Labor Day weekend is just around the corner — and so is Worldwide Auctioneers’ expanded three-day Auburn Auction. Running from September 1 to 3, concurrent with the final three days of the 2022 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the action takes place at Worldwide’s expansive Kruse Plaza headquarters in Auburn, IN.
Added activities for 2022 include a car corral, swap meet and marketplace featuring automotive lifestyle vendors. Auction consignments are still being added, but the auction house already has put together a varied lineup packed full of world-class automobiles.
A star among the American Classics offered by Worldwide is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe. The svelte convertible has never been offered for public sale and has recently been treated to a restoration by a Duesenberg specialist. Retaining its original body, engine, chassis and firewall, the Model J is ACD Club certified and won Best Duesenberg at the 2021 ACD Festival.
Another auction highlight — this one from Europe — is the 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix. Raced in-period by Jean Ollivier, the Bugatti’s competition pedigree includes entry at the 1926 Provence Grand Prix. The Type 35A has undergone a documented restoration and is a proven touring machine, having travelled some 4,000 miles through Europe in 2017.
Adding to the star power is The Rockhound Collection of 77 no-reserve vehicles. A few of the highlights among the Rockhound offerings are a 1936 Bentley 4¼ Litre Airflow Sedan displayed by Gurney-Nutting on its stand at the Olympia Motor Show in 1936, and a second Duesie, this one a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Blind Quarter Club Sedan. Like the Convertible Coupe, this handsome sedan retains its original engine, body and chassis. Sold new to the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, other former owners include the wealthy Sursock Family of Lebanon.
Other early highlights of Worldwide’s Auburn Auction are a two-time NCRS Top-Flight and Duntov award-winning 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie convertible — one of 157 produced — and a 1946 Ford Sportsman Convertible. As are a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe — also from the Rockhound Collection — with 3,200 original miles and a stunning 1990 Lamborghini 25th Anniversary Coupe — the final iteration of Lamborghini’s iconic poster-car.