McCormick tops $5 million in sales at Palm Springs auction

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McCormick posted more than $5 million in sales at the 65th Palm Springs auction. | McCormick photo
McCormick posted more than $5 million in sales at the 65th Palm Springs auction. | McCormick photo

McCormick sold more than $5.6 million in collector cars at its 65th Palm Springs Auction earlier this month, the company said in a release.

The actual sales number was $5,602,968. The auction reported a 64 percent sell-through rate.

A numbers-matching 1964 Porsche 356 SC with just 77,000 miles on the odometer and complete with its factory sunroof and six-volt electrical system led the sale. The car fetched $97,125 (prices reported include buyer’s fee).

This classic Porsche was the top selling car at McCormick's Palm Spring Auction. | McCormick photo
This classic Porsche was the top selling car at the Palm Spring Auction. | McCormick photo

That was followed by a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette roadster that had undergone a show-quality restoration and came with hard and soft tops. The car –- equipped with a 283cid engine rated at 245 horsepower and a 4-speed manual transmission –- sold for $70,875.

An American classic fetched the second-highest price at the 65th McCormick Auction in Palm Springs. | McCormick photo
An American classic fetched the second-highest price at the Palm Springs sale. | McCormick photo

A 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible was the third-high sale, fetching $65,100. The car has only been driven 6,000 miles since a body-off restoration was completed in 2001.

This Buick sold at the McCormick auction looked to be in great shape. | McCormick photo
This Buick sold at the auction looked to be in great shape. | McCormick photo

Top 10 sales, McCormick fall 2018:

  1. 1964 Porsche 356 SC — $97,125
  2. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette roadster — $70,875
  3. 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible — $65,100
  4. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — $64,050
  5. 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS Targa — $61,425
  6. 1970 Mercedes 270SL — $56,700
  7. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible — $56,700
  8. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette — $52,500
  9. 1967 Chevrolet Bel Air — $50,400
  10. 2005 Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible — $49,350
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(Prices reported include buyer’s fee.)

McCormick’s next sale is scheduled for February 22-24 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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