Prices topped a million dollars at the 13th annual version of Worldwide Auctioneer’s Auburn Auction. Twice in fact! Will it happen again with a very rare, Shelby-owned car? Let’s recap:
A 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster brought a winning bid of $975,000 in the auction room, and a 10% buyer’s premium took the final price to $1,072,500. The seven-figure sale put the car in a territory once reserved for its Auburn Automobile Co. sibling Duesenbergs.
When auctioneer Rod Egan proclaimed “sold,” his Worldwide Auctioneers partner John Kruse enthusiastically hugged the Speedster’s winning bidder, who declined to be interviewed. “I bought it, and that’s it,” the buyer said.
A hour later, the “Stainless Steel Trifecta” of Ford Motor Co. cars built over the years for Allegheny Ludlum steel company sold as a set for $950,000. The cars include a 1936 Ford Sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird and 1967 Lincoln Continental. The buyer’s 10% premium put the final transaction at $1,045,000.
Now this year we’ll see a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe cross the block – a car that should easily hit seven figures. What will the final price be? We’ll find out when it comes time to hit up Auburn in September!