McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Event 52 taking place this weekend, promises to be one the highlights of the year. This years event will have over 500 cars on the auction block. Here are some the featured vehicles. For more information visit www.classic-carauction.com
Here are the results from the McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction. The overall top seller was a 2007 Bentley Continential GTC that sold for $121,800. The top seller amongst classic cars was a 1954 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible that sold for $81,375.00. For a complete list of the results visit http://www.classic-carauction.com/auction_results_list.cfm?auctionnbr=51
Car enthusiasts and collectors are marking their calendars for Keith McCormick’s Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction where a pristine 1951 Jaguar Mark V Drop Head Coup (convertible) will star among a cast of 600 collectable cars, truck and motorcycles.
Set for Nov. 18-20, the three-day event will be held at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, opening Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m., continuing Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An impressive array of vehicles at this auction will include antique cars and trucks, muscle cars from the 1960’s and 70’s, foreign and U.S. sports cars, trucks and motorcycles. Vehicle prices vary from a few thousand dollars well into six figures, according to Keith McCormick.
“Some cars are coming in with no reserve” (or minimum price), said McCormick, which means the owners are very flexible in the price they are willing to take. It could be a reflection of the economy, “but it probably means a good deal for buyers.”
The 1951 Jaguar is only one of 200 in the world, according to the Jaguar Mark V Registry. It has classic vertical slats in the grill, swaying fenders and other design features, giving it “milestone car status,” said Jason McCormick, Keith McCormick’s son who is co-manager of the auction. It is Lavender Gray in color with a blue leather interior.
The auction will stream live via the Internet for three days and people who register in advance may bid for cars by phone, said Keith McCormick. At the previous auction, people tuned in from across the United States, Europe and New Zealand and bid on cars.
Four cameras will be set up to show different views of each car as it passes through the auction tent. A special bank of phones will be set up to receive telephone bids. To connect to the live broadcast and receive registration information, go to http://www.classic-carauction.com
People bidding by telephone will have to register in advance and follow the same procedures as people attending the auction, McCormick noted. Bidding requires a $30 registration fee and a “good faith deposit,” which is refunded if nothing is purchased, McCormick said. “This prevents a person consuming a six-pack from buying a Rolls Royce and not knowing what he has done,” McCormick said.
A VIP Bidder Card is available for the first time, includes registration for two consecutive events, free food for two persons and red carpet seating.
The auction, which normally brings up to 20,000 visitors to Palm Springs, may add another 50,000 to the online auction site while streaming on the World Wide Web, McCormick said. Other major exotic car auctions have claimed 1.5 million visitors worldwide to the website broadcasts.
Keith and Jason McCormick work with other family members to create the car show and auction. “Palm Springs, which has always been home for many exotic cars, is the perfect setting for the event,” said Keith, who has produced the auction for the past 25 years.
For a photo preview of the vehicles and other information, go to http://www.classic-carauction.com/ The website explains entry fees, rules and other details.
Source: Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction Press Release
Photo Caption: Jason and Julie McCormick prepare for the Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction, set for Nov. 18-20, featuring a wide variety of cars including this 1951 Jaguar Mark V Drop Head Coup (convertible), the star of the auction. (Photo by Bill Marchese)
Keith McCormick held his 50th Classic Car Auction on February 25th, 26th & 27th 2011 in Palm Springs, California. This was his 25th anniversary sale and 50th event.
The event kicked off Friday afternoon with a champagne hour to celebrate the 25th anniversary followed by 100 cars crossing the block with a 80% sale rate. The event continued Saturday & Sunday with an additional 387 cars and an impressive 70% sale rate. All previous attendance and sales records were broken. A total of 487 cars crossed the block with 342 finding new homes and a sales total of $5,753,212.50 (including 5% buy fees)
Notable sales included:
Lot # 124 1968 Shelby GT500 KR….Sold $131,250
Lot # 120 1967 Chevy Corvette 427….Sold $84,000
Lot # 151 1933 Ford Speedstar….Sold $80,850
Lot # 176 1957 Buick Century Cvt….Sold $76,650
Lot # 168 1959 Chevy ElCamino …. Sold $53,025
Lot # 169 1956 Chevy Corvette Rdstr…. Sold $60,375
Source: McCormick’s Press Release
With the 50th McCormick collector car auction coming up Feb. 25-27, Keith McCormick has seen some unusual highs and lows. About 14 years ago, he experienced both on the same day.
The Palm Springs Collector Car Auction was held in the in the convention center then, and McCormick, dressed in a new tuxedo, showed up at 6:30 a.m. to check the antique and collectible cars to be auctioned starting at 8 that morning.
When he opened the door to the exhibit hall, the rush of air fanned the flames on the battery under the hood of a 1939 Ford, which was already on fire because the car’s owner had accidentally crossed the wires. Within seconds flames leaped from under the hood and smoke billowed throughout the hall.It looked like the whole center would burn to the ground
McCormick and a security guard found the fire hose, fought the flames and called the fire department, but McCormick and his tux were covered in soot. “The Ford was destroyed and several other cars were damaged. But the fire department got there in eight minutes and began damage control and smoke removal,” McCormick said.
That was the low point of the day. McCormick went home, changed his clothes and opened the auction on time. “But it turned out to be one of the best sales after that,” he said.
Now in its 25th year, the twice-a-year auction is now held at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. About 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles pass through the large auction tent, creating a lively and loud carnival atmosphere, with a different vehicle drawing bids every three minutes before crowds
To celebrate its 25th year, a champagne toast is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. in the auction tent on Friday, Feb. 25. After the toast, the auction of the first 100 collector vehicles will begin.
Singer Trini Lopez, a Palm Springs resident best know for hits such as “Kansas City,” “Lemon Tree” and “If I had a hammer,” will be in attendance at the toast as he opened McCormick’s first sale in 1986 with his 1972 Cadillac convertible . “He is still recording and appearing live in concerts,” said McCormick. One of Lopez’s vintage cars will be on sale at the auction ( Lot# 174)..A rare 1966 Rolls Royce Mulliner-Park Ward convertible sold to him by Bill Harrah of Vegas Casino fame in 1966.
The auction vehicles can be viewed on McCormick’s website, www.classic-carauction.com. The website explains entry fees, rules and other details and has photos of the vehicles to be auctioned.
The auction will stream live via the Internet from their website. People who register in advance may bid for cars by phone, said Keith McCormick. At the previous auction, people tuned in from across the United States, Europe Japan, New Zealand and bid on cars.
People bidding by telephone will have to register in advance and follow the same procedures as people attending the auction, McCormick noted.
Vehicles at this auction will include antique cars and trucks, muscle cars from the 1960’s and 70’s, foreign and U.S. sports cars, trucks and motorcycles. Vehicle prices vary from a few thousand dollars well into six figures.
Feb. 25, 26, 27, Palm Springs 50th Collector Car Auction at the Spa Resort Casino. More than 600 collectible cars, trucks and motorcycles to be auctioned. Auction admission, Friday night free. One day pass $10, two days $15. For details, www.classic-carauction.com or call 760 320-3290.
Singer Trini Lopez with his 1966 Rolls Royce and Keith McCormick
About Trini Lopez
Lopez was born in Dallas, Texas, on Ashland Street in the “Little Mexico” neighborhood. He began his singing career at the Vegas Club in Dallas, owned by Jack Ruby, (who later was convicted murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated of President John F. Kennedy.)
At one time, performing in England, the Beetles was his opening act.
He scored thirteen chart singles through 1968, including “Lemon Tree” (1965), “I’m Comin’ Home, Cindy” (1966) and “Sally Was a Good Old Girl” (1968). On the adult contemporary chart, he ranked up 15 hits, including the Top 10 singles “Michael” (1964), “Gonna Get Along Without Ya’ Now” (1967) and “The Bramble Bush” (1967). Beyond his success on record, he became one of the country’s top nightclub performers of that era, regularly headlining in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This fall’s event featured a wide array of classic and collectable vehicles from a very desirable 1960 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible, a gorgeous, one owner 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback all the way to a special construction Munster Koach just like one seen on the hit tv series “The Munsters”.
Also, for the first time in history, 12 month power train warrantys were offered on qualifying vehicles which eased the minds of unsure bidders.
All in all a total of 464 cars crossed the block with 276 going to new homes and a sales total of $4,127,996
Noteable sales include:
Lot 370 1967 Austin Healer BJ8…Sold $52,500
Lot 404 1960 Plymouth Sport Fury Conv…Sold $48,300
Lot 159 1957 Ford T Bird…Sold $39,637
Lot 361 1965 Ford Mustang fastback…Sold $35,700
Lot 118 1959 Austin Healey $71,925
For the first time in many years conducting collector car auctions in sunny Palm Springs, California the McCormick family experienced a rainy, stormy Saturday from 6am throughout the evening. The gloomy skies did not dampen the sales or restrict the large crowd on hand.
Total Cars Across The Block 494
Total Cars Sold 279
Total Receipts $4,817,295
Some notable sales include:
Lot 127 1970 Plymouth Cuda 440 $60,375
Lot 161 1968 Shelby GT500kr $94,500
Lot 172 1976 Batmobile $82,950
Lot 264 1971 Mercedes 3.5 Cab $105,000
Lot 406 1970 Boss 302 Mustang $73,500
(Source: McCormick Auction Press Release)
This year McCormick’s 47th Palm Springs Fall Auction will once again take place at the Downtown Palm Springs Spa Resort Casino on November 20th, 21st & 22nd 2009. There will be over 500 Cars crossing the block over the three day event surrounded by the gorgeous San Jacinto mountains and 80 degree sunshine. Among this years entries are a California born & raised 1968 Shelby GT350. The car has just undergone a 3 year rotisserie restoration to concourse standards. The car includes Deluxe Marti Report & build sheet. Another interesting entry is a 1960 Ferrari California Spyder recreation like seen in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auction is well know for having a wide range of vehicles and prices for everybodys budget. There will also be many cars listed “no reserve” including one collectors 9 car collection Friday Night.
Visit www.classic-carauction.com for information on this great event.