Leake sets December auction in Orlando at Ritchie Bros. facility

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Trucks cross the block at a Ritchie Bros.' auction in Orlando, Florida | Ritchie Bros. photos

The Leake Auction Company will stage its first major sale in Florida on December 8 when it offers around 250 collector cars for sale at Ritchie Bros.’ huge sales venue in Orlando, the companies announced. 

The consignments for the auction will be offered with no reserve prices.

Ritchie Bros., a publicly traded corporation that stages heavy-equipment auctions at sites around the world, acquired the historic Tulsa, Oklahoma-based collector car auction house earlier this year.

“With our acquisition by Ritchie Bros., we now have access to premier auction locations across the United States,” Richard Sevenoaks, general manager of Leake, is quoted in the news release. 

Bidders have plenty of room in the Orlando auction facility

“Our goal is to expand Leake operations into new areas of the country utilizing these sites. We’ve already identified several Ritchie Bros. locations we believe will be attractive to our clients. 

“The collector car market in Florida is thriving and December is the perfect time of year because of the ideal weather conditions and tourist options it provides traveling buyers.

“As a part of the Ritchie Bros. family, we now are able to market the Leake events and consigned vehicles to hundreds of thousands of potential buyers around the globe,” he added.

With the exception of a one-time auction in Detroit and another planned for Southern California but with consignments moved to Oklahoma City because of fires in the Los Angeles area, Leake had been a family run and Midwestern collector car auction company founded in 1972 by Sevenoaks’ father-in-law James Leake Sr.

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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 ClassicCars.com, 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.

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