Auctions America Ft. Lauderdale, March 31-2nd, 2017

Auctions America was established in July 2010, following the purchase of the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, by RM Auctions (now RM Sotheby’s). Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and automobilia at auction. Each year, the company hosts an established calendar of events in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations, including Auburn, Indiana, the Classic Car Capital of America; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Kicking off the year on a strong note in Fort Lauderdale – a mainstay on Auctions America’s calendar – the crowning achievement of Auctions America’s 2016 season was the sale of the most valuable automobile in the company’s history: a 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $1,952,500 at the Santa Monica sale in June. Led by cars such as the sale-topping F50, along with a thrilling selection of vehicles from the Riverside International Automotive Museum, the Santa Monica sale saw the company continue to put its stamp on the highly competitive Southern California auction scene; significantly, almost 50 percent of bidders represented new clients. Now let’s take a look at what 2017 had to offer in Ft. Lauderdale, below are some of the unique and one of a kind collector cars which were auctioned followed by a brief description!


1933 Ford Five-Window Coupe Custom

sold for $128,700.00

The car is described as being “a piece of art as a car to drive.” Along with the stunning good looks it features the 1950 Cadillac V-8 engine with tri-power carburetion, dual exhaust and Offenhauser valve covers on display in a meticulous detailed manner: a 700r4 GM automatic transmission and an Oldsmobile rear axle complete the running gear. The interior is also tastefully and painstakingly presented in and appropriate brightwork details that add all the more. A Continental-style rear spare, bullet-shaped headlights and taillights, chromed wire wheels, whitewall tires, Lakes-style pipes and great color make this a real head turner that comes with 60 years of documentation. Newspaper articles and many car magazines from over the years are part of all of the documentation that will be included with the sale of Mr. Hine’s “25 Varieties” 1933 Ford. The hot rod culture in the 1950s grew. Hot rods, custom cars and street rods became very popular as young men with spare money and knowledge of mechanics turned cars into individualized stylish rides. By the mid-1950s hot rod and customized car competitions were extremely popular and the culture reached new heights. Appreciation of the original machines from this era has now reached its own new heights and Mr. Hine’s multi-show winning masterpiece is the perfect means to experience the history for yourself.

1978 Porsche Kremer 930 Coupe

Sold for $ 82,500

  • 3.5-liter twin plug flat six-cylinder engine featuring a dual distributor and EFI
  • Manual transmission
  • Taken to Kremer for the DP Motorsports K2 body and engine modifications around 1980
  • Restored example of an original Kremer built 930
  • Porsche COA
  • Turboknetics ball bearing turbo with TiAL wastegate
  • Brembo brakes
  • Bilstein RSR shocks
  • Pirelli P-Zero tires

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe Custom

Sold for $ 51,700

  • 408-cid, 500-hp stroked LQ9 V-8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • SEMA build – complete rotisserie restoration
  • High-end sound system with integrated iPad
  • Custom Xenon headlights with custom halos
  • LS7 fuel injectors with Aeromotive rails
  • Ford 9-inch rear end with coilover suspension
  • Power steering and brakes
  • Cowl hood
  • Custom gauges
  • USW forged wheels
  • Corvette Z06 brakes

1970 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder

Sold for $132,000

  • 351-cid V-8 engine
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • Power brakes
  • Radio
  • Very nice restoration
  • Rebuilt engine
  • New interior and suspension components
  • New paint
  • Benefits from some unspecified modern performance upgrades

1931 Stutz Series MA “SV16” Cabriolet Coupe

Sold for $115,500

  • 322-cid inline eight-cylinder engine
  • Three-speed manual transmission
  • Dove Gray with a black convertible top
  • Whitewall tires mounted on red wire wheels
  • Sidemounted spares with sideview mirrors
  • Golf bag door
  • Luggage rack with trunk
  • Gray leather interior
  • Full instrumentation and clock
  • Rumble seat
  • CCCA National 1st Prize Winner
  • Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic
  • Recent tune-up ensures this car is turn key

1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Pickup

Sold for $ 62,700


  • 4.2-liter, 135-hp inline six-cylinder engine
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • Frame-off, rotisserie restoration
  • Original Japanese axles – inspected and serviced
  • New clutch
  • Rebuilt drum brakes
  • Radio with cassette player
  • Old Man Emu shocks
  • New Goodyear tires
  • Land Cruiser Jerrycan


1941 Pontiac Torpedo Station Wagon

Estimate: $ 65,000 – $ 75,000


  • Inline six-cylinder engine
  • Manual transmission
  • Beautiful wood bodywork
  • Wide whitewall tires
  • Aftermarket turn signals
  • Vinyl roof
  • Radio

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Sold for $1,200,00

The 300SL Roadster offered here is from the final year of production, making it one of barely two dozen to leave the factory in 1963. The benefactor of a recent cosmetic restoration by noted, Pebble Beach award-winning shop Vantage Motorworks, this Roadster presents beautifully. Its correct Silver Grey metallic paint has been meticulously applied and, with its black German canvas convertible top lowered, its red leather interior exhibits not a single crease. With the top dropped, a hard red leather boot finishes its profile. European market headlights and polished wheel rims finish out its appearance. A period Becker AM/FM radio has been fitted to its correct leather-wrapped dashboard. Englebert vintage-style tires wrap its wheels. The 300SL Roadster’s chrome has been refinished throughout and a pair of driving lights flank the enormous three-pointed star integrated into its grille. An English language owner’s manual, full vintage tool kit, jack, and spare wheel and tire are included. Under the 300SL Roadster’s long hood, its numbers-matching straight six-cylinder engine with cast iron block has been detailed and presents well with limited signs of use. Its correct, and exceptionally rare, disc brakes remain fitted to provide stopping far better than earlier models’ drums. Benefitting from these late production upgrades, the 300SL Roadster offered here makes a rapidly appreciating investment that’s also ready to be driven and enjoyed.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Estimate: $240,000 – $280,000

  • 5.7-liter, 529-hp V-12
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Believed to be one of 12 in this color combination
  • Unmodified condition
  • 3M Clear Bra
  • Factory rear wing
  • Brembo brakes

The Diablo VT Roadster was unveiled in late 1995 with an electrically operated carbon fiber targa roof that tucked ahead of the engine cover when stowed away. A year after Audi took over Lamborghini, the German brand pumped cash into refining the Diablo’s interior and revamping its headlights—not to mention adding variable valve timing to its V-12 engine and fitting upsized Brembo brakes. The 1998 takeover by Volkswagen caused several changes to be made to the Diablo family. Revisions to the VT Roadster included fixed composite headlight lenses, a revised interior, 18-inch wheels, antilock brakes, and increased power to 529-hp. The 1999 Diablo VT Roadster presented here takes full advantage of those updates and is one of the last imported to the United States. It shows only 18,000 miles on the odometer and thanks to a full 3M Clear Bra, it is essentially a time capsule. Believed to be one of a mere dozen painted in Titanium Silver, the Diablo is especially eye-catching thanks to its factory spoiler and 18-inch chrome alloy wheels. Thanks to having been preserved in a private collection, the Diablo VT has not been modified in any way.

1990 Lamborghini LM002-A

Sold for $299,750

  • V-12 engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • One of 301 built, just 48 being for the United States
  • Rare late production American-spec example
  • Shows just 10,000 miles on the odometer
  • Fully serviced
  • Includes manuals, jack, and tool box

It’s hard to imagine Lamborghini as a builder of army-spec vehicles, but it was the pursuit of an American military contract that led to the raging bull’s first 4×4—the LM002. Previewed by LM001, LM004, and LMA development rigs, the LM002 finally arrived in 1985 and was built in limited numbers until 1993. The “Rambo Lambo” became an icon of 1980s excess, as suited to dune bashing in the rapidly-developing Middle East as it was to prowling the leafy streets of Greenwich, the LM002 was powered by a V-12 engine and featured a sophisticated fully independent suspension. The last handful of LM002s assembled were specified for the American market with chrome bumpers, a decked-out interior, and unique OZ/MSW alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain rubber, including this low-mile Rossa Red example. Showing just 10,000 miles, it hardly shows its 27 years. Inside, the tan leather hides and glossy wood panels upgraded for the American market appear untouched. It retains its correct Pirelli “sand-slinger” tires and will be delivered to its next owner with a full set of original manuals and the factory tool box. The LM002-A was configured as a pickup truck and this example features a cover for its bed. It has been treated to a factory-specified 10,000-mile service and is ready for four passengers to enjoy in comfort—something that can’t be said about any other Lamborghini vehicle. With Lamborghini’s second-ever SUV, the long-awaited Urus, set to go on sale soon, interest in the LM002 may be higher than ever.

2011 Porsche Speedster

Sold for $243,000

  • 3.8-liter, 408-hp boxer-six engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • One of just 356 made
  • Painted in 911 Speedster-exclusive Pure Blue
  • Equipped with optional ceramic brakes

Just 356 were built, most swathed in a model-exclusive Pure Blue shade over black leather (although a few were specified in a less eye-catching white). Recalling the 930 Speedster of the 1980s, it boasted a nearly three-inch shorter windshield and a low-profile black fabric roof tucked under a massive body color boot with double “speedster humps” that met the front seats. It also included black Fuchs-style alloy wheels wedged under the Carrera GTS’ wider body work. The GTS also lent its 408-horsepower boxer-six, but the Speedster came only with Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The look continued inside with black and blue accents and virtually every option from the Porsche catalog fitted as standard. This investment-grade 2011 911 Speedster is painted in the model’s signature Pure Blue and, with just 7,800 actual, it has been used only sparingly and is ready for both enjoyment and preservation as a unique footnote in the 911’s illustrious history.

1965 Shelby Cobra

Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,150,000

  • Original 289-cid, 271-hp V-8 engine
  • Date-coded aluminum case T10 four-speed manual transmission
  • Beautifully restored as originally presented
  • Completed by second owner, has had Cobra for 50 years
  • Original seat leather, as is dash fascia & instruments
  • Doors, trunk & hood latch all stamped 2442
  • Original AC Cars tag & stamped chassis
  • Original Impact competition belts
  • Original Elliott windshield
  • Factory hardtop
  • Many additional original aspects
  • Outstanding throughout

The long term caretaker of this exceptional machine was an experienced paint and body man and did the repair work. At that time he painted the car a 1961 Chevrolet metallic copper shade. Along with the wheel flares, the Cobra had a rollbar and fuel cell and was driven in this configuration for approximately seven years when the owner moved west to Arizona and CSX2442 was put in storage with 21,000 miles on the odometer in 1973. Forty-three years on, the odometer now reads only 25,952 miles. It is reported to have remained there until the 1990s when it was retrieved for a restoration by this same caring owner. The car appeared for sale in the fall of 1998 listed as being “from the ground up” restored back to its original colors, with original engine and the equipment in place. He decided against selling CSX 2442 at that time and the Shelby ended up with 50 years of ownership from this single owner, and it continues to be presented in the form as originally intended. Presented in an outstanding manner throughout; CSX 2442 runs with its original 289-cid, 271-hp V-8 engine fitted with an original Ford cast-iron intake manifold with Autolite carburetor. The engine block number is the one on the original AC Cars chassis tag. The transmission is a four-speed manual with the aluminum T10 date-coded case (3-30-64); the brakes are four-wheel discs fitted with painted knock-off wire wheels with AC two-eared spinners. The AC Cars chassis tag with CSX 2442 is in the engine compartment, plus the trunk latch and driver’s side hood latch both are stamped with “2442,” as are the doors

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