Worldwide Auctioneers’ annual Auburn Auction roars to life this week from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 3 at the company’s headquarters — Kruse Plaza — in Auburn, IN. The action begins August 31 with the auction preview open for viewing and the car corral and swap meet open to shoppers. Visitors will also be able to experience the sights of the nearby 2022 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival running from August 27 to September 4.
One of the stars of the auction is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy that has never been offered for public sale. The restoration of J-239 began in 2014 with Brian Joseph’s Classic & Exotic Service entrusted with the task. In addition to winning its class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, the Model J was given Category 1 Certification by the ACD Club.
Also on offer is a 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster and a 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton. Both top-of-the-line supercharged examples are quite rare with approximately 150 examples of the Speedster produced and about 196 of the SC phaetons. The 812 won best Cord at the 2015 ADC Club National Reunion and is ACD Club certified. While the Auburn has yet to return to Auburn, IN for its certification, it would be a blast to drive for ACD Club festivities.
Highlights among modern cars include a Rosso Siviglia 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition that has only covered 6,383 km, and a 2004 Ford GT Prototype that was the first example to reach 200 mph in testing. Newer still is a fire-breathing 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS from the Eclectic Collection. The 700-hp Miami Blue GT2 was ordered with the Weissach package and a custom-ordered black leather and red Alcantara interior.
Among the no-reserve lots are the 77 cars comprising the Rockhound Collection. A few of the gems in the collection are a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Arlington sedan, delivered new in Paris, and a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 with 3,200 original miles on the odometer.