Auctions America Kicks Off Its 2016 Season with $20 Million in Sales and 40 Percent New Bidders at Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – April 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Auctions America saw a strong start to its 2016 auction season this past weekend (April 1 – 3), generating $20 million* in sales with 70 percent of all lots sold at its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale event. Widely respected and celebrated as South Florida’s premier collector car show and auction, the multi-day event enjoyed strong attendance, with bidders hailing from 41 states across the U.S., along with 18 countries, including Japan, Brazil and Australia. Reflecting a continued enthusiasm and interest in the hobby, nearly 40 percent of bidders represented new clients to Auctions America.

  • Auctions America’s 14th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car auction generates $20 million in sales
  • Diverse top-sellers list led by 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona at $649,000
  • Rare American muscle and desirable Mercedes-Benzes attract significant interest and strong prices
  • 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Restomod raises $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
  • Complete results available at
  • Auctions America continues its 2016 calendar with Auburn Spring, May 5 – 7 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park

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The top selling 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona crosses the auction block at
Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale

“We’re very happy with the results of our 14th annual Fort Lauderdale sale, which was highlighted by numerous spirited bidding contests, making it clear that the auction room was packed with serious collectors,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “We received highly positive feedback on the diversity of the offering, which is reflected in the top ten sales. From European sports and touring cars of every era through to iconic American classics and muscle and high performance late model collectibles, the group is a fantastic representation of the variety you’ll find in Fort Lauderdale each year.”

Leading the top-sellers list was a restored, U.S.-delivery 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, which commanded $649,000 during Saturday’s sale session, while a 1930 Bentley “Blue Train” Re-creation, a wonderful interpretation of the fabled marque’s history, also sold well at $522,500. The remaining results within the top five demonstrate that rare, best-of-category examples continue to bring strong prices at auction. The limited-production 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S, stunning in cream with a tan leather interior, achieved a respectable $506,000, leading a string of additional Mercedes-Benz tourers that sold well, including a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 at $269,500 (pre-sale estimate $175,000-$225,000). Big-block American muscle also shined on the Fort Lauderdale stage, highlighted by a 430 hp 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Sport Coupe, one of just 69 built, for $404,250, and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, one of just 16 originally equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, at an above-estimate $330,000.


The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z71 Sport Coupe led American muscle highlight
over the three-day sale at $404,250

Additional highlights from the three-day sale included a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, which exceeded estimate at $264,000, and a 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider Serie Fiorano, which sold for a record $211,750. A rare 1966 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward illustrated the competitive bidding at the sale and was contested by numerous bidders both in the room and on the phone before eventually selling for $220,000— $60,000 above its high estimate.

Auctions America was also proud to once again support the important work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) at its South Florida event, raising $25,000 for the organization via the sale of a 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Restomod.


Representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County watch as the
1964 Ford Falcon Futura Restomod crosses the Fort Lauderdale auction block,
with all proceeds benefitting their important work.

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Top 10 Sales

  1. Lot 504 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  –  $649,000
  2. Lot 534 1930 Bentley “Blue Train” Re-creation  –  $522,500
  3. Lot 524 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300S  –  $506,000
  4. Lot 510 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1  –  $404,250
  5. Lot 554 1971 Plymouth Hemi `Cuda  –  $330,000
  6. Lot 541 2005 Ford GT  –  $319,000
  7. Lot 495 1965 Shelby GT 350  –  $314,600
  8. Lot 522 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR  –  $275,000
  9. Lot 478 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5  –  $269,500
  10. Lot 496 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  –  $264,000


An overview of the nearly 450 vehicles on offer at Auctions America’s
2016 Fort Lauderdale collector car sale

Auctions America continues its 2016 calendar with Auburn Spring, May 5 – 7, the first of its two annual sales held at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana. An event that has quickly emerged as a spring tradition for collectors in recent years, the upcoming sale will lift the gavel on approximately 500 quality collector vehicles and assorted automobilia. The Auburn Spring weekend will also include an onsite swap meet and car corral, as well as the all-new Automotive Midway, featuring display vehicles, club booths, manufacturer displays, detailing demonstrations and more.

For additional information on upcoming events or to view complete results from Auctions America’s 2016 Fort Lauderdale collector car auction, please visit

*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for automobiles and 15 percent for automobilia.

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, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.



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