, that Auctions America sold, were donated to two Autism charities. A total of $20,900 went to Treasure Coast Autism Project and Autism Speaks! Wow!
Based on the exceptional results of the Auburn Spring Auction, we certainly cannot wait for the “Auburn Fall” weekend! Mark your calendar for the upcoming event, taking place September 1-4, 2016! See you there!