Once again demonstrating that the collector car community comes home to the Classic Car Capital of America for the Labor Day weekend, Auctions America’s flagship Auburn Fall sale was a resounding success, drawing record crowds and posting strong sales. Held 27–31 August during the famous ACD Festival, the Labor Day weekend tradition drew a record 81,500 enthusiasts to the Auburn Auction Park to witness nearly 1,100 quality collector cars and select memorabilia cross the auction block. Total sales exceeded $25.9 million, with bidders representing 15 countries from around the world and 43 states across the U.S. Illustrating the event’s continued growth and Auctions America’s effective marketing reach, more than one third of bidders represented first time clientele.
Topping the sales list, which boasted everything from turn-of-the-century Brass Era motor cars to modern European collectibles, was a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande. One of only 36 examples built and offered from 35 years of single-family ownership, the classic sold before a packed house during Saturday’s sale session for a strong $1,265,000. Additional highlights included a 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster, another perfect match for the ACD Festival weekend, for a respectable $423,500, along with a 2005 Ford GT which brought $330,000, far exceeding pre-sale expectations.