Hood ornament: 1935 LaFayette
Hood ornament: 1947 Cadillac
Tailfin: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado
Egg crate grille: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado
1957 Buick Century
Hubcap: 1951 Mercury
Hood badge: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster
Hood ornament: 1951 Chevrolet Special Deluxe coupe
Four Peaks provides backdrop for peaked auction tent
1947 Cadillac,, 1966 Corvette and others await their trip across the block
‘Ram Air’ intake over 383cidi engine in 1970 Dodge Super Bee
Hood side ornament: 1935 LaFayette
Nose emblem: 1951 Mercury
1977 Pontiac Firebird
Name badge: 1959 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite
Hood ornament: 1951 Mercury
1947 Internatioal pickup-based hot rod
Grille emblem: 1960 Studebaker Lark
Nose emblem: 1951Kaiser
Rear quarter badge: 1970 Dodge Super Bee
‘Split window” Corvette and auction tent reflected in trunk lid of 1951 Cadillac
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero
Photos by Larry Edsall
Silver Auctions’ Spring in Arizona sale sent some 180 cars across the block. More than 100 of them were hammered sold, generating $1.475 million (including sales commissions).
Do the math and that figures out to an average transaction price of $14,469.
The most expensive purchase at the auction was $54,000 for a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. A 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible went for $52,920.
On the other hand, there were plenty of cars that sold for four figures.
High bids of the auction were $72,000 for a 1964 Corvette coupe and $66,000 for a 1940 Ford convertible, though neither of those figures met the owners’ reserve price. The sell-through rate was 56 percent.
Silver’s next auction is April 11-12 at Portland, Ore.
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek
magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to writing for ClassicCars.com, Larry oversees automotive enthusiast website iZoom.com, writes a weekly feature for The Detroit News
, writes occasional articles for the The New York Times
, and teaches as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.