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Indy 500 Race Cars Offered at Worldwide Auburn Auction 2010

1954 Watson Bob Estes SpecialThose making the annual journey to Auburn, Indiana, this Labor Day Weekend, can look forward to an assortment of motorcars at Worldwide Auctioneers’ expanded event, the Auburn Auction. The company’s premier catalogue auction of automobiles will this year serve as “The Main Event” and Saturday evening climax to an expanded three-day sale, running from September 2nd through September 4th, 2010.

Indy 500 enthusiasts can look forward to a rare opportunity to bid on a pair of iconic race cars, each one original and fully documented. First, an authentic 1952 Kurtis Offy KK 500A Indianapolis Racing Roadster, the # 34 Automobile Shippers Special, number two of four built, presented in its 1952 livery. It is the second oldest surviving and only Kurtis 500A currently available in the world. This veteran race car will be presented along with the first roadster-style Indy 500 racer constructed by A.J. Watson with Jud Phillips, the 1954 Watson Indianapolis Roadster or “Bob Estes Special”. Historically linked, both cars placed in the Top-5 in the same race at the 1954 Indianapolis 500.

“Here is an excellent opportunity to acquire two historically significant racecars that have each played their own compelling role in the history of America’s legendary race, The Indianapolis 500, which next year will celebrate its own centennial”, said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer.

“Both cars have been exercised in recent years and will no doubt cause a stir when taken to the track, as they will no doubt be invited virtually everywhere. We look forward to welcoming friends and fellow enthusiasts back to Auburn and promise you a great weekend of superior automobiles like these, a level of service and commitment second to none and a host of associated festivities laid on by our colleagues at The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, Museum and of course Festival.”

Also set to go under the hammer as a highlight of “The Main Event” is a 1929 Duesenberg J LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton, ACD certified Category 1 and ready to show. It will be joined on stage by a further assortment of pre-war automobiles, including the ex-President Herbert C. Hoover 1932 Cadillac 452 B V-16 Imperial Limousine, a CCCA Premier Award-winning 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Coupe and a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria Coupe, a class winner at Pebble Beach. For those preferring sporty to stately, also on offer is a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, the subject of a meticulous restoration with full SV updates.

The Auburn Auction will take place from September 2nd through September 4th at Worldwide’s 140 acre headquarters in Auburn, Indiana, as an integral part of the celebrated and long-standing Auburn Cord Duesenberg Weekend. It incorporates “More Great Cars,” which will run daily beginning 10am Thursday through Saturday, with 150 cars going under the hammer each day. “The Main Event” is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, September 4th at 6PM and will as usual be limited to 80 exceptional motorcars.

Consignments may be discussed with Rod Egan, John Kruse, or any of Worldwide’s Motorcar Specialists at 1.260.925.6789 and viewed at, along with full schedules and ongoing updates.

[Source: Worldwide Auctioneers]