Auctions America by RM returned to Auburn, Indiana August 31 – September 4, 2011 for its second annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, posting over $18.5 million in total sales and 60.5% of all lots sold. Over 43,000 enthusiasts turned out to the Auburn Auction Park for the multi-day event, well exceeding expectations and last year’s attendance of 25,000.
Held during the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the 2011 Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend featured an auction with an extensive car corral and swap meet organized by Carlisle Events. Kicking off on Thursday afternoon and running through Sunday, the auction presented approximately 1200 cars, 80 vintage motorcycles and a select range of vintage memorabilia before a packed house.
“We’re thrilled the results from the weekend’s Auburn Fall event,” said Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. “From the sale results to event attendance, the swap meet and even onsite motorcoach parking and golf car rentals, numbers were up approximately 40 percent across the board on our inaugural event last year. The weekend certainly played a key role in putting Auburn back on the map as the Classic Car Capital of America and re-establishing the Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend a ‘must attend’ on the global collector car calendar.”
In keeping with the theme of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, a pair of pre-war Auburns were the top sales of the auction, with a 1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail reaching a final price of $396,000 and a 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton realizing $292,600. Other auction highlights included 68 vehicles and a selection of vintage motorcycles from Indiana’s Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection, headlined by a 1957 DeSoto Fireflight for $121,000. Bidders represented 10 countries around the world, including as far away as Germany, Sweden, Australia and Japan. On a national level, bidders represented 35 states from across America.
Auctions America by RM Auburn Fall 2011 – Top Five Auction Results
Beyond the auction cars, the sale presented Auctions America’s first extensive offering of vintage motorcycles since launching its new vintage motorcycle division earlier this year. The motorcycle offering was headlined by a 1930 Excelsior Super-X Streamliner for $33,600 and a 1917 Indian Twin for $31,472. In addition to the auction bikes, Auctions America also secured a number of private treaty motorcycle sales across the weekend, including that of a 2005 Harley-Davidson V-Rod ‘Evel Knievel’ Tribute Bike and a 1917 Henderson 4-Cylinder.
“We are very happy with the results from our debut motorcycle offering in Auburn,” said Glenn Bator, Head of Auctions America’s vintage motorcycle division. “The offering was very well-received and Motorcycle Alley, as it was described onsite, was a hive of activity throughout the weekend. From a marketing perspective, it was great to introduce Auburn to the motorcycle world, and we look forward to building on this year’s results in 2012.”
Auctions America donated a celebrity-autographed Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe to support the important work of Turnstone in Fort Wayne, a non-profit organization committed to providing therapy, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities. The bike was raffled and drawn during Saturday’s sale session.
In addition to the auction, the weekend’s program also featured one of the Midwest’s largest car corrals and swap meets, organized by Carlisle Events. With a total of 1600 spaces sold, including over 500 car corral spaces filled with collector automobiles, the swap meet and car corral was once again a popular attraction. Vendors represented over 31 states across the United States, traveling from as far as Washington and Florida to Auburn, in addition to vendors from Ontario and Quebec, Canada.
“Fall Auburn was blessed with good weather, good friends, and lots of cars and parts for everyone,” said Bill Miller Jr., co-founder and co-owner Carlisle Events. “Carlisle Events and Auctions America are putting all their years of experience together to bring the Auburn Auction Park back to being the place for the Midwest to enjoy huge Fall and Spring collector car events. We witnessed increased interest in this year’s car corral and swap meet, with a higher volume of spaces occupied, and look forward to continued growth in the years ahead.”
Auctions America by RM and Carlisle Events will wrap up an exciting month of automotive events, September 28 – October 2, 2011 with their Fall Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market and Auction, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, featuring an extensive swap meet and over 300 collector cars for auction. The Carlisle weekend will be closely followed on October 8, 2011 by Auctions America’s first dedicated vintage motorcycle sale at the Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.