GAA Classic Cars Auction Summer 2023
The 11th GAA Classic Cars just finished up its three-day summer auction at The Palace in Greensboro, NC. You can always count on an impressive variety of classics on the docket, and with 750 vehicles crossing the auction block, there was something to see around every corner.
A 1953 Cadillac street rod called “Root Beer Float” was the top overall sale. This custom-built caddy, whose name is taken from its paint color, has won many show awards.
Other standouts from the auction included several big block 427 Corvettes, a Silver Blue 1958 Vette that can only be described as “automotive jewelry,” an abundance of the ever-popular red-hot first-generation Broncos, and four unique, seldom-seen Mercury pickups.
Here are some of the highlights of the auction.
List of Top Six-Figure Sales
1953 Cadillac, “Root Beer Float”
Created by Ryan’s Rod and Kustom, “Root Beer Float” burst on the custom car scene in 2013 with appearances at the Detroit Autorama and the “Run to the Sun’” car show in Myrtle Beach, SC. In the latter, the 1953 Caddy won best of show. This well-known custom in the hobby has been featured in Street Rodder magazine. Everyone loves a Root Beer Float!
1958 Corvette in Silver Blue
In 1958 GM dressed all its cars with loads of chrome, so much so that there were jokes that so much of the car was covered in trim, the automaker must have been trying to cut down on the amount of body paint needed. In keeping with GMs partiality for chrome trim work, the ’58 Corvette, of course, was designed with a lot of bright work, including a pair of one-model-year-only spears over the trunk. All this bling, along with the factory color of Silver Blue and contrasting coves, make for one fine looking sports car. It’s a true piece of automotive jewelry.
In the late ‘40s, Ford of Canada split its Ford and Lincoln/Mercury divisions into separate sales networks. Some regions of Canada only had Lincoln/Mercury dealerships, which made it difficult to sell Ford F-series pickups. The solution was to rebrand the Fords as Mercurys with appropriate badging. It’s rare to see one of these M-Series trucks in the United States, so having four for sale at the GAA auction was definitely a pleasant surprise. All trucks were powered by the Ford flathead V8, with the ’53 being the only automatic in the foursome. Pricing on the 1949 to 1953 Mercs ranged from $37,000 to $44,000. Although the 1952 model was missing from this lineup, its design is very close to the ’51 model.