The company’s back-to-back Automobilia and Petroliana and Automobile sales events will offer car enthusiasts two full days of the highest quality and most exciting category selections in memory.
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is excited to announce these two can’t miss sales events: their Premier Automobilia and Petroliana sale on October 2nd and 3rd and their Premier Automobiles sale on October 3rd. All lots from the Automobilia and Petroliana sale are on display in Morphy’s Denver, Pennsylvania auction gallery and available for preview now; please call Morphy’s directly at 717-335-3435 to schedule your preview for the Automobile sale today.
The Automobile sale on October 3rd offers what can only be described as the “dream dozen;” twelve extraordinary, prestigious, and highly revered cars most certainly on the bucket list of most automobile enthusiasts. Models from 1914 through 2003 are on offer – many in extraordinary condition.
Good things come in threes when it comes to the breathtaking examples of Ford vehicles in this sale. The first is lot #3, a 1956 colonial white Ford Thunderbird, estimated at $45,000-60,000. This spectacular example of a first generation Thunderbird is has won numerous awards, including the national Antique Automobile Club of America honors at Hershey. With less than 80,000 miles, this 312 V8-powered ‘Bird is complemented with a handsome black-and-white interior. The second is lot #10, a metallic grey 1968 Mustang “Eleanor,” estimated at $100,000-125,000. Built by the storied Cinema Vehicle Services company and autographed by leading man Nicholas Cage, this automobile was manufactured using the molds from 2000’s Gone In 60 Seconds star car. This “hot ticket” feature a 347 Stroker engine that produces a reported 430 horsepower, a motor supported by Edelbrock fuel injection, 5-speed Tremec transmission, rack-and-pinion steering, and 4-wheel disc Wilwood brakes behind 17” aluminum racing wheels. And third, sharing the pole position, is lot #12, a 1968, lime-gold colored Ford Mustang convertible, estimated at $25,000-40,000. This turnkey “pony” shows its original paint, interior, and testimony to what makes 1960’s Mustangs so great. It has been driven less than 20,500 miles, includes many power and style options, and roars to life with a 4-barrel 302 cubic inch engine with automatic transmissions.
Corvettes by Chevrolet also make an all-American appearance in this world-class sales event. It’s easy to break out in song over lot #11, a little red 1962 Corvette, estimated at $80,000-100,000. This princely roadster features a 4-speed transmission, driver quality paint, a hard and soft-top, and only 24,000 miles. Lot #8, a 1958 snowcrest white Corvette, should generate a blizzard of interest with its $80,000-100,000 estimate. It features complementing blue vinyl upholstery and iconic silver coves, a rare Powerglide automatic transmission, a 230 horsepower single carbureted motor, and just over 4,500 miles. And it’s easy to get pumped up over lot #1, a 1965 goldwood yellow Corvette “Fuelie”, which is estimated at $90,000-120,000. Possibly the only of its kind on the market, this remarkable, fuel injected convertible features a 327 cubic inch, 375 horsepower engine, 4-speed transmission, a telescopic steering wheel, factory correct side-pipes, a matching hardtop (along with soft-top), and only 31,500 miles.
Cars by European manufacturers add a touch of foreign intrigue to this sale. Lot #6, a white 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Slantnose (505) Cabriolet, owns the Autobahn with its $250,000-300,000 estimate. This stellar example, in its original state, is a factory 930 model and is one of the most coveted 930’s on the planet. Remarkably, it has been driven just over 10,000 miles. Also representing Germany in this sale is lot #7, an ivory 1961 Mercedes Benz 190SL, estimated at $100,000-120,000. This 4 speed, manual transmission roadster spent most of the last three decades in conditioned garage storage. This fast-appreciating investment model includes its original brown leather upholstery and factory removable hardtop, and has 73,240 miles on it. And, it wouldn’t be a world class sale without representation from Italy. So please start your engines for lot #9, a 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello, estimated at $150,000-200,000. This front-engine exotic presents as it did on the showroom floor and is finished in Rosso Corsa red with a camel leather interior. The car is optioned with a Magneti Marelli-manufactured semi-automatic transmission and is the king of the road with its 5.7 liter V12, 508 horsepower engine. The car features extensive manuals, its original radio, and just over 7,000 miles.
And for those car collectors who prefer their ride have a distinctly old fashioned look and feel, this sale’s three “sexy senior citizens” should really get engines revving. The first is lot #5, a 1914 National 6-W Roadster, believed to be one of just two surviving examples in existence and previously part of the Harrah’s collection. It is estimated at $130,000-175,000. The second is lot #2, a gorgeous and fully restored 1934 Ford D-Lux Roadster, built with an “all Henry Ford steel” body, fenders, and hood and a V8 3-speed manual transmission. It is estimated at $70,000 -90,000. And the third is lot #4, 1932 Packard 902 5 passenger 2 door sedan coupe, which retains its original blue and black paint and interior, and features distinctive dual side mounted spare tires and a Startix systems starter, introduced on early 1930s luxury cars. It is estimated at $40,000-60,000.
Morphy’s Premier Automobilia and Petroliana auction on October 2nd and 3rd follows closely on the heels of the sale of the Kyle Moore collection. Over several sales events, Moore’s remarkable assembly realized $16 million at auction.
Like the previous Moore sales, October’s Automobilia and Petroliana sale also features world-class signs, pumps, globes, and other garage related collectibles. With almost 1,300 fine lots on offer, collectors at every level will find a treasure – or two – that will put them in the driver’s seat. High beam headlights include lot #996, a sterling silver 1911 Grand Prix des Voitures Legeres trophy estimated at $50,000-100,000; lot #906, a Kelly Tires “Lotta Miles” porcelain sign estimated at $40,000-60,000; lot #974, Old Trusty Gas Bell Quality globe lenses, estimated at $3,000-5,000; and lot #111, a G&B #176 five-gallon visible gas pump, estimated at $3,000-5,000. According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “We are thrilled to be able to offer our automobilia, petroliana, and automobile collectors two solid back to back days of the best buying opportunities in these category specialties. We’ve timed these sales to complement the activities going on with the Hershey 2016 AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet in Pennsylvania, and do hope that many folks who will attend that event will check out our sales just a few days prior. Last year, Morphy’s sold a one-of-a-kind Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe with full provenance for $2,530,000 at our fall automobile auction. So needless to say, we’re all very excited about this upcoming car sale!”
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