Late Model Collectibles Join Impressive List of Vehicles at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Sale

By Auto News Log • February 21st, 2015

· Auctions America prepares for its first auction of the 2015 season, March 27-29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

· Regarded as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, the multi-day sale is expected to feature approximately 500 vehicles

· Auction places spotlight on late model collectibles, highlighted by a pair of Ford GTs and a 2008 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake Prototype Convertible

· Frequently updated list of entries available online at auctionsamerica.com

AUBURN, Indiana – Auctions America is gearing up for its first auction of the season: its well-established Fort Lauderdale, Florida sale, returning March 27 – 29 to the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.

Regarded as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, the Fort Lauderdale event has been witness to the sale of some of the hobby’s most exciting and significant automobiles over the years, a tradition the company looks forward to building on in March when approximately 500 quality motor cars cross the block. From great American classics to late model collectibles, the sale caters for all automotive tastes and budgets.

“Our Fort Lauderdale sale keeps getting better and better each year,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “Following a fantastic 2014, we’re excited to return in March to kick off the new auction season. For collectors and enthusiasts alike, Fort Lauderdale presents a wonderful showcase of automotive history and design. Add in the fantastic Florida weather and Auctions America’s first-class customer service, and the scene is set for a not-to-be-missed event.”

For those with a penchant for modern automotive design, this year’s Fort Lauderdale sale boasts a wonderful bevy of late model collectibles. The group is highlighted by a striking pair of Ford GT’s led by a rare 2005 Ford GT, chassis #002 (pictured top). Originally owned by a member of Ford’s Board of Directors, this Ford GT was ordered on May 18, 2004 with a handwritten notation in the offering letter that read “car #2.” It is believed that chassis #001 is retained directly by Ford, making #002 the lowest numbered example of a Ford GT that will likely ever be offered to the public (Est. $450,000 – $550,000). It will be joined in Fort Lauderdale by what is believed to be the lowest mileage Heritage GT in existence, an all original, one-of-a-kind 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition with only 2.7 miles recorded. It is accompanied by all factory documents and accessories that came with the car from new (Est. $450,000 – $500,000).

The Fort Lauderdale sale will also lift the gavel on an exceptional 2008 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake Prototype Convertible. Powered by a 5.4-liter, 605-hp supercharged V-8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this car is presented in its original Grabber Orange and was built as a prototype and show piece for Shelby American, Inc. in partnership with the Ford Motor Company. One of only three prototypes produced, it is the only one presented in convertible form, and boasts numerous special features and modern conveniences including front and rear spoilers, model-specific badging, air conditioning, stereo system, power windows, top, mirrors, steering and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS (Est. $225,000 – $275,000).

Beyond these select, individual entries, the Fort Lauderdale sale will proudly reaffirm Auctions America’s position as a market leader in the presentation of private collections.

Among private collections to be offered as feature attractions at the Fort Lauderdale event, is the Chrysler Shelby Collection. Comprising a group of 12 vehicles, this unique group pays homage to the ‘Performance Revolution’ at Chrysler – a period when the great Carroll Shelby joined Chrysler as the Dodge “performance consultant,” helping pioneer a new class of affordable, sporty, high performance American cars and trucks. All offered without reserve, the collection includes everything from a 1983 Shelby Charger Hatchback (Est. $12,000 – $16,000) through to a factory, NHRA National record holder and winning 1984 Dodge Charger Drag Car (Est. $20,000 – $30,000); and a like new 1989 Shelby Dakota Pickup with less than 30 miles (Est. $20,000 – $30,000)

An additional private collection slated for the podium is reflective of the sale’s diversity. Spanning more than 81 years of automotive history, it is highlighted by a terrific series of American classics, including a beautiful 1931 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood (Est. $175,000 – $225,000), an impressive, multi-award winning 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836 Club Sedan (Est. $100,000 – $120,000), and an outstanding, low-mileage 1924 Lincoln Phaeton, formerly part of the esteemed Ken Pearson Collection (Est. $60,000 – $80,000). Also on offer from this group, a nicely restored 1950 Hudson Commodore 8 Convertible Brougham (Est. $70,000 – $90,000), and an iconic 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Est. $100,000 – $140,000).

A must-attend event on the national collector car calendar, Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is celebrating its 13th year in 2015. Reflecting the event’s impressive and consistent growth over the years, the event enjoyed its most successful performance to date in 2014, generating more than $21 million in sales and attracting record crowds.

Limited consignment opportunities are available for the 2015 sale. For further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please call toll free 877-906-2437 (or +1 954 566 2209 outside North America) or visit auctionsamerica.com.

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 180 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; and Burbank, California. In 2014, Auctions America entered a multi-year agreement with the Sports Emmy Award-Winning NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) to provide exclusive television coverage of select US-based collector car auctions, helping deliver the Auctions America experience to more than 80 million homes across the country. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

Photo Credit:

2005 Ford GT (credit Scott Kelley © 2015 Auctions America).

Contacts:

Amy Christie
achristie@rauctionsamerica.com
+1 519 437 3047

Sadie Chapple
schapple@auctionsamerica.com
+1 519 437 3053

Source: Auctions America

 

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