Auctions America kicked off its 2015 auction season this past weekend (27–29 March) with a vibrant return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, generating more than $21.3 million in total sales with 76 percent of all lots sold. The impressive tally, which comprises the sale of 368 vehicles and select memorabilia, builds on the company's strong track record in South Florida and ranks the event as the company's strongest Fort Lauderdale performance in its 13-year history. Demonstrating the event's international appeal and consistent growth, bidders hailed from 14 countries and 45 states; significantly, 47 percent of buyers were new to Auctions America.
Another one of the most exciting auction moments of the weekend came when the sale's cover car, the one-of-a-kind 1964½ Ford Mustang III “Shorty” Factory Prototype crossed the podium. Arguably the most important Mustang ever offered for sale, “Shorty” was also the subject of a lively bidding war, eventually passing from its owner of 47 years to a new caretaker for $511,500.
In addition to a tremendous assortment of classics, this year's Fort Lauderdale sale placed a strong emphasis on late-model collectibles. This group was headlined by a pair of low-mileage Ford GTs, with a rare 2005 Ford GT, believed to be the lowest numbered example likely ever to be offered to the public, commanding $451,000, while a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition with just 2.7 miles, garnered $410,000.
Additional highlights of the weekend saw the company provide its auction services to benefit numerous important and deserving organizations. As part of Auctions America's commitment to give back to the local communities in which it operates, the Fort Lauderdale event raised the gavel on a 1934 Ford Street Rod Roadster, with 100 percent of proceeds from the vehicle's sale supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Stunning in pearl white with a black soft-top and grey custom interior, the street rod was joined on stage by a group of kids from the Club, who cheered it to a final sales price of $50,000. A non-profit private agency dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth, each year the Boys and Girls Clubs serve more than 12,500 at-risk youth, ages 6–18, in South Florida's Broward County. Auctions America was also proud to support Kansas' McPherson College and future student hobbyists, through the sale of a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe. McPherson stands alone as the only school to provide a bachelor's degree in Restoration Technology. The Bel Air generated a strong $26,400 during the event's Friday sale session with proceeds being used by the College to fund future shop projects.