GAA Classic Cars Spring Auction 2023

April, 2023

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GAA Classic Cars added an additional spring auction this year featuring the cars of the Jerry Smith No Reserve Collection.  Previously, they were on display at the Memory Lane Classic Car Museum in Georgia.   In all, the auction consisted of 400 collector vehicles and over 1,000 pieces of memorabilia.

A 1970 Plymouth Superbird was the top-selling car of the auction. These “Wing Warriors” are always highly coveted collectibles due to their one-year-only design that looks more at home on a NASCAR racetrack than on the streets.   Of the many memorabilia items sold, a large Dog N Suds neon sign topped the list – an iconic reminder of happy cruising days at the local drive-in.

A special moment during the auction was a pause to raise money for Victory Junction.   This foundation enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, at no cost to children or their families.  The “King” himself, Richard Petty, was in the house to help the fund-raising effort by drawing further attention to the worthy cause.

Here are the top 10 sales, as well as other eye-catching automobiles we saw at the purpose-built auction facility, “The Palace” in Greensboro, NC.

Top 10 Sales

1970 Plymouth Superbird$215,000
2017 Acura NSX$200,000
2018 Dodge Demon$172,500
1964 Lincoln Continental$146,000
2009 Corvette$145,000
2020 Lincoln Navigator$130,000
2013 Corvette$130,000
1965 Ford Shelby$125,000
1961 Chevy Impala$120,000
1957 Chevy Bel Aur$116,000

Top 5 Memorabilia Sales

Dog N Suds Neon Sign$36,800
Evan’s Gambling Wheel$29,000
Dixie Sign$17,000
Cadillac Couch with Ottomans$13,000
Musco Sign$12,500

The Victory Junction Charity Sale – The King was in the House

In the spirit of Jerry Smith’s charitable nature, another GAACC customer, Thompson’s Antique Muscle Car Outlet, donated a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. This prototype, Richard Petty’s 50th Anniversary Pontiac NASCAR concept vehicle, was auctioned to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to Victory Junction Foundation. With the King at the podium, who offered the winning bidder his iconic Petty hat as a bonus, GAACC raised a total of $176,334 for Victory Junction.

More Eye-catching Automobiles and Memorabilia

Note: All sold prices reflect their hammer prices.