Auctions America by RM held its Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction on March 15-18, 2012 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Florida, resulting in $17 million in total sales and a 72% sell-through rate.
The top result of the 10th annual Fort Lauderdale auction was a 1933 Chrysler CL Phaeton that sold for $341,000. Offered on Saturday at no reserve, it is one of only 36 Phaetons built from Chrysler’s top-of-the-line CL series. In addition, the sale also featured a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 that garnered $198,000 and is believed to be the only red-and-black 1970 LS6 convertible ever built. The Chevelle included the original build sheet, Protect-O-Plate and owner’s manual.
“This was the best Fort Lauderdale auction to date with such an impressive docket of vehicles,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM. “Bidders, consignors and attendees representing eight countries told us they were pleased with the remarkable selection and quality of vehicles we offered. We’re thrilled to see such a positive growth and interest in the hobby. From vintage Shelby Mustangs to historic Chevrolet Corvettes, pre-war classics and celebrity-owned rides, we had something for everyone.”
Auctions America by RM Fort Lauderdale 2012 – Top Ten Auction Results
1933 Chrysler CL Phaeton – $341,000
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible – $198,000
2006 Ford GT – $171,600
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – $178,200
1953 Chevrolet Corvette – $176,000
1954 Buick Skylark Convertible – $170,000
2007 Ferrari F430 Spider F1 – $162,250
1950 Chevrolet “Tin Woodie” – $154,000
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster – $145,750
Another highlight from the auction weekend was the offering of the Tony Parella Corvette Collection. With a 100% sell-through rate, the collection featured 26 Corvettes, representing every model year from 1953 through ’69, plus rare examples from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Fetching $176,000, a rare 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was the top seller of the Parella group. Chevrolet only built 300 Corvettes in the debut year of 1953; this is one of only 255 ’53 models still in existence.
“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said Parella. “While selling my Corvette collection through Auctions America, the care and effort they put into handling my sale exceeded my wildest expectations.”
Auctions America continues its 2012 auction calendar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 26-27, for the 2nd annual Spring Carlisle Auction at the Carlisle Expo Center. For more information, visit www.auctionsamerica.com.