A classic-car tradition, RM Auctions to host Labor Day auction Aug. 30-Sept. 2

AUBURN, Ind. – A Labor Day weekend tradition for motoring enthusiasts across the country for over 45 years, RM Auctions’ Auburn Fall sale returns to the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, August 30 through September 2. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Previously held under the Auctions America banner, the 2017 Auburn Fall sale was a tremendous success. The four-day event resulted in $19.2 million in total sales with a strong 79 percent sell-through rate. In total, more than 700 vehicles and over 250 lots of memorabilia crossed the podium. Top sales were led by a 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ ‘Sweep Panel’ Phaeton by LaGrande, which sold for a well-deserved $2,300,000.

RM Auctions’ 2018 Auburn Fall auction, the 48th annual event, will see more than 750 quality collector cars and an assortment of automobilia cross the podium during a four-day sale, ranging from American classics to European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and modern collectibles. Beyond the auction action, there’s fun for the entire family, with an onsite swap meet, car corral, and additional automotive-themed attractions.

There are two selling sessions on Thursday, Aug. 30. The opener, which starts at 12 noon ET, features automobilia, including neon and metal signs, hood ornaments, prints, and even a vintage red police light.

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Reproduction neon sign advertising Chevrolet Super Service. Est. $100-$150

Immediately following, at 12:30 ET, collectors will take their pick from 100 fantastic classic and antique cars. If you’ve ever dreamed of reliving your teenage years and loading up your surfboards for a ride down to the beach in a vintage woody, you’ll have your chance. A customized 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster station wagon with modern upgrades to make it an awesome road machine will open for bids at $30,000. It’s pre-sale estimate is $65,000-$75,000.

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Old-school design meets modern technology in this customized 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster station wagon. It has a 5.7-liter fuel-injected LT1 V-8 engine out of a 1993 Camaro, a rear axle from a 1998 Mustang Cobra, and a 700R4 automatic transmission with LOKAR floor shifter. Est. $65,000-$75,000

Friday will follow the same format as Thursday, but with starting times of 10 a.m. ET for automobilia and 10:30 a.m. for cars.

A pair of custom couches made from the front and rear sections of a bright red 1956 Cadillac could reach $4,000-$6,000; while a beautiful reproduction neon sign advertising “Cadillac Standard Of The World” is expected to reach $8,000-$10,000.

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Imagine the fun of sinking into a pair of retro-style couches made from a 1956 Cadillac. Est. $4,000-$6,000


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This showy 1959 Chevy Corvette is finished in sleek black with silver coves. Est. $100,000-$125,000

The fun continues throughout Saturday and Sunday, as rare classic cars and coveted automotive memorabilia take their turns in the spotlight. A shining example of an all-time great American luxury car, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J (shown below) comes to RM Auctions from the Richard L Burdick collection. It has its original chassis, engine and body, and features incredible period restyling by famed coachbuilders Bohman & Schwartz. To own this “Doozie,” expect to pay $750,000-$950,000 at the Saturday cars session.

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1929 Duesenberg Model J. Provenance: Richard L. Burdick collection. Est. $750,000-$950,000


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1953 Buick Skylark convertible. Est. $80,000-$100,000

With locations worldwide and offering services in a number of languages, RM has the largest and most experienced team in the industry. For questions about any item in RM’s Auburn Fall sale series, call 800-211-4371.