Eye Candy: Auctions America Spring Auction, Auburn, Indiana

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1958 GMC Custom V8 street truck

We drove through a few sprinkles on our way to Auburn, Indiana, for the Spring Collector Car Auction & Swap Meet put on by Auctions America, a subsidiary of the RM Sotheby’s. Some of you older folks will remember this as the Kruse Spring Auction formerly hosted on Memorial Day. The Kruse company is long gone and RM moved the sale to an earlier in the month a few years ago. The facility the Kruse family developed before selling out sprawls over a couple hundred acres and has been upgraded by Auctions America and is right next to I-69 where it is easily accessible.

The overcast weather continued to threaten with just a few squalls interrupting the outside activities, but the auction takes place inside a huge building complex and continued with enthusiasm.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is just a few miles away in downtown Auburn and is one of the finest auto museums in the country. The ACD is an essential stop when in the area.

The old-car weekend here includes the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Spring Meet which brings about 300 cars to the show field. Hagerty Insurance hosted a Youth Judging event there as well.

Other features of the weekend include a swap meet, vender area and “for sale by owner” lot.

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Photos by Steve Purdy

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Steve Purdy has been writing about and photographing cars, both old and new, for over 30 years. His words and images have appeared in more than a dozen publications and his photos have been featured in a variety of galleries. He has been involved in radio, film and TV projects as well including the creation of his own radio show about automobiles and motorsports that is currently part of the Web-based Michigan Business Network. His first love is classic and collector cars which, he says, represent the best in automobile aesthetics.