Auctions America’s second annual California sale bested the company’s 2013 results in every category. Held from July 31st through August 2nd the multi-day auction presented more than 400 quality vehicles plus rare memorabilia before a packed house, generating more than $17.5 million in total sales.
An eclectic mix of automobiles offered something for every car enthusiast, from the entry-level collector to the veteran hobbyist. Appropriate to the sale’s Los Angeles setting, several vehicles boasted celebrity provenance.
“The success of our second California Sale is a tribute to the enthusiasm in the Los Angeles-area collector-car community,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of Auctions America’s West Coast Division. “This sale offers California enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase anything from a late-model sports car to a seven-figure concours-quality classic without having to travel out of town. Last year’s results were unprecedented, and this year surpassed our expectations.”
The sale’s crown jewel was a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster finished in the iconic color combination of red over tan with a tan top. The thoroughly restored Mercedes-Benz was in remarkable condition, exemplified by its $1,155,000 price tag. Another eye-opener was a rare Ferrari 333 SP engine, which commanded a sum of $310,500.
Examples of future collectibles included a 1988 BMW E30 M3 for $56,100 and a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera, which garnered $181,500. Also notable was a 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta at $214,500. The Hollywood aura helped a low-mileage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 sell for $55,000 on an auction block located a few miles from where “Back To The Future” was filmed.
High-profile customs included a 1935 Ford pickup built by legendary hot-rodder Gene Winfield, who watched his creation sell for $143,000. The “Unknown Roadster,” a barn-find 1931 Model A-based rod with undocumented provenance, realized $78,100.
Auctions America’s California Sale Top 5 sales:
Lot 3065 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $1,155,000
Lot 3098 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa $1,017,500
Lot 3150 1990 Ferrari F40 $990,000
Lot 2149 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra $962,500
Lot 3102 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC $759,000
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