Premier Collector Car Auction Comes to South Carolina

Hilton Head

Auctions America signs on as the official auction house of the
2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (June 30, 2015) – Auctions America today announced the newest addition to its 2015 schedule of events, a collector car auction on Hilton Head Island as part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale, featuring approximately 100 investment-grade vehicles, will be held on Saturday, October 31, at the Motoring Festival’s host hotel, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.


Auctions America is the latest automotive leader to select South Carolina for business expansion. The company joins Motoring Festival partners such as BMW, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of manufacturing in South Carolina, and Volvo, which recently announced South Carolina as the location of its first American manufacturing facility. 


“With our world-class ports and competitive business environment, South Carolina has quickly become a top destination for companies in the automotive industry,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival celebrates the diversity and heritage of this industry, and we welcome Auctions America to our state.”


The new Auctions America event will see a carefully curated collection of rare and important automobiles cross the auction stage this Halloween on Hilton Head Island. From American classics to European sports cars, the offering will span the spectrum of the market, shining a spotlight on a broad variety of automotive styling and engineering. Early feature attractions include: a one-owner 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, just 3,000 kilometers from new (Est. $375,000 - $425,000); and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code, superbly restored to national prize-winning standards and loaded with factory accessories (Est. $175,000 - $225,000).



“Whether you like to watch, bid or buy, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a live collector car auction and we expect the Auctions America event will be a highlight of this year’s festival,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. “With over 20,000 anticipated visitors and an amazing selection of cars guaranteed, we encourage collector car enthusiasts to make their attendance plans as early as possible.”


Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America adds, “We are thrilled to partner with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance as we continue to expand our national footprint. The Motoring Festival is a perfect fit with our existing events calendar, both in terms of its timing, as well as its location; Auctions America specializes in hosting events in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations, and Hilton Head Island is certainly a hub for collector car enthusiasts. This new sale will provide an exciting close to our 2015 season.”


In addition to the auction, other new events to the Motoring Festival schedule include:

·       The inaugural Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala on Friday, Oct. 30, including a special preview of select auction vehicles.

·       The Aero Expo on Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring vintage aircraft paired with Concours-caliber cars of the same era.


Entries for the Hilton Head Island Auction will be available for preview on Friday, Oct. 30, ahead of the auction on Saturday, Oct. 31. For further information or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please visit or call toll free 877.906.2437 (+1 260.927.9797 outside North America).

For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including spectator seating at the auction, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for sale online at

Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 180 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 14th year in the fall of 2015. The Festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, Oct. 23 – 25, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, at Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 1) will take center stage. Motoring Festival partners for 2015 include the Port Royal Golf Club, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, BMW Group, Volvo, Mingledorff's, Inc., Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. For more information, visit online.


Media Information:
Further information, hi-res images and interview opportunities are all available and can be easily arranged upon request. If you are interested in attending this event as a member of the media, please contact:

Amy Christie  +1 519.437.3047
Sadie Chapple +1 519.437.3053

For further information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance please contact:

Erin Abney         +1.770.649.0880