Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh
If you’ve ever watched the auto auctions on Discovery Channel, this was just like that. Except without the TV cameras. It’s loud and it smells faintly of car exhaust. Because I didn’t have a bidder’s badge, and I wasn’t sitting in the reserved bidder section, I didn’t have to worry about any stray gestures or twitches or nose scratches on my part resulting in the purchase of a classic car I couldn’t afford.
I spent a couple of hours wandering through the two large buildings at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh, and here are fourteen cars, out of the dozens and dozens on display, that interested me for various reasons, and brief descriptions.
1956 Ford Thunderbird, black with removable hardtop
1956 Ford Sunliner convertible, black with red and white interior
1947 Cadillac Sedanette in black
1942 Packard 160 Super 8 Series 1903 in deep navy blue
1926 Ford Model T Touring Car in charcoal metallic and silver metallic
1977 Chrysler Cordoba convertible in pale yellow with butterscotch interior (of “Fine Corinthian Leather?”)
1966 Ford Mustang convertible in deep metallic maroon
1955 Buick Roadmaster 4-door in green (we had one of these when I was growing up)
1954 Kaiser Early Special (leftover 1953) in jade over cream, one of only 18 still around
1948 Hudson Commodore in deep maroon and black
1956 Nash Ambassador Custom in robins-egg blue and dark teal with a white top
1955 Hudson Hollywood Hornet with deep navy roof over navy and sky blue
1957 Ford Ranchero in persimmon and white
1961 Studebaker Hawk with V-8 and 4-on-the-floor (original sticker says $3152.72)
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