Auburn Auction Tallies $17.6 Million in Total Sales

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Sedan — a Pebble Beach award winner with custom coachwork by Dietrich — sold for $1.435 million. Photo: Worldwide Auctioneers

Worldwide’s 14th annual The Auburn (Indiana) Auction over the Labor Day weekend delivered $17.6 million in total sales and a 98 percent sell-through, with 116 of the 119 available machines finding new homes.

The top-selling 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupé at $1.765 million. Photo: Worldwide Auctioneers

High sale honors went to a multiple award winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupé with world-class provenance that brought $1.765 million. A 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Sedan — a Pebble Beach award winner with custom coachwork by Dietrich — sold for $1.435 million. The Worldwide team had also curated an outstanding offering of race cars for the event, with one of the most celebrated of all, a 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX 2469 previously owned and driven by Carroll Shelby, selling for $1.49 million.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX 2469 previously owned and driven by Carroll Shelby, sold for $1.49 million. Photo: Worldwide Auctioneers

“Over the decades, some of the world’s finest automobiles have been bought and sold here in Auburn, and we’re thrilled to bring that magic back,” said John Kruse, Principal and Auctioneer. “Auburn, Indiana, once again takes its place as a global player on the world auction stage.”

Worldwide set a number of emphatic records for full classics during the weekend, with an award-winning 1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 Convertible Victoria by Darrin selling for an astonishing $885,000 after some exceptionally energetic bidding.

A rare and meticulously restored 1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe, meanwhile, realized a record $190,400; and a 1929 duPont Model G Waterhouse Convertible Coupe with beautiful custom coachwork by the famed Waterhouse Company brought an eye-watering $720,000.

“Our sincere thanks to all who joined us at home at our Indiana headquarters, in person or virtually, and helped make this such a resoundingly successful and memorable sale,” said Rod Egan, Principal and Chief Auctioneer. ”We have always set out to put a diverse selection of great cars together with collectors, friends and enthusiasts in a relaxed and convivial setting and the results speak for themselves.”

The Auburn Auction was presented as a live and simultaneous online event on September 3-4, 2021, at Kruse Plaza in Auburn, Indiana. Friday’s sale featured a remarkable offering of Packard automobiles and associated memorabilia from The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, a collection of 31 lovingly curated examples representing virtually every model year from 1916 through 1955. The sale also featured a selection of some of the best automobilia and memorabilia to be found.

Full results are available online at worldwideauctioneers.com.