AUBURN, IN – January 13, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A historically significant 1948 Tucker 48 will be amongst a tremendous assortment of quality collectors cars when Auctions America presents its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale sale, April 1-3. Widely regarded as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, the highly anticipated event—the first of Auctions America’s 2016 season—will provide a wonderful showcase of automotive history for collectors and enthusiasts alike, lifting the gavel on more than 475 automobiles and select automobilia. In keeping with Auctions America’s commitment to offer diverse, quality product, the event will shine a spotlight on a broad cross-section of the market, including American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs.
- Auctions America announces latest highlights for its well-established Fort Lauderdale, Florida sale, April 1-3
- South Florida’s premier collector car auction, three-day auction to feature diverse roster of nearly 500 collector cars and select automobilia
- Postwar period spectacularly represented by offering of a very special 1948 Tucker 48
- Event information and a frequently updated list of entries available online at www.auctionsamerica.com
A historically significant 1948 Tucker 48
credit – Darin Schnabel © 2016 Auctions America
The 1948 Tucker 48 leads a wide selection of American Classics secured for the April sale. At a time when rapid industrialization was transforming culture and design, the Tucker 48 was a rolling symbol of the American dream and one of the most advanced early post-war automobiles. In total, just 51 examples of the celebrated Tucker were assembled, rendering the offering of any example a very rare and special opportunity. The featured car, a stunning example of Art Deco styling, is both an interesting and historically significant part of the Tucker story. Beginning life as the factory automatic transmission test chassis, it was later completed by several enthusiasts using sourced parts and patterns taken from the excellent original Tucker at the Gilmore Car Museum, resulting in a highly detailed and authentic restoration. It has since been displayed at several concours events, including the 2015 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, where it was awarded Best in Class (Est. $950,000 – $1,250,000).
“The offering of any Tucker at public auction is significant given the marque’s short-lived history and limited production. The restoration quality of this example is truly second-to-none – there hasn’t been a comparable example offered at auction in some years,” says Donnie Gould, president, Auctions America. “We’re thrilled to be offering a car so ingrained and celebrated in American automotive history as the Tucker in Fort Lauderdale, which is again shaping up as a must-attend event for enthusiasts of all stripes.”
From the dramatic Art Deco styling of the 40s to the flamboyant 50s, when chrome and tailfins were all the rage, the Fort Lauderdale event will also shine the spotlight on a terrific series of American-built post-war classics. Notable early highlights of this group include a limited production, multiple award-winning 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible; presented in Condor Yellow with a Black and Cream interior and black canvas power top, this professionally restored Skylark is powered by a 321-cid, 200hp V-8 Fireball engine and fitted with the Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission (Est $175,000 – $200,000). Also poised for the Fort Lauderdale stage, a beautifully maintained 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; widely recognized as an emblem of 1950s America, the Bel Air is finished in its correct shade of Matador Red and equipped with a V-8 engine and dual exhaust (Est. $90,000 – $100,000).
1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
credit – Tyler Allen © 2016 Auctions America
For those who crave a little more power under the hood, American Muscle is highlighted by a trio of Shelbys, including the previously announced 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback and 1968 Shelby GT 500KR Convertible. Joining the powerful duo is a 1965 Shelby GT 350 Fastback, equipped with its original engine and retaining many original features including correct wood-rimmed steering wheel and seatbelts, with a “Cyclops eye” tachometer mounted to the dashboard (Est. $350,000 – $450,000). The docket also includes a fully-documented 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III, one of only 29 fitted with an automatic transmission and the only example presented in “triple green” (Est. $100,000 – $140,000).
1965 Shelby GT 350 Fastback
credit – Darin Schnabel © 2016 Auctions America
Last but not least, leading a superb assortment of European sports cars expected at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is a 10,000-mile, highly original 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, finished in the signature two-tone Boxer color scheme of Red and Black; along with a very rare 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6, a beautiful example of the last year of the 964 variant, and with 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque (Est. $200,000 – $250,000).
Auctions America’s 14th annual Fort Lauderdale auction will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, April 1-3. To discuss consignment opportunities, please call toll free 877-906-2437 (or +1 954 566 2209 outside North America) or visit www.auctionsamerica.com to view further event details and a frequently updated list of entries.
ABOUT AUCTIONS AMERICA
Formed 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 vehicle specialists, who offer over 150 years’ 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; Santa Monica, California; and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.