Dual-Ghia tops $4 million New England Auto Auction

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The scene in the auction room | Owls Head museum photos

The annual New England Auto Auction benefiting the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine posted sales of more than $4 million with 178 vehicles sold at a 72 percent sell-through rate.

Five vehicles brought $100,000 or more and the average sales price was nearly $24,000, the museum said.

1957 Dual Ghia tops all seller

“The shining star… was a 1957 Dual-Ghia, one of less than 120 ever produced and among less than 40 known to exist today,” the museum reported. The one at the auction sold for $275,000, the highest price paid at the recent auction.

A numbers-matching 1970 Plymouth Superbird driven only 54,000 miles since new sold for $187,000.

“The results speak for themselves,” said auction director Tony Stinson.

1970 Plymouth Superbird

Top 10 sales, New England Auto Auction 2018

  1. 1957 Dual-Ghia, $275,000
  2. 1970 Plymouth Superbird, $187,000
  3. 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo, $130,900
  4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette ‘split-window’ coupe, $123,20
  5. 1958 Porsche 356A, $107,250
  6. 1932 Garwood Runabout (boat), $82,500
  7. 1940 Cadillac 75 Fleetwood, $74,250
  8. 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, $73,70
  9. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS (custom), $72,600
  10. 1967 Porsche 912, $69,300

The 42nd New England Auto Auction is scheduled for August 16-17, 2019 at the museum.

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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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