Auctions America extends strong Florida sale season; Barrett-Jackson next
By Larry Edsall
With a 72-percent sell-through rate, including all 26 vehicles from the Tony Parella Corvette Collection, Auctions America by RM enjoyed $17 million in sales at its 10th annual Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event.
The Auctions America event continued a strong season on the Florida peninsula, where Mecum did $60 million in late January at Kissimmee, RM did $38.3 at the Milhouse museum and then $23 million more on Amelia Island, where Gooding & Company took in $36 million.
And the Florida season isn't over yet; Barrett-Jackson's annual sale at Palm Beach is scheduled April 5-7.
'33 Chrysler tops Lauderdale auction
One of 36 1933 Chrysler CL Phaeton sold for $341,000 to lead all sales at Auctions America's event at Fort Lauderdale, where the second-high sale was $198,000 for what is believed to be the only red-and-black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible ever built.
Another highlight of the auction was the sale of the Tony Parella Corvette Collection, 26 cars representing every model year from 1953 through 1969 as well as others from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Top sale among the Parella ‘Vettes was one of the 300 1953 cars, which brought $176,000.
Auctions America's next event is April 26-27 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Branson auction on as scheduled
Although the Branson auto museum was damaged and the host hotel is being changed in the aftermath of the Leap Day tornado, the 32nd annual Branson Collector Car Auction will take place as scheduled, April 20-21 in the Missouri resort community.
Damage to the Hilton will make Hilton Promenade, located just across the street, the official host hotel for the event, which will be held at the Branson Convention Center.
Meanwhile, the Branson Auto Museum is closed pending repairs to the building.
Monterey reunion draws 800-plus entries
More than 800 vintage racing car owners have turned in entries for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where Ford Motor Company is preparing a special display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford-powered Shelby Cobra.
Among the more than 800 entries are 56 Cobras, of which only 45 will be selected for on-track participation August 17-19 at Laguna Seca.
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