Jay Leno To Appear At Auctions America's Debut California Sale

Auburn IN, Jul 16 2013 - Auctions America is excited to announce that well-known car collector and television personality Jay Leno will make a special appearance and provide color commentary for the live television coverage of its highly anticipated California Auction. NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 p.m. PT and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. PT. Fittingly, the auction will take place at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel on Aug. 1-3, just a few miles from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jay Leno’s Garage” host’s NBC studios. Auction attendees will be able to watch Leno provide insight and a humorous take on the world of car collecting as he joins NBC Sports Network hosts Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. The live broadcast of the auction, produced by Roger Wilco Productions, includes more than 400 collector cars ranging from rare European exotics to iconic Southern California Hot Rods along with an exciting series of vehicles with celebrity provenance.

Auctions America California

- World famous car collector and host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jay Leno’s Garage” to provide color commentary for Auctions America’s California Sale coverage on NBC Sports Network

Jay Leno Hosts Auctions America on NBC Sports Network

- Leno joins hosts Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett at 3 p.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Burbank auction
- Exclusive, live television coverage of the sale to air on NBC Sports Network, Aug. 2 from 7-9 p.m. PT and Aug. 3 from 1-5 p.m. PT
- Sale features more than 400 quality collector cars, half offered without reserve

1957 Mercedes-Benze 300 SL Roadster, Owned by Robert Stack Auctions America California

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, Owned by Robert Stack - Offered Without Reserve

“We are thrilled that Jay Leno will be joining us in Burbank for our debut California sale,” says Auctions America’s Ian Kelleher. “Jay is the perfect person to provide commentary at our first auction in Southern California – while he’s famous for hosting The Tonight Show, his credentials as a collector, curator and driver are impeccable, and we are excited to hear his take on the superb roster of vehicles slated for our Burbank auction block.”

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra: CSX 2561, Auctions America California

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra: CSX 2561, fully documented ex-factory demonstrator, one of less than 20 factory automatic transmission examples

Joining Leno onstage and hosting the auction coverage will be veteran NBC Sports Network broadcasters Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. Patrick hosted motorsports and automotive coverage on Race Week and has covered every major sporting event during his 25-year broadcasting career, including all four major championships in professional golf, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, America's Cup and the 2008 Olympics. Matchett is an automotive and motorsports analyst with a focus on Formula One for NBC and the NBC Sports Network and formerly worked as a mechanic for the Benetton F1 team.

1929 Ford Ala Kart II Auctions America California

 1929 Ford Ala Kart II - Offiered Without Reserve

An auction so close to Hollywood would not be complete without cars with celebrity provenance, and Auctions America’s California sale does not disappoint. Among a long list of highlights set to cross the block are a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, given to Robert Stack by Desi Arnaz after winning an Emmy for “The Untouchables”; the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow driven by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and the 1951 Mercury Convertible driven by David Lee Roth in his “California Girls” music video. The sale will also lift the gavel on two “General Lee” Dodge Chargers; a 1933 Ford Custom Victoria built by Boyd Coddington for Nicholas Cage; a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson; the Chip Foose built “Lil’ Foose Coupe” 1932 Ford featured in “Gone in 60 Seconds”; and a 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen, along with several other celebrity cars.

1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible Auctions America California

1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible: The Sportsman was the recipient of a recent restoration by marque specialists and has been mechanically sorted and road tested prior to the auction. The wood finish on this highly correct Sportsman remains excellent and complements the tasteful color combination.

Held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, August 1-3, Auctions America’s multi-day California sale will lift the gavel on more than 400 quality collector cars, including a diverse assortment of American and European classics and sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs to cater to a broad range of automotive tastes. Full event details, including further information on the exclusive NBC Sports Network coverage and the digital auction catalog are available online at auctionsamerica.com or by calling toll free 888-990-3910 (or +1 310-842-3910 outside North America).

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible Auctions America California

1958 Dual-Ghia Convertible - Offered Without Reserve

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 auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

About NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 80 million homes, the Emmy-award winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, the 34th America’s Cup, Premier League and Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as “Costas Tonight,” “The Crossover,” “NFL Turning Point,” “Pro Football Talk” and “The Dan Patrick Show.” NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Sale dates:
          August 1, 2013 auction commences at 1 p.m. PDT
          August 2, 2013 auction commences at 11 a.m. PDT
          August 3, 2013 auction commences at 9 a.m. PDT
Preview dates:
          August 1, 2013 doors open at 9 a.m. PDT
          August 2, 2013 doors open at 8 a.m. PDT
          August 3, 2013 doors open at 8 a.m. PDT
          Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel,
          2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, 91505
          Day Pass - $20; Weekend Pass - $50
          Children 12 years of age and under will gain free admission

          Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two (2) people to all preview / auction days.

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