Auctions America made waves in the collector car world this past weekend with its highly successful California Collector Car Auction in Burbank, California. Auctions America's first foray into the Los Angeles market included almost 400 automobiles as well an impressive selection of motorcycles and memorabilia and generated more than $17.2 million in total sales with nearly 84 percent of all lots sold. The auction represented Southern California's unique car culture with a mix of hot rods, exotic European sports cars and vehicles with Hollywood provenance, drawing thousands of attendees from across the country. It aired live for two days on NBC Sports Network, including color commentary from world-famous comedian and collector Jay Leno, whose encyclopedic car knowledge drew rave reviews from all in attendance.
Following a spirited round of bidding, top sale honors at the California auction went to 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, beautifully presented in white with red leather interior. Equipped from the factory with a very rare automatic transmission and benefitting from a well-preserved, first-rate restoration, the Cobra sold for $825,000 while the crowd cheered. Other highlights included a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster formerly owned by actor Robert Stack, which sold for $808,500, an exceptional 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS that sold for $291,500 and a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible that sold for $247,500. Coincidentally, the 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle formerly owned by Steve McQueen sold for $143,750 at nearly the same time the new Indian Motorcycle company was debuting its 2014 Indian Chief model.