Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
31 March - 2 April 2017


Auctions America celebrated 15 years in South Florida by posting $17.3 million in total sales at its annual Fort Lauderdale event. Widely celebrated as South Florida's premier collector car auction, the sale at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center saw more than 400 quality vehicles and nearly 200 lots of automobilia cross the block, with 76 percent of all lots finding new homes. Reflecting Auctions America's extensive client network and marketing reach, bidders hailed from 42 states and 11 countries.

The event's top 10 results demonstrate the market's continuing appetite for high-quality examples of the most iconic collector cars, as well as modern high-performance vehicles. Topping the sales list was a beautifully restored 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, gorgeous in its period-correct Silver Grey Metallic over Red leather, which sold for a final $1,200,000. Rounding out the top three, a six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB realized $412,500, while a rare U.S.-specification late-production 1990 Lamborghini LM002-A hit the top end of its estimate at $299,750. Of course also worthy of mention is the 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe formerly owned by President Donald Trump, which attracted plenty of attention during the preview and was contested by multiple bidders in the room and on the phone during Saturday's sale session. The car exchanged hands just minutes after it left the podium for a final $270,000, an impressive sum given similar versions of the model without the added provenance traditionally bring $125,000–$175,000. The new owner will receive a copy of the original vehicle title bearing Trump's New York City Trump Tower address and distinctive signature.

Another highlight of the weekend was the presentation of the much-buzzed-about JLG Autocrib Porsche Collection—a group of 26 influential Porsches and assorted memorabilia—which kicked off the three-day sale on a positive note on Friday. The result of four decades of meticulous acquisition by noted collectors Jack and Alice Gish, the collection crossed the block entirely without reserve, with strong prices achieved across the board. Headlining the collection was a restored 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster, which brought a strong $255,750, while a Butterscotch 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe garnered $97,350.