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 Thunderbird, black with removable hardtop

1956 Ford Sunliner convertible, black with red and white interior

1956 Ford Sunliner convertible, black with red and white interior

1947 Cadillac Sedanette in black

1947 Cadillac Sedanette in black

1942 Packard 160 Super 8 Series 1903 in deep navy blue

1942 Packard 160 Super 8 Series 1903 in deep navy blue

1926 Ford Model T Touring Car in charcoal metallic and silver metallic

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?)

1977 Chrysler Cordoba convertible in pale yellow with butterscotch interior (of “Fine Corinthian Leather?”)

1966 Ford Mustang convertible in deep metallic maroon

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)

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

1954 Kaiser Early Special (leftover 1953) in jade over cream, one of only 18 still around

1948 Hudson Commodore in deep maroon and black

1948 Hudson Commodore in deep maroon and black

1956 Nash Ambassador Custom in robins-egg blue and dark teal with a white top

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

1955 Hudson Hollywood Hornet with deep navy roof over navy and sky blue

1957 Ford Ranchero in persimmon and white

1957 Ford Ranchero in persimmon and white

1961 2 Studebaker Hawk with V-8 and 4-on-the-floor (original sticker says $3152.72)

1961 Studebaker Hawk with V-8 and 4-on-the-floor (original sticker says $3152.72)

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4 Comments

  1. Dale
    Jun 25, 2013

    I’ve looked into finding an older muscle car or something like one of the old pony cars to play with and fix up….like I have the time or the extra money. LOL There are some beautiful restorations around and those are fine examples.

    • Barry
      Jun 25, 2013

      I hear you about both the time and the money. Plus, there’d have to be an indoor place to store it.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Wendy
    Jun 30, 2013

    How beautiful! Fine autos are works of art. That 50s-era Thunderbird is one of my favorites. Also a big fan of the Jaguar XKE. Thanks for sharing such pretty pix.

    • Barry
      Jun 30, 2013

      And thank you for reading and commenting, Wendy!

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