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