McCormick’s sale exceeds $6.12 million

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McCormick’s sale exceeds $6.12 million | ClassicCars.com Journal
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McCormick’s latest Palm Springs, California, collection car auction – Auction No. 63 in the company’s numerical naming sequence – reached more than $6.12 million for the recent three-day sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The results are “in the top 10 list for sales in the 31-year history, under sunny skies in Palm Springs,” the company proclaims on its web site. “Sales for (the) November 17-19 auction gained nearly $100,000 from the November auction a year ago and increased almost $500,000 from the auction in February 2017.”

McCormick’s sale exceeds $6.12 million | ClassicCars.com Journal
The 1936 limo is believed once owned by Charlie Chaplin

The auction achieved a 63.8 percent sell-through rate, with 322 vehicles sold out of 505 offered, according to company figures. Only one sale crossed into six figures in this laid-back event.

A pair of pre-war classic Packards led the results: a 1929 Phaeton convertible at $154,875 (all results include 5 percent buyer’s fees) followed by a 1936 LeBaron All Weather Cabriolet, reputedly owned originally by legendary silent-film star Charlie Chaplin, which went for $89,250.

Next were a pair of popular sports cars, a 1964 Porsche 356 SC coupe, at $87,150, and a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, at $80,850.

The top 10 sales for McCormick’s Auction 63 were:

1. 1929 Packard Phaeton convertible, $154,875.
2. 1936 Packard LeBaron All Weather Cabriolet, $89,250.
3. 1964 Porsche 356 SC coupe, $87,150.
4. 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, $80,850.
5. 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible, $74,550.
6. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $67,725.
7. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $65,625.
8. 1948 Oldsmobile 98 sedan, $65,100
9. 1956 Chrysler Windsor, $59,850.
10. 1954 Mercury Monterey Sun Valley, $59,850.

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(All results including buyer’s fees)

McCormick’s next sale at the same Palm Springs location will be held February 23-25. For more information, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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