Detroit Takes Center Stage at Annual Labor Day Classic Car Auction in Auburn, Ind.

A pair of 2005 Ford GTs and a collection of vehicles and memorabilia from Detroiter Ed Meurer took center stage at RM Auctions 49th annual Labor Day sale at Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Ind.
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Mark IV Red 2005 Ford GT
This Mark IV Red 2005 Ford GT with 11.5 miles on the odometer sold for $302,500 at last weekend’s auction in Auburn, Ind. // Photo courtesy of RM Auctions

A pair of 2005 Ford GTs and a collection of vehicles and memorabilia from Detroiter Ed Meurer took center stage at RM Auctions 49th annual Labor Day sale at Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Ind.

The Ford GTs were the two highest selling vehicles in the auction. The first, one of just 765 produced in Mark IV Red with 11.5 miles on the odometer, sold for $302,500. The second, a rare two-option, hood-stripe delete Quick Silver model with 313 miles, sold for $291,500.

The highlight of the Auburn Fall auction was the Ed Meurer Collection from Detroit, comprised of more than 90 pre- and post-war American classic motor cars and 250 lots of memorabilia.

The memorabilia included vintage neon signs, gas pumps, and rare automobile parts. The entire collection brought in nearly $4 million. Leading the Meurer collection was a CCCA Full Classic 1935 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan with custom coachwork by Rollston that sold for $160,000.

“We saw great energy and attendance across all four days at Auburn Fall,” says Gord Duff, global head of auctions for the RM Sotheby’s Group. “While we’ve witnessed a softening in the collector car market in 2019, our Auburn Fall sale continues to see strong results, with 90 percent of all lots sold and 75 percent of all cars sold this year.”

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