Strong Attendance and Solid Results at Auctions America by RM’s Debut Fall Carlisle Sale

By Auto News Log • October 6th, 2011

AUBURN, Ind. – Auctions America by RM enjoyed a successful return to Carlisle, Pennsylvania on the weekend, posting $2.79 million* in sales with 58% of all lots sold at its debut Fall Carlisle sale, September 29 – October 1.

Held as part of Carlisle Events’ renowned Fall Carlisle Collector Car Weekend, the multi-day auction presented a diverse roster of 273 collector cars, joined by a select range of memorabilia before a packed house. Claiming top honors was a dramatically styled, show-quality1959 DeSoto Firedome Convertible (pictured) which realized a final sales price of $99,000, closely followed by the sale of an exceptional, low-mileage 2001 BMW Z8 Roadster for $90,200. In addition, the auction included the sale of a 2006 Ford Escape, donated by Giant Food Stores, which sold for $11,500 with full proceeds benefiting the local Carlisle branch of the Salvation Army.

The weekend’s sale wrapped up a successful 2011 partnership for Auctions America by RM and Carlisle Events, who joined forces earlier this year to host co-branded events in Auburn, IN and Carlisle, PA.

“Despite the weather, Fall Carlisle was another great weekend and celebration of the collector car hobby. We’re very pleased with the results and interest levels in our 2011 Carlisle auctions – they’ve provided a great foundation for us to further build upon in 2012,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM.

Gould adds, “In addition, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the Carlisle Events team this year. From the outset, it’s been a great partnership and we look forward continuing our relationship in 2012 as we work to further grow the Auburn and Carlisle events and provide automotive enthusiasts with an unmatched collector car event experience and level of service.”

“I’m very pleased with our initial partnership with Auctions America by RM,” noted Carlisle Events Partner Bill Miller III. “We saw great results with both our Spring and Fall auctions and working with them exceeded our expectations. Their professionalism and experience were on display every day and is evident by the fact that even after the final gavel closed the auction on Saturday, cars are still being sold. It’s a true testament to their years of experience and quality of their clientele.” Miller continued by saying that “I’m looking forward to our second year with Auctions America by RM and their return to Carlisle in April of 2012.”

Fall Carlisle Auction top five sales:

1. 1969 DeSoto Firedome Convertible – $99,000
2. 2001 BMW Z8 Roadster – $90,200
3. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – $63,800
4. 1998 Bentley Brooklands – $46,750
5. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air – $46,200

Beyond the auction, the weekend also featured filming for the highly-rated television series What’s My Car Worth, with three cars successfully rolled across the auction block and finding new buyers as part of the show. The episodes filmed during Fall Carlisle are slated to air on the newly rebranded ‘Velocity’ Channel (formerly Discovery HD Theater) in November.

Next up, Auctions America by RM will host its first dedicated motorcycle auction in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend (October 8th) in conjunction with the famed Barber Vintage Festival. The afternoon sale will present some 125 classic motorcycles, catering for a diverse range of tastes and budgets. In November, Auctions America by RM will wrap up its first full auction season with the presentation of the Lee Roy Hartung Collection, in Glenview, Illinois. Regarded as one of the world’s most eclectic automotive and memorabilia collections, the Hartung sale, scheduled November 3 – 5, will present over 2,000 lots at ‘no reserve’.

For full results from the Fall Carlisle sale, along with details on the upcoming Barber and Lee Roy Hartung Collection sales, please or call toll free 877-906-2437.

* All sales figures are listed in U.S. dollars and include the buyer’s premium.
** Photo caption – 1959 DeSoto Firedome Convertible (credit – courtesy Auctions America by RM)

About Auctions America by RM

Auctions America by RM was formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of the world’s largest collector car auction house, RM Auctions. Headquartered in Auburn, Indiana at its 235-acre Auburn Auction Park, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. Information about Auctions America is available to consumers via the Internet at or find us on Facebook at

About Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events, host of 10 annual collector car, truck and motorcycle events, attracts more than half a million people to its 150-acre facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania each year. Included in the annual events schedule are two automotive swap meets and auctions –Spring and Fall – and individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, sport compacts and imports. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, the “Cars at Carlisle” events attract automotive enthusiasts from around the world. Information about Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions is available to consumers via the Internet at and


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Source: Auctions America


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