28 March 2013

Auction Results: Auctions America’s 2013 Ft. Lauderdale sale

Auctions America returned to Ft. Lauderdale this past weekend, March 22-24, for its annual South Florida sale. This auction has quietly become one of the bigger events on the calendar, with results now approaching $20M. This year, the event saw 374 of 521 vehicles sell (a 72% sales rate) for a total of $17.5M, which represents 13% more automotive lots than in 2010, and a dollar volume that is 10% higher than the sale three years ago.

Notable sales include an early 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that sold for $880,000, including buyer’s premium, and 1963 Shelby Cobra CSX2023 with a non-original motor that earned $533,500. Enthusiasts who were waiting for a 190SL to tick past $150,000 at a venue outside of Arizona, Monterey or Amelia Island took note of a $155,100 sale of a 1960 190SL. This number, along with a second 190SL that sold for $110,000, clearly signals a market shift for the model. Steve McQueen’s much-hyped 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible also did not disappoint at $88,000.

Top 10:

  1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe sold for $880,000
  2. 1963 Shelby Cobra CSX2023 sold for $533,500
  3. 2012 Lexus LFA sold for $319,000
  4. 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton sold for $275,000
  5. 1931 Cadillac V12 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton sold for $203,500
  6. 1963 Ferrari 250 Drogo Speciale coupe sold for $203,500
  7. 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible sold for $181,500
  8. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 convertible sold for $167,750
  9. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fuelie convertible sold for $162,500
  10. 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible sold for $162,250

Auctions America’s next scheduled event is April 25-26 in Pennsylvania, held alongside the famed Spring Carlisle festivities.

Brian Rabold is editor of Hagerty Price Guide

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