A 1957 Ford Fairlane E Code Skyliner Retractable was the featured car here at the Carlisle Spring Auction in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. And now the world knows why. This stunning collector car on display here at the Carlisle Expo Center on Saturday was the top sale of the event. When it crossed the auction stage the bidding was heated. Onlookers were fascinated as the top went up and down. It soon became obvious it was going to sell for over six figures. By the time the smoke had cleared it sold for $127,500.
The Ford Retractable was one of only 38 E Code Skyliners produced by Ford Motor Company in 1957. It was the only year the E Code dual quad 4-barrel carburetors were offered by Ford. The Skyliner is one of the rarest Fords in existence. It has been restored and won the AACA Junior, Senior and Grand National awards.
After the auction, the Carlisle Auction staff announced that they had recorded record sales with a 72 percent sell through rate on auction offerings. Over 400 cars were offered in the Carlisle Auction this year. It was an interesting two days of auctioneering, proving that the collector car market is alive and well here in America’s historic southern Pennsylvania.
Click through the slider below and take a look at the top cars and prices here at the Carlisle Spring Auction.
Our Cars-On-Line Car Show team was on hand to cover the Carlisle Spring Auction, April 22-23, 2021 for its readers. Car collectors worldwide were watching this week as the collector car market is poised to see prices rise. After a COVID imposed year of restrictions, car collectors have been hoping that classic car values would make a comeback. The auction results are a confirmation that things are getting back to normal in the collector car hobby.
Sun and warm weather finally arrived just in time to make Friday and Saturday a little more welcoming for car show goers. Throngs of people and long lines were experienced each morning getting into the Carlisle Fairgrounds where the Carlisle Car Show and Swap Meet is being held, April 21-25, 2021. The famous Carlisle classic car swap meet is one of the top places in the country to find old car parts. Traditionally, the giant swap meet is what draws classic car collectors here from all over the Eastern side of the U.S. There were 8,000 parts vendors on the 82-acre Carlisle Fairgounds this week.
Click the video window here to get a taste of what a giant classic car swap meet is like:
Carlisle Events, the promoters for all the car shows at Carlisle during the year, said they were glad they had taken the chance and gone ahead with this event despite the head winds of the COVID pandemic. And swap meet vendors were certainly appreciative of their courage in putting on this show this month. Over half of the car shows that you would normally have a chance to go to this year have been cancelled. It was so good to be out at a car show again, enjoying the smell of the exhaust and getting that feeling when you hear a cammed up engine rumbling by.
The promoters for the two-day Carlisle Spring Auction have posted some of the auction inventory on the Cars-On-Line website during the past two months. Follow this link to see more of their classic car and specialty car inventory.
Our readers can also view the entire two days of the Carlisle Spring Auction on YouTube.com by following this link.