Cayman museum cars to cross the block at Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale

1958 Chevrolet sale will benefit McPherson College | Auctions America photos
1958 Chevrolet sale will benefit McPherson College | Auctions America photos

The biggest classic car auction news in Florida may emerge each winter from Amelia Island, but it’s not the only sale in the Sunshine State. Mecum Auctions staged its huge Kissimmee auction back in January, and Barrett-Jackson is preparing for its annual Palm Beach auction in mid-April.

And Auctions America opens its 2015 calendar with its annual Fort Lauderdale sale March 27-29, when some 500 vehicles — including those accessible to entry-level hobbyists — will cross the block at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The docket will include six-figure cars, but a trip through the online auction catalog also shows a lot of cars with pre-auction estimates of less than $20,000.

For example, a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe being sold to benefit McPherson College and its auto-restoration technology program has a pre-auction estimated value range of $15,000 to $25,000.

Several of the cars from a special Chrysler Shelby Collection — 1983 and 1986 Shelby Charger hatchbacks, a 1985 Chrysler Laser XE hatchback, a pair of 1989 Shelby CSX hatchback — have pre-auction estimates of less than $20,000. The most expensive car of the grouping — the 1984 Dodge CART/PPG Indy Car Series pace car — is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT from the Cayman museum | Darin Schnabel photo
1959 Ferrari 250 GT from the Cayman museum | Darin Schnabel photo

Four other collections are being offered at the auction, including more than a dozen from the Mundt Collection and 50 cars and motorcycles from the Cayman Motor Museum, which has closed for renovation which its website says will allow it to display “a great selection of its core collection of motor vehicles… racing boats and associated historical memorabilia” when the museum reopens next winter.

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The auction also is offering such vehicles as a 1989 Renault 5 Turbo, 1905 Cupel open touring, 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedan DeVille town car, 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale, 1959 Ferrari 250 GT coupe, 1970 Ferrari Dino 256 GT, 1979 Ferrari 512 BB, 1977 Maserati Khamsin, and many more.

Also on the docket are:

The 'Shorty' Mustang III
The ‘Shorty’ Mustang III
  • The 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang III “Shorty” factory prototype;
  • A 1987 Lamborghini Contact 5000 Quattrovalvole with single-family ownership since new and less than 10,000 miles on its odometer;
  • A 1934 Ford street rod roadster that will be sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County;
  • A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition;
  • A 2005 Ford GT in black with silver stripes;
  • A matched pair of 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible and sport coupe (selling back to back as Lots 444 and 445);
  • A 1992 Fort GT 40 Mk V Spyder by Safir;
  • A mid-‘80s Ford GT 40 Mk IIB by Wingfield;
  • A 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman woodie convertible;
  • A 1931 Cadillac V12 convertible coupe;
  • A 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500E convertible;
  • A 1968 Shelby GT 500KR convertible;
  • A 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

    1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible
    1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

The complete catalog is available online.


A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.