Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction Saturday …
Saturday was prime time at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. Cars On Line and its Facebook followers spent much of this afternoon discussing some of the high profile sales here at the first spring sale in Southeastern Florida for 2017. It was a session of fun and entertainment as we hosted an online “happening” with our Facebook community. Our readers watched the Auctions America live stream online. Then many kept another browser window open to join in on our auction discussion on Facebook.
The top sale was a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster selling to an internet bidder after the it crossed the auction block as a No Sale. Bidding had reached $1,125,000 while it was on the auction block. The online bidder continued to negotiate until late in the afternoon and finally purchased the car for $1,200,000.
In the ’60s, Mercedes-Benz made a name here in the U.S. by exporting its brash 300SL Roadster to an American audience. This 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster benefitted from the European legend, the Gullwing coupes of Grand Prix racing fame. It is one of just 26 built in the final year of 300SL production. It included a higher compression version of the 3.0-liter six cylinder Mercedes engine with a sports camshaft.
Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2017 – Top 10 Sales
|Lot 557||1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster||$1,200,000|
|Lot 554||2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (Manual)||$412,500|
|Lot 496||1990 Lamborghini LM002-A||$299,750|
|Lot 552||2005 Ford GT||$280,500|
|Lot 569||2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe||$270,000|
|Lot 225||1955 Porsche 356 Speedster||$255,750|
|Lot 549||2011 Porsche Speedster||$243,000|
|Lot 564||1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429||$231,000|
|Lot 566||1966 Shelby GT 350H ‘Hertz’ Fastback||$231,000|
|Lot 510||1997 Lamborghini VT Roadster||$211,750|
Our Facebook fans enjoyed predicting the value of each car as they approached the auction block. What we like about this auction is that there are always a lot of “blue collar” classic cars and muscle cars offered. And that means there are always a few bargains. You never know when a buyer will get lucky.
Here is a review of the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction, March 31-April 2, 2017. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is billed as South Florida’s premier collector car auction. Bidders from the U.S. and 18 other countries were anticipated to bid on affordable examples of fine American classic and muscle cars and European sports cars. Classic Porsches were very popular and probably got the highest overall average prices at this show.
A 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, which was purchased new by President Donald Trump in 2007, still has under 6,000 miles, serviced at Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island. It has a 6-speed paddle shift F1 transmission and Daytona styled wheels. The Rosso Corso red Ferrari F430 is powered by a 4.3L 490-hp V8 engine. The title included President Trump’s Trump Tower, New York address and his distinctive, bold signature. President Trump owned the car for a little over four years. Bidding reached $240,000, and as the president’s Ferrari rolled off the stage it was announced that an internet buyer was still negotiating. Hours later Auctions America came out with a statement that the car ended up selling for $270,000, a price which would be a record for a 2007 Ferrari F430 with the F1 paddle-shifted automatic transmission.
Buick’s big 50th Anniversary celebration was the reveal of the 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible, Lot # 543, the car of the future. And did the future ever look bright for GM’s Buick division. This car showed off what Buick engineer’s were capable of doing. Bid up to $100,000. Did not meet reserve.
Ford’s entry into NASCAR’s thundering big block wars was the legendary Boss 429 Mustang. Although the Mustang was just a placebo for the Boss 429 motor to be homologated for NASCAR, the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang has become an icon for the muscle car era. The one that will be auctioned off at the Ft Lauderdale sale is a late build among the 859 Boss 429’s produced by Ford in 1969. You may remember it from the feature article written about it in Mustang Monthly magazine. They were expecting over $180,000 for this one. Reserve is off! SOLD for $210,000!
Also see these very rare lots:
1903 Buckmobile Runabout, estimated to be worth $25,000
1941 Buick Roadmaster Convt, estimated at $75,000
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Convt, might sell for $65,000
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, valued at over $80,000
1964 Amphicar 770, valued at over $45,000
1988 Porsche 911 Slantnose Cabrio, No Reserve
1963 Jaguar Series 1 Convt, Jaguar experts must see
You can view the entire auction on the Auctions America website by streaming their live feed. Join Cars On Line for coverage on our Facebook and Instagram pages for commentary on Saturday, April 1. As always, our Facebook friends will join in on the discussion.