Cord, Rolls, Cobra lead bidding at RM Auction’s Auburn sale

Cord, Rolls, Cobra lead bidding at RM Auction’s Auburn sale

Diverse collection of both cars and automobilia highlight 4-day auction

A mixed bag of collector
cars ranging from classic to recent, domestic and European, led the bidding at
RM Auctions’ four-day Auburn, Indiana, sale that totaled more than $6.85
million in vehicles and automobilia.

A “marvelously
restored” 1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan, an ACD Club Category
One-certified car, was the highest seller at $157,300.  Jump ahead 85 years to the next top sale,
that of a 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith at $156,750. 

A Corvette on the auction block

Next up was 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX 8001, the first of Shelby American’s 8000 continuation series, at $104,500, followed by a 1988 1/2 Ferrari Testarossa at $99,000.  The fifth top seller was another car from the classic era, a 1932 Packard 900 Coupe Roadster, which went for $94,600. 

The Auburn Spring sale started this past Wednesday and Thursday with more than 800 pieces of automotive memorabilia, led by the impressive Bob Strauss Collection of signs and collector items.

The top automobilia seller of the collection was a Ford Jubilee Neon Sign, which went for $63,250.  A Gas Flying A Chicken Wings Logo Neon Sign surpassed its pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$20,000, bringing $27,730.

David and Susan Landow with their Zenith Award-winning 1931 Buick

“Once again, the Antique Automobile Club of America held its annual Grand National Meet at Auburn Spring, welcoming 400 cars, along with 200 judges and thousands of guests,” RM Auctions said in a news release. “The meet saw hundreds of incredible cars on display, including 16 finalists for the Zenith Award, bestowed upon the best restoration of the year.

“The 2019 award
went to a stunning 1931 Buick 8-94 Sport Roadster owned by David M. Landow of
Bethesda, Maryland. The seven-year restoration project ‘wowed’ the public and
other competitors alike.”

The top-10 sellers at the Auburn Spring auction were:

  1. 1930 Cord L-29 Convertible Phaeton Sedan, $157,300
  2. 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith, $156,750
  3. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX 8001, $104,500
  4. 1988 1/2 Ferrari Testarossa, $99,000
  5. 1932 Packard 900 Coupe Roadster, $94,600
  6. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, $93,500
  7. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible,$84,150
  8. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8, $81,400
  9. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427/390 convertible, $81,400
  10. 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible, $80,300

RM Auctions, a division of RM Sotheby’s, holds its flagship Monterey, California, auction on August 15-17 during Monterey Car Week. 

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