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Largest Mecum Anaheim Car Auction To Date

News Release
Published with kind permission from Mecum Auctions


More than $15.2 Million at Third Annual Event at Anaheim Convention Center

WALWORTH, Wis. – Nov. 19, 2014 – Reaching $15,238,429 in total sales, the 2014 Mecum Auction in Anaheim, Calif., claimed the title of top-grossing Mecum auction in that locale since the event’s inception in 2012. With 758 cars offered throughout the three-day event, Nov. 13-15, the top sale price was achieved by a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Short Nose (Lot S166.1) that hammered at a strong $2.15 million.

With known ownership history since new, this Short Nose was restored in 1999 to as-original specifications with a 3.3-liter engine and a five-speed gearbox. With a stunning Rosso Corso exterior and two-tone tan leather interior, the Ferrari’s excellent presentation earned it a Silver award in Class 3 when it was shown at the Ferrari Club of America National Concours.

The remainder of the top 10 sales list reflected the variety of makes that was represented at the auction with Porsche, Plymouth, Buick, Cadillac and more making the cut including all three Ford GTs that crossed the auction block falling in line as second, third and fourth in top sales. In all, eighteen cars broke six-figures with examples from nearly every category of automotive collectability.

Other event highlights included Matt Farah of the popular TV show “Drive” on NBCSN joining Mecum’s live announce team on Saturday for a special guest appearance. Team members from The Anaheim Ducks also came by on Thursday of the auction to take in the action. Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf spent time on the microphone announcing upcoming lots and also presented Dana and Frank Mecum with official team jerseys with “Dealmakers” embroidered on the backs as a way of welcoming Mecum back to the SoCal city of Anaheim.

The complete top 10 sales at Mecum’s Anaheim auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):

  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Short Nose (Lot S166.1) at $2,150,000
  • 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot S155.1) at $375,000
  • 2005 Ford GT (Lot S101.1) at $340,000
  • 2005 Ford GT (Lot S106.1) at $250,000
  • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot S137) at $210,000
  • 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster (Lot S117.1) at $175,000
  • 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S117) at $132,500
  • 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S96) at $127,500
  • 1963 Volkswagen 23 Window Microbus (Lot S180.1) at $125,000
  • 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Convertible (Lot S126) at $122,500

    Anaheim 2014 Mecum Auction

    Auction Sales Results:


    Excel: Mecum Car Auctions – Anaheim California Results 2014

    PDF:  Mecum Auctions Anaheim 2014



Mecum’s next auction will be in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 4-6 with an anticipated 750 classic and collector cars to be offered at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The following weekend will bring Mecum’s newest event in Austin, Texas, set for Dec. 12-13 at the Austin Convention Center featuring an estimated 600-car lineup. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, signup for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com.

About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

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450 Collector Cars to be offered by Auctions America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

News Release Courtesy of Auctions America, (2014).
Reproduced with  kind permission of Auctions America.
Car Photographs –   All rights reserved. (2014) Auctions America

Auctions America’s annual Fort Lauderdale sale kicks off the 2015 auction season, March 27-29 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Now in its 13th year, the event is well-established as South Florida’s premier collector car auction and has been witness to the sale of some of the world’s most important and exciting collector cars over the years.

$21 Million Dollars in Record Sales in 2014 for South Florida.  Come See What’s Next!

In 2014, the auction posted its most successful performance to date, generating more than $21 million in sales as well as attracting record attendance.  The 2015 event is set to build on Auctions America’s strong track record in South Florida, with more than 450 quality collector cars expected to cross the block.

The offering will span the spectrum of the market from American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, catering for a broad range of automotive tastes and budgets.


Last Year’s Top 5 Cars:

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Sold for $825,000

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Sold for $605,000

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition
Sold for $412,500

1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Sold for $390,500

1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird
Sold for $319,000


For further information and to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll free 954-566-2209.


Presented by:  Auctions America
Sale dates:      March 27-29, 2015

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Contact information:
t: 954-566-2209   f: 954-566-2212


Cars listed so far for 2015 show
Photos courtesy of Auctions America –  Copyright 2014.


FL15_r0008_011956 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans Roadster
Estimate: $ 65,000 – $ 75,000
FL15_r0009_012003 Bentley Azure Mulliner Drophead Coupe
Estimate: $ 75,000 – $ 85,000
FL15_r0093_011940 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
Estimate: $ 65,000 – $ 80,000
FL15_r0013_011957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Estimate: $140,000 – $180,000
FL15_r0014_011960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible Estimate: $100,000 – $120,000
FL15_r0012_011967 Cadillac Eldorado
Estimate: $ 40,000 – $ 50,000
FL15_r0025_011967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster
Offered Without Reserve
FL15_r0036_011968 Chevrolet Corvette L71 427/435 Roadster
Estimate: $ 90,000 – $110,000
FL15_r0021_011969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Sport Coupe
Offered Without Reserve
FL15_r0061_011990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
Estimate: $ 25,000 – $ 35,000
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Estimate: $ 70,000 – $ 85,000
FL15_r0024_011961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
Offered Without Reserve
 1959 Dodge Royal Lancer Convertible
1959 Dodge Royal Lancer Convertible
Estimate: $ 90,000 – $120,000
1982 Excalibur Series IV Phaeton1982 Excalibur Series IV Phaeton
Estimate: $ 30,000 – $ 35,000
Offered Without Reserve
1979 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 1979 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
Estimate: $ 60,000 – $ 80,000
 1979 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
 1990 Ferrari Testarossa
Estimate: $ 80,000 – $100,000
1972 Fiat
1972 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Roadster
Estimate: $ 8,000 – $ 12,000
1930 Ford Model A Closed Cab Pickup
1930 Ford Model A Closed Cab Pickup
Estimate: $ 24,000 – $ 28,000
1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria Estimate:
$ 25,000 – $ 30,000
 1956 Ford Thunderbird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
Estimate: $ 30,000 – $ 35,000

Finding Cars to Restore off the Radar

Finding car gems can be a treasure hunt.  Usually the best ones are hidden from sight.  Either they are garage queens, hiding in barns, fields, or here’s a new idea – Goodwill!

Believe it or not, you might find your next collector car at a Goodwill Car Auction.  Here is an RSS Feed of their latest offerings.  We will republish often.

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Mecum sold $3.5 million – 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

heming cudaWatch the excitement as the ultimate rare Plymouth Cuda sells for an astounding $3.5 million dollars at Mecum Auction in Seattle in 2014.

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 4 speed Convertible crossed the #Mecum Auction block at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, WA in front of a packed house.  It is only 1 of 11 built, and only 2 were ever sold in the U.S.A.  This is the only known to exist with documented numbers matching 4 speed, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda’s

After 8 minutes of dramatic bidding, this outstanding numbers matching 4-speed example achieved an astounding $3,500,000 selling price, solidifying itself as the world’s most expensive #Mopar and the highest price ever paid for a ’71 #Hemi #Cuda Convertible at public auction.



  • Engine
    426/425 HP
  • Trans
  • Color
  • Interior



The story of the Cuda

In 2002 a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible generated national headlines when it became the first muscle car to sell for over one million dollars. Yet even before reaching that historical milestone Plymouth’s Hemi-powered Cuda was long considered by enthusiasts and authorities alike to be the ultimate creation of the muscle car era. A well-documented and fully restored example of this most coveted of factory muscle cars, this 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S., has been hailed by enthusiasts, collectors, journalists, researchers and appraisers as the Holy Grail of muscle cars.

The Cuda’s rise to legendary status began in 1968 when Chrysler turned out big block versions in limited numbers but without such amenities as power steering and air conditioning. Chrysler then took the next logical step in producing low-volume mutant pony cars, contracting George Hurst’s Hurst Industries to build special Hemi-powered Darts and Barracudas for NHRA Super Stock racing.

Chrysler finally brought both the design and manufacture of its big-engine pony cars in-house for the 1970 production year, with clean-sheet designs based on a scaled-down adaptation of the larger B-body and designed from the outset to accommodate the Hemi’s generous proportions. Trimming the overall length and following the established long hood-short deck design theme resulted in an all-new Barracuda and its Dodge Challenger counterpart, both available direct from the factory with the 426/425 HP Hemi, arguably the most sophisticated and potent powerplant ever offered in a production car.

The all-new Cuda was the work of 27-year old designer John Herlitz. The design was initially panned by Chrysler design chief Elwood Engel, who expressed his displeasure during a weekend visit to the studio by leaving a hatchet embedded in the clay model’s side that Herlitz discovered the following Monday morning. Undaunted, Herlitz carried on and eventually watched an exuberant Engel drive an early prototype Hemi Cuda off the third floor elevator in Building 128, roll out into the hallway and lay down two perfect Black stripes on his way to the design auditorium.

The new-generation Barracuda and its high performance Cuda variant scored a hit with buyers. Sales all but doubled from 1969’s total of 27,392 vehicles to 50,617, including 652 Hemi Cuda coupes and 14 Hemi convertibles. But with increasing government regulations and ballooning insurance rates, buyers shied away in 1971. Total sales tanked to just 16,159 units, with Hemi production falling to 108 coupes and 11 convertibles.

Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes. Previously owned by Russ Meyer, a famous cartoonist from the Southwest, who later sold it to a buyer in Oregon for $250,000, it was eventually seized by authorities there in a drug investigation and sold at auction for $405,000, both prices were unprecedented at the time.

The buyer subsequently commissioned a restoration by highly regarded Mopar restorer Julius Steuer of Los Angeles, California, who completed the work in approximately 2000. A few years later it was then traded for a number of vintage Corvettes from the current owner’s prestigious collection.

For any diehard Mopar enthusiast, the process of decoding the Cuda’s fender tag can best be compared to sitting at a slot machine as it spins out a jackpot; everything is there to add up to the grand prize of Hemi Cuda convertibles. In addition to being exceptionally rare, the car is a visual feast, its code B5 Bright Blue combining with a Black power top and matching Blue high-back bucket seat interior.

Nominally adorned with rear deck lid bright trim and wide sill strips, the car’s exterior decor is kept to a minimum, its painted steel wheels, dog dish hub caps and White-letter tires establishing the look of a serious road-burner further bolstered by the rare Shaker hood, hold-down pins and chromed dual exhaust tips. Driver appointments in the bright Blue interior include the Rallye Instrument Cluster with 8,000 RPM tachometer, 150 MPH speedometer, oil, temperature and alternator gauges and clock, 3-speed wiper switch and Hurst Pistol Grip shifter. Perhaps most importantly, in addition to retaining most of its original sheet metal, it is the only remaining example with its original factory-installed drivetrain.

Of all the wild machines created by Chrysler in the golden age of Detroit muscle, the 1971 Hemi Cuda 4-speed convertible is surely the most fabled. As one of only two 4-speed examples and the only one still powered by its factory-original engine and drivetrain, this 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible could be considered by any measure as the crown jewel of muscle cars.


– Fully restored example of what is arguably the most sought after factory muscle car in the world
– 1 of 2 four-speed examples delivered in the US
– Retains mostly all of its original sheet metal
– Retains its original drivetrain
– Documented with the broadcast sheet
– Original Hemi 426/425 HP V-8
– Original 4-speed transmission
– Two 4-barrel carburetors
– Hurst Pistol Grip shifter
– Power brakes
– Blue with Blue interior and Black top
– Bucket seats
– Goodyear polyglas tires
– 1 of 11 Hemi Cuda Convertibles produced in 1971


Mecum Auctions (2014). Retrieved 11/17/2014 from https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail.cfm?lot_id=WA0614-185434.  Published with permission.

Upcoming Mecum Car Auctions

Mecum Upcoming Car Auctions
Resource: Published with kind permission from Mecum Car Auctions

Dec 4-6
Kansas City // 750 Vehicles
750 Vehicles
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Open To: All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


Dec 12-13

Austin // 600 Vehicles
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
Open To:All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List

Dec 13

The Toy Auction // Over 400 Lots
2815 W Locust Street
Davenport, IA

Auction Details | Consignment List


Jan 8-10

Las Vegas // 750 Motorcycles
Mecum Presents: MidAmerica 24th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction
9777 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Open To:All Collector and Antique Motorcycles Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


Jan 16-25

Kissimmee // 3000 Vehicles
10 Days of Auction Action and 3,000 Vehicles #WhereTheCarsAre
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Open To:All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


Mar 20-21

EJ Cole Collection // 200 Motorcycles
9777 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89183

Auction Details | Consignment List


Mar 27-28

The Walker Sign Collection // 400 Signs
West Memphis, AR

Auction Details | Consignment List


Apr 9-11

Houston // 1000 Vehicles
1,000 Vehicles
NRG Center One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
Open To:All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


Apr 10-11

Davenport // 350 Tractors
5th Annual Spring Auction 300 Tractors Plus Over 400 Signs and Farm Relics
Mississippi Valley Fair Center 2815 W Locust Street
Davenport, IA 52804
Open To:All Vintage and Collector Tractors Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


Apr 12

Houston // 200 Motorcycles
NRG Center One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054

Auction Details | Consignment List

Apr 23-25

Kansas City // 700 Vehicles
700 Vehicles
Kansas City Convention Center – Bartle Hall 301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Open To:All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List


May 12-17

Indy // 2000 Vehicles
Offering Over 2,000 Vehicles
Indiana State Fairgrounds 1202 E 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Open To:All Collector Cars Welcome

Auction Details | Consignment List



Mecum Car Auctions. (2014). Retrieved November 17, 2014 from: https://www.mecum.com/auctions.cfm
Used by permission.

Mecum Auctions Videos: The Tim Wellborn Collection Coming to Kissimmee!

As a collection that has indisputably achieved world-class status among the expansive community of muscle car enthusiasts from around the globe, The Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection will now be offered for sale at Mecum Auctions’ 2015 Kissimmee auction.

Nearly half of this unparalleled collection will cross the block as the headliner of approximately 3,000 classic and collector cars at the world’s largest collector car auction this January 16-25 in Kissimmee, Fla.


List of Cars to be Auctioned in Kissimmee

Excel Format:  Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2015 -Sorted

PDF Format: Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2015




Mecum Auctions (2014)  Kissimmee car auction 2015.  Retrieved November 19, 2014 from https://www.mecum.com/text-list.cfm?auctionid=FL0115

Wellborn Muscle Car Collection. Mecum Car Auctions. www.youtube.com (2014) http://youtu.be/B_gkc2f9Zhc

Auctions America Presents ‘BidAnywhere’: An All-New, Exclusively Online Collector Car Auction

online car auctions

News Release

Resource:  Auctions America 

Auctions America launches all-new, exclusively online collector car auction
‘BidAnywhere’ provides a convenient, trustworthy online bidding solution; expert condition reports accompany each lot to provide a level of confidence unmatched in the industry
Scheduled November 21 at auctionsamerica.com, Auctions America’s first BidAnywhere sale to feature approximately 75 quality vehicles
Early highlights include an as-new 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, an extremely low mileage 1987 Buick GNX, and an award-winning 1937 Cadillac V-16 Custom Imperial used by MGM Studios in period
Further information and frequently updated list of entries available online at auctionsamerica.com


AUBURN, Indiana (September 23, 2014) – Fresh on the heels of its successful Auburn Fall weekendAuctions America is thrilled to announce an exciting new online collector car auction: BidAnywhere. Scheduled November 21 at auctionsamerica.com, this all-new, exclusively online auction will provide collectors with a simple and convenient bidding solution, enabling them to participate from anywhere in the world. To ensure accurate representation of all lots, and provide bidders with a level of confidence unmatched in the industry, detailed condition reports, completed by Auctions America’s expert team of specialists, will accompany each vehicle and will be available for viewing in advance.


Featuring some 75 vehicles, the ‘BidAnywhere’ sale rounds out what has been a record year for the Auctions America team. Among early highlights secured for the online auction is a low mileage, like-new 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, accompanied by factory manuals and tools, along with a well-documented 1987 Buick GNX. One of the rarest, fastest and most sought after production cars of its era, the GNX is also presented in as-new condition, showing less than 100 original miles, and is accompanied by numerous special accessories including a GNX jacket, book and model. Additional early entries include: an award-winning 1937 Cadillac V-16 Custom Imperial, one of only two built and reportedly used as the MGM Studios car in period for many of the stars of the time, including Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh during the filming of Gone with the Wind; a fully restored, AACA Grand National winning 1955 Chevrolet Model 3112 Carryall Woodie; and a barnfind 1956 AC Bristol.


“Auctions America has always provided a great range of remote bidding options to participate in our sales, including Internet bidding,” says Donnie Gould, president of the company. “However, BidAnywhere takes it one step further, providing collectors with a more robust and interactive way to bid online on all the cars they love, anywhere they are.”


Gould adds, “as a company, Auctions America is committed to delivering first-class service and looking for new ways to raise the bar. As we worked to overcome concerns associated with online sales and buying sight unseen, the availability of professional condition reports for each lot has received great early feedback. These reports are completed by our own expert team of specialists, who have over 180 combined years’ experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles – meaning bidders can participate confidently, knowing the vehicles have been reviewed by qualified experts.”


BidAnywhere: How It Works


Auctions America’s car specialists will perform a condition report for each car in the sale, often based on an in-person inspection. These reports will be published online, accompanying the description and detailed photography of each vehicle to provide collectors with a first-hand opinion from a trusted source. Auctions America specialists will be available prior to the sale to answer any additional questions.


On sale day, an auctioneer will be calling bids live online; the auction will be Live Virtual, meaning it will only take place on the Internet. Buyers can place bids in real-time through a platform created specially for Auctions America by Proxibid, the most trusted online Marketplace for buying and selling highly valued items like the vehicles in this auction. Proxibid’s online bidding platform is backed by the most robust fraud prevention system in the industry, designed to ensure both buyers and sellers are safe when transacting online. Prior to the sale, buyers can place absentee bids on vehicles of interest.


For successful bidders, the process remains simple and convenient through to delivery. They simply pay by wire transfer, and the Auctions America team securely shares their information with transportation partner Reliable Carriers, who will arrange vehicle pick up from the consignor’s garage while maintaining client confidentiality.

 Auctions America – BidAnywhere

Auction Dates & Times

Friday, November 21, 2014
1:00 PM

Sale Produced By:

Auctions America by RM
5536 County Road 11A
Auburn, IN 46706

t: 260-927-9797   f: 260-572-2291


Auction License#: AB1943 / Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine AU942


For further information on Auctions America’s upcoming BidAnywhere sale, to view a frequently updated list of entries, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll free 877.906.2437 (or +1 269 927 9797 outside North America).



Auctions America (November 17, 2014). Auctions America presents ‘BidAnywhere’: an all-new, exclusively online collector car auction.  Retrieved November 17, 2014 from http://www.auctionsamerica.com/media/release.cfm?ID=1107.  Reproduced with permission from Auctions America.

Texas-Sized Sam Pack Five Star collection achieves impressive 11.5 million at auction

News Release:
November 17, 2013
Source: http://www.auctionsamerica.com/media/release.cfm?ID=1115.  Reproduced with permission.

DALLAS, Texas (November 16, 2014) – RM Auctions together with Auctions America reaffirmed its position as the industry leader in private automotive collection sales on the weekend, generating an impressive $11,543,400 in sales with 100 percent of lots sold at its Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale in Dallas, Texas.

The result of more than a decade of dedicated acquisition by respected businessman, Sam Pack, the collection presented a broad range of ownership opportunities for enthusiasts. From a terrific series of fifties and sixties icons, through to a remarkable collection of Detroit muscle, and a superb series of concepts, customs and modern collectibles, the offering was marked by incredible diversity and quality. In total, Saturday’s sale lifted the gavel on 131 vehicles before a packed house. The offering represented just a portion of Mr. Pack’s immense collection, offered in an effort to downsize the group to a more manageable level and allowing him to remain active in the hobby. Impressively, bidders represented eight countries from around the world and 36 states across the U.S.

“We were incredibly honored to have been entrusted by Mr. Pack to handle this sale, and thrilled to continue our strong track record in Texas” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions’ and Auctions America’s West Coast Division. “The results reflect not only a great group of motor cars, but an appreciation for the passion of a true gentleman and collector. Mr. Pack’s unwavering commitment to quality was industry known and wonderfully represented by the offering this weekend. As an owner, he instilled confidence in many of the first time bidders and veteran collectors in attendance, who were more than happy to take home a car of excellent presentation and condition. All in all, it was a fantastic sale with plenty of spirited bidding and numerous lots exceeding expectations.”

Headlining Saturday’s sale and the subject of one of many lively bidding contests, was an iconic 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra. A part of the collection since 2008, the iconic American sports car achieved seven figures, selling for a strong $1,292,500. Another hotly contested lot was the “as-new” 2006 Ford GT, one of 60 Fords that crossed the podium. Featuring delivery mileage only with less than 13 miles on its clock, the GT garnered a fantastic $418,000 – a strong result that reflects the continued popularity and rising values of these late-model collectibles. Additional Fords exceeding pre-sale estimates included a supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F-Code”, which passed onto its fourth owner for $247,500, and a one-off 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Parnelli Jones Edition, showing just 38.5 miles, which commanded $88,000.

Illustrating the collection’s incredible diversity, a superb series of customs also drew big bids. Tremendous pre-sale interest in the 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Custom, a stunning creation with 600bhp, translated into an outstanding $253,000 (above estimate), while a 1937 Ford Roadster Oze Custom, described as a street rod for the 21st century, achieved $99,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 – $80,000.

Other notable sales included:

• a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS NASCAR, campaigned by Jeff Gordon in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, fuelled one of the most intense battles of the day. Roaring onto the auction stage to applause from the audience, it shattered its pre-sale estimate at a healthy $165,000.

• Highlighting the collection’s unique group of concepts was a 2005 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept, unveiled at the 2005 New York Auto Show, which tripled its pre-sale estimate at $173,250. A bold, one-of-a-kind 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept, shown at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, also surpassed pre-sale expectations at $129,500.

Full proceeds from the sale of the collection’s 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 ($126,500), along with part proceeds from event admission, will be donated to Holy Angels, a residential and training campus for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“When I made the decision to pare down my collection, a lot of people asked me who I was going to use. Without hesitation, I said RM Auctions / Auctions America. In my opinion, they are the best in the business,” said Sam Pack. “I chose them based on years of respect and trust, and a relationship built on interacting with them as both a buyer and a seller. From their organization and process to their follow through and execution, the level of service they provide is unmatched. They are incredibly client-focused, and the fact that this weekend’s sale represented their 30th private collection in 35 years of business, speaks volumes.”

Sam Pack Collection Top 10 sales:

Lot 188 – 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra $1,292,500

Lot 158 – 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra $880,000

Lot 156 – 2006 Ford GT $418,000

Lot 187 -1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster $341,000

Lot 153 -1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible $280,500

Lot 172 -1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Custom $253,000

Lot 200 -1957 Ford Thunderbird ‘F-Code’ $247,500

Lot 201 -1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Alloy Continuation $225,500

Lot 205 -1932 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster $209,000

Lot 183 -2005 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept $173,250

The Sam Pack Five Star Collection rounded out a record year for RM Auctions. Auctions America will conclude its 2014 calendar of events this week, November 21, with its debut BidAnywhere collector car sale held exclusively online at www.auctionsamerica.com.

For full results from the Sam Pack Five Star Collection or to view upcoming RM Auctions’ events, please visit www.rmauctions.com. Upcoming Auctions America events can be found online at auctionsamerica.com.

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*Results are listed is USD and include 10 percent buyer’s premium

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Celebrating 35 years in the collector car hobby in 2014, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction, and their restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events. For further information and to view the company’s 2015 roster of events, please visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

About Auctions America

Founded 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 car specialists, who offer more than 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 addition, the company is an auction house of choice for the sale of private and estate collections. In 2014, Auctions America entered a multi-year agreement with the Sports Emmy Award-Winning NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) to provide exclusive live television coverage of its 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.