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9/4/2011 11:51:00 AM
$880,000 Duesenberg tops sales at Worldwide auction in DeKalb County

Dave Kurtz, Herald Republican Executive Editor KPC Media Group

AUBURN — A 1932 Duesenberg sold for $880,000 Saturday, highlighting the second day of Worldwide Auctioneers’ collector-car sale.

An unexpected late arrival at the sale, the Model J Duesenberg did not appear in the auction catalogue. The buyer’s name was not available.

The Duesenberg sold just before the auction’s Main Event segment, which featured 78 outstanding cars Saturday night at the three-day sale, six miles south of Auburn.

When the Main Event began, Worldwide Auctioneers sold at least seven more cars at prices exceeding $200,000.

“There are a lot of very different cars. There’s a lot of range” in the cars selling, said Jo Snyder, director of public relations for Worldwide Auctioneers.

The auction featured a 1948 Delahaye 135M Chapron DHC, discovered in Washington state where it had been in storage for 35 years. Still dusty with volcanic ash from the 1982 Mount St. Helens eruption, it sold at no reserve for $247,500.

“This is a remarkable barn find that has not only survived with completely original panels, chassis and interior, but also runs and drives,” said Rod Egan, auctioneer.

A telephone bidder from Russia bought two vintage cars, paying $363,000 for a 1930 V-16 Cadillac and $264,000 for a 1928 Rolls-Royce. His name was not revealed.

A 1964 Dodge Charger billed as the first funny-car dragster brought $302,500. A curvaceous 1955 Hudson Italia fetched $352,000.

An unrestored 1939 GMC Futurliner, one of only 12 built in 1941 for the Parade of Progress and said to be the most original example known, sold for $247,500.

The gavel came down at $214,500 on the sale of a 1930 Cadillac dual-cowl phaeton.

The auction’s poster car, a 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, was a no-sale with a high bid of $1.4 million.

A 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 Competition Model,described as the most original of its kind, also went unsold with a $725,000 high bid.

Earlier Saturday, auctioneer John Kruse sold a 1966 Shelby GT Mustang for $122,000, and his uncle, Daniel Kruse, called bids on the sale of a 1937 Cord Supercharged Phaeton for $112,500. A whimsical Bathtub Buggy built with numerous plumbing parts sold for $12,000.

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