The number of collector car auctions held across the country seems to be growing each year. Some are run by large auction companies, with major name recognition, while others are hosted by smaller, more locally-known auction houses. There's no doubt it is exciting to watch as high-end muscle cars or European classics hammer down for outrageous bucks. But, it's also fun to see a collection of American Iron that may not necessarily set auction records, but nonetheless represent some of the finest examples of mostly original and well-maintained classics
If you're looking for one of those auctions where you can see hundreds of Detroit’s best classics, the Raleigh Classic auction, in the city by the same name, is the one for you. It’s as though all the “survivor” cars from the '40s to the '80s come together here to find a new owner. This year, the Raleigh Classic showcased 300 original or restored-to-original-condition classics, many with low mileage and loaded with factory options, as well as a few prewar and late model collectibles at their two-day event. The top sellers were a pair of Buick Roadmaster convertibles (1947 and 1957). These gems, along with several other standout classics at the event, are highlighted below.
The 1947 highly-documented Roadmaster Convertible, with only 5,092 miles since new, sold for $125,000. The 1957 very original Roadmaster, with 75,438 miles, sold for $105,000.
This all original Packard, which spent 30 years in a New York museum and has only 35,000 miles on the odometer, received a high bid of $50,000.
This 100% original 1953 Cadillac Series 62, with only 19,517 miles, received high bid of $29,000. It's a true time capsule example of cars from the post war era.
This highly optioned, professionally restored example of the special order “Bumble Bee” factory color combo sold for $65,000.
Complete restoration of a rust free truck with a 315 V8 and 3 speed push button selector received high bid of $29,000.
This very rare 389 tri-power Pontiac convertible, which underwent a detailed restoration, sold for $46,000.
Restored to show room condition, this rare premium station wagon sold for $51,000.
An expertly restored original E-Code (dual 4-barrels) Skyliner, with a smooth operating top, sold for $52,000.