Auctions America - 'til the Cars Come Home

Auburn IN, Aug 5 2013 - Auctions America made waves in the collector car world Aug 1-3 with its highly successful California Collector Car Auction in Burbank, California. Auctions America’s first foray into the Los Angeles market included almost 400 automobiles as well an impressive selection of motorcycles and memorabilia and generated more than $17.2 million* in total sales with nearly 84 percent of all lots sold.

400+ Cars Auctions America California

The auction represented Southern California’s unique car culture with a mix of hot rods, exotic European sports cars and vehicles with Hollywood provenance, drawing thousands of attendees from across the country. It aired live for two days on NBC Sports Network, including color commentary from world-famous comedian and collector Jay Leno, whose encyclopedic car knowledge drew rave reviews from all in attendance. 

NBC Sports & Jay Leno Live Auctions America Californmia

“This auction proves that with the right vehicles and the right team, Southern California can host a lucrative and successful collector car auction,” says Auctions America’s Ian Kelleher. “With over 400 listings and over 83% of the lots sold, with numbers above expectations, we could not be happier with the results of our first California Sale. The location in Burbank was central to most Los Angeles residents and the fact that we were just a few blocks from several major movie studios while cars with serious Hollywood history rolled over the block helped, but many of the top cars sold were simply outstanding cars that were highly sought-after. We want to thank everyone who came out to the sale – we will be back.”

Hollywood Cars Auctions America California

1959 Ford Custom Thunderbird Convertible - "Macabre Mobile". Made famous in the 1988 movie starring Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, “Mistress of the Dark”
George Barris custom replica of original.

Top sale honors at the California Auction went to:

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Auctions America California

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra - Beautifully presented in white with red leather interior. Equipped from the factory with a very rare automatic transmission and benefitting from a well-preserved, first-rate restoration, the Cobra sold for $825,000 while the crowd cheered.

Other highlights included:

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold Auctions America California

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster - formerly owned by actor Robert Stack, which sold for $808,500

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS Auctions America California

An exceptional 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS sold for $291,500

1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible  Auctions America California

A 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible sold for $247,500

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Auctions America California

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona sold for $401,500

1946 Indian Chief  Auctions America California

1946 Indian Chief motorcycle - formerly owned by Steve McQueen sold for $143,750

Auctions America will welcome the collector car community back to the Auburn Auction Park for the annual Auburn Fall weekend, August 29 - September 2. A Labor Day weekend tradition, the multi-day event is one of the country’s premier celebrations of the collector car hobby and the longest running event in collector car auction history.

Complete results from Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale, along with further information on upcoming events, is available online at

1970 Campbell Promotional V-8 Roadster by George Barris Auctions America California

1970 Campbell Promotional V-8 Roadster by George Barris Auctions America California

1970 Campbell Promotional V-8 Roadster by George Barris Auctions America California

1970 Campbell Promotional V-8 Roadster by George Barris - Sold $77,000 Using an automotive theme to promote Campbell’s popular V-8 vegetable juice brand, it is built in the shape of a V-8 can, sitting on an angle-iron chassis.

About Auctions America
Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 140 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Burbank, California. To learn more about Auctions America, visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica

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