AUCTIONS AMERICA’S DEBUT HILTON HEAD ISLAND SALE

image001 Auctions America, the official auction house of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, officially rounds out its 2015 calendar this month with a boutique afternoon sale on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, October 31. Held at the beachfront Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the sale features more than 100 blue-chip collector cars and select automobilia, offering an exciting range of ownership opportunities for savvy collectors. image003

an exceptionally original 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition (credit: courtesy of Auctions America)

“While Auctions America is best known for its multi-day sales, we’re focusing on a smaller, more elite group of automobiles for our final auction of the year,” says Megan Boyd, Car Specialist, Auctions America. “The select offering of cars has been hand-picked by our team of specialists to complement the diversity and heritage that is showcased by the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance and we are looking forward to celebrating the hobby in one of America’s most scenic locations.” The docket for the Halloween auction runs the gamut of automotive production, from quintessential American classics through to superb European sports and GT cars. The auction will also feature an exciting series of poster cars from the 1970s and 80s, as well as modern collectibles to cater to growing collector interest in these segments. ICONIC POSTER CARS Poster cars from the 1970s and 80s have been trending in recent months, as those who adorned their bedroom walls with pictures of these cars during their youth are now in the financial position to realize their dreams. When it comes to poster cars of the 1980s in particular, there is perhaps nothing more iconic than the Lamborghini Countach. Designed as a successor to the Lamborghini Miura, the Countach turned the automotive world completely upside down when it was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Lamborghini released an updated and slightly restyled version of its celebrated Countach, which went on to become the most desirable iteration of the car in the eyes of many. The Hilton Head Island auction will present an exceptionally original example of this model, a1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition. Finished in highly desirable white with a black leather interior, the vehicle on offer was delivered new to the United States. Presented in remarkably well-preserved and maintained condition, it shows just 10,900 km from new and is expected to garner strong interest from collectors when it crosses the auction block (Est. $340,000 - $380,000). Other notable poster cars slated for the sale include:
  • an attractive 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, striking in Silver over Red and fitted with desirable Daytona style seats and fender flares, which were added after the car left Maranello (Est, $290,000 - $330,000);
  • a stunning, black on black 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB, a fantastic example of a first-year 308 and one of the last great carbureted Ferraris, showing just 2700 miles (Est. $100,000 - $125,000); and
  • an instantly recognizable 1982 DeLorean DMC-12; best identified by its appearance in “Back to the Future”, the DeLorean is known for its distinctive gullwing doors and iconic stainless steel body. The example on offer is presented in largely original condition (Est. $25,000 - $30,000).
MODERN PERFORMANCE For those with a penchant for recent design and performance, Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island event also features a number of modern collectibles. Among standout lots are an ‘as new’ 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster, one of the lowest mileage examples in existence with a mere 543 miles (Est. $280,000 - $320,000); and, a well-documented 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe, built with a 3.6 liter turbocharged engine, capable of propelling the car to a blisteringly fast 198 mph (Est. $140,000 - $160,000). image005

an “as new” 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster (credit: courtesy of Auctions America)

Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale will be at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, on Saturday, October 31. Auction vehicles will be available for advance preview on Friday, October 30. The digital catalog featuring select highlights is  available online: http://bit.ly/1LmIsbU. For further information, including on bidder registration, or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit www.auctionsamerica.com. For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including those for the Salute to Centennial Driving Tour, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for purchase at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com/tickets.  ABOUT AUCTIONS AMERICA Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time car specialists, who offer over 180 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @auctionsamerica. ABOUT THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 14th year in 2015. The Festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, Oct. 23 – 25, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, at the Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 1) will take center stage. New to this year’s Motoring Festival is the Hilton Head Island Auction by Auctions America (Oct. 31), the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala (Oct. 30) and the Aero Expo (Oct. 31) featuring an array of vintage and new aircraft. Motoring Festival Partners for the 2015 Festival include the Port Royal Golf ClubThe Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & SpaThe Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & SpaBMW GroupPorsche of Hilton HeadVolvoLexusGMCMingledorff ’sSavannah/Hilton Head International AirportHargray, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com online.

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