Branson readies its hometown spring auction

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The 1935 Ford Phaeton has been fitted with a 1936 Ford front end | Branson Auction photos

Twice a year, the Branson Auction launches its hometown collector car sales, held in April and October at the Branson Convention Center in downtown Branson, Missouri, and just down the road apiece from “beautiful Lake Taneycomo.”

Branson’s spring auction takes place April 20-21 with more than 150 vehicles, including classics, resto-mods, street rods, muscle cars, sports cars, pickup trucks and cruisers. The 40-year-old auction company, owned and operated by Jim and Kathy Cox, offers at its auctions a wide range of collector cars to meet most budgets.

Among the pre-war beauties, each of them said to be completely restored, are a 1935 Ford Phaeton with a 1936 front end, a 1936 Auburn 852 SC cabriolet, a 1939 Packard Super Eight convertible and a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible.

A 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-code fastback will be a performance highlight

American muscle cars include a 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-code fastback, a 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda 383 hardtop and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hardtop, each of them said to be authentic. There are also some high-performance street rods and customs ready to rumble.

Horsepower junkies might be interested in the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt tribute, built to replicate the rare factory drag racers and powered by a 427 stroked to 468cid and dyno’d at 727 horsepower, enough to run the quarter mile in 9 seconds, the consigner says.

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A number of classic British sports cars will cross the block, such as a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, a 1955 MGTF roadster, a 1955 MGA roadster, a 1973 Triumph TR6 and a pair of 1967 Austin Healey 3000 convertibles.

Late-model exotics are also on the docket from such European brands as Ferrari, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz.

For more information, visit the Branson Auction website.

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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