Duesenberg leads Auburn's spring sales

AUBURN, Ind. — Auctions America’s three-day spring sale the first weekend in June offered buyers and sellers a chance to check out more than 400 cars, from the must-sells and no-reserves to a big-ticket 1930 Duesenberg boattail Speedster.

Sales prices ranged from a few thousand dollars to the $484,000 plunked down for the wonderfully gaudy Duesenberg.

Other vehicles selling for substantial prices included a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with new top and dazzling paint. It brought $107,250. The Biarritz, one of 815 built for 1958 with its 335-horsepower V-8 and optional air conditioning, far surpassed a 1957 Eldorado Brougham – a descendant of a GM Motorama show car. The limited-production Brougham sold for $41,800.

Less flashy but very desirable, a creamy-yellow 1935 Cadillac convertible coupe with perfect trim attracted bidding up to $95,000 but did not sell at auction.

Open-wheel race cars sold but 1964 Dodge 30 JK Auto Max Wedge, one of four from the Dana Brothers Co. of Tucson, Ari., did not sell. The best bid was $47,000 for the speed demon with its 330-inch 425-horsepower V-8.

A 1941 Willys Gasser with 1,100-horsepower 526-inch engine engine suffered the same unsold fate, following a high bid of $43,000.

A perfect 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible with a rare Turbo-Thrust 315-horsepower 348-inch V-8 under its hood sold for $97,000. Offered at no reserve, a 1962 Thunderbird convertible with 390 Tri-Power sold for $29,150.

A light-green 1953 Hudson Hornet withTwin H-Power 308-inch 160-horsepower six and fashionable sunvisor attracted a surprising of visitor attention. It also attracted bidder attention and went for $41,800, showing up several mid-fifties GM and Ford cars which went unsold at auction.

The selling rate at the auction appeared to be around 60 percent of vehicles offered.

Auctions America’s next Auburn sale is in early September.