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RM’s Auburn Spring auction offers diverse collector car range


RM Auctions rolls into Indiana this week for its biannual Auburn Spring sale, featuring a highly diverse “something-for-everybody” auction of about 300 collector cars and 800 pieces of automobilia. 

The auction, to be held May 29 through June 1 at Auburn Auction Park, will take place in conjunction with the return of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s annual Grand National, which will include the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club for its first joint national meet.

The first 8000-series Shelby Corba continuation is presented in plain aluminum

Among the featured RM auction cars is the first 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 continuation model, CSX 8001, produced by Shelby American and one of the few completed with an aluminum body.  With cars from the original run of 1960s Shelby Cobras reaching into seven figures, this more-recent example has an estimated pre-auction value of $130,000 to $160,000.

Another piece of Ford history is a 1973 Ford Mustang Trans Am, “one of the last chassis Kar Kraft designed prior to Ford terminating factory-supported racing and originally sold unfinished to Ed Hinchliff, who assembled and campaigned the car in-period,” according to an RM news release.  Its estimated value is $65,000 to $85,000.  

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 roadster

Featured among the European contingent is a 1988½ Ferrari Testarossa, red over a black leather interior, with an estimated value of $100,000 to $120,000.  Other European collector cars includes a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 1290 SL, valued at $110,000 to $125,000; a 1969 Jaguar E-type Series 2 roadster with a value of $100,000 to $120,000; and a 1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible, valued at $75,000 to $85,000.

1934 Packard Eight 2/4 passenger coupe

American classics from the 1930s include a 1930 Cord L-29 convertible sedan with its innovative front-wheel-drive, with a value of $200,000 to $250,000; a 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton with evocative styling by Gordon Buehrig, valued at $150,000 to $160,000; and a pair of Packard CCCA Full Classics, a 1938 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet By Brunn, one of just four examples built for that year, value estimated at $125,000 to $150,000, and a 1934 Packard Eight 2/4-passenger coupe, with a value of $125,000-$140,000. 

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S Edition

Modern exotics that will cross the auction block include a V12-powered 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe, valued at $200,000 to $225,000; a 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S “Edition 1,”  with a value of $125,000 to $150,000; and a 2007 Noble M400 powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 Ford Duratec engine, valued at $75,000 to $85,000.

For more information about RM’s Auburn Spring sale, visit the auction website

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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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