I sit here writing to you now, three weeks after I broke my left index finger due to an unfortunate accident while at my job. So, that left me with a little bit of extra time on my hands as I was on restrictions at work and couldn’t work as much as I usually do. So on the Friday of September 4th. I decided to do what any upstanding car enthusiast with the day off in the Fort Wayne area would do, I went to the Auburn Fall Auction.
This would be my third time attending an auction put on by Auctions America at the Auburn Auction park. After parking in one of the grass fields next to the auction park, I decided to take a stroll through the rest of the lot to see what I would come across. Two notables were this epic chopped and lowered ’49 Chevy and a Bentley Continental. Once I entered the park it sell though. I was completely awestruck.
In the first tent right past the entrance gate sat a plethora of vintage and modern machinery resting in the shade, out of the harsh sun of a late summer Indiana morning. Big body 60’s Benzes, Corvettes, Ferrari’s, jet age 50’s American steel. It had it all. It took me a solid hour just to get through the first tent.
This Fiat 500L didn’t help my progress through the tent though. I’ve never seen one of these in person before. So I spent a few minutes pouring over it’s details and learning as much as I could from what I could see. I was amazed as to how small it was compared to the Camaro on it’s left and the Torino on it’s right. It’s hard to believe that these cars were manufactured around the same time. The minuscule Italian next to its gargantuan counterparts from the United States.
After I peeled myself off the Fiat I began to peruse the rest of the grounds. Tent after tent filled with decades worth of amazing automobiles. With so much to see, I couldn’t take my time and go over every last detail of each car. I did come to the conclusion though that my favorite era of design for Post War American cars is the 50’s into the early 60’s. Long, elegant, jetliner inspired body’s. They are the epitome of American design prowess. The amazing color combinations only add to the appeal of these V8 highway destroyers. I’m planning on doing a more in depth look at these cars and why they came to be here in the near future.
After a couple of laps of the massive grounds I had a pretty clear idea of which cars were my favorites, and which ones have been added to my list of “must own” cars.
For sure on the list, I have to own a 60’s or early 70’s Mercedes Benz. Mercedes’ has such a simple, yet elegant style. This style was pioneered in cars like this W109 300se sedan. It’s fuel injected V8 was a direct response to what the American’s were doing at the time with their large sedans. I couldn’t image how awesome I would feel cruising around the Fort in a timeless Mercedes luxury tank like this one. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the silver paint on a red interior, classic Mercedes. Another car that peaked my interest from Germany was this 2002tii, I have made it a mission to own an 02 series Nue Klasse BMW by the time I’m 25. So lets see how that goes.
According to Mr. “So Called” Clarkson, every car guy has to own an Alfa Romeo at least once in their life. This Giulia 2000 GT Veloce would suit just fine for me. The white on black combination, the Nardi classic wood steering wheel, and a screaming 2.0l four cylinder under the reverse opening bonnet. It is the definition of automotive nirvana.
Even though the fall auction is known for it’s big sales on even bigger cars, there were still some bargains to be had. Each of these three cars above could be purchased for less than $2,200. Which is why I titled this first part the way I did. Had I known, and had the money saved up, I would have came home with either the Alfa or the BMW.
If you grew tired walking around the auction area (I don’t know how you could with the sheer number of different automobiles) you could go grab some food at one of the seemingly endless food trucks and trailers serving up any type of grub your heart could possibly desire. Or, you could walk around the car corral and swap meet.
Looking for a car, but you don’t want to have to big against anyone else, or the owner’s reserve? This was the place for you.
Looking for parts to finish restoring your vintage gas pump, a hard to find bicycle, or period correct automotive literature? Then the swap meet was for you. I didn’t have enough time to go through everyone’s stand and see what they had for sale. I did however, almost leave with a COORS BMW M1 ProCar advertisement, but I found the owner’s asking price a bit steep for a piece of paper with a light attached to it and thought better of it. About that time I was worn out from walking an ubelieveable amount and headed home.
I returned the next day with Brenden, Brad, Nick and Nick’s father Rick. To gauge their thoughts and to attend the event that Dream Maker’s were holding that night. More on that in the next post! Stay tuned!