April 25, 2013 (BRANSON, MO)-Branson Auction had more than their share of superstar cars crossing the auction block this year and enjoyed a high sell rate for vehicles of all types.
According to Jim Cox, owner of Branson Auction, this spring’s sell rate of 62% was very favorable in light of the still fluid economic conditions. “We handle all ranges of cars and that probably accounts for that rate,” said Cox.
The Batmobile, otherwise known as the Gotham Cruiser, cruised over the block bringing in a handsome sales price of $172,800. “We were hoping for $200,000, but we’re great with this,” said co-owner Brian Roman.
The 1950 Mark V Drophead Jaguar almost missed the auction until Cox pulled one of his famous rescue stunts. “The owner called and said he wouldn’t be able to bring the car because the clutch went out. I told him in 8 hours my driver would be there with a trailer and before the auction began we would have that hard-to-find part flown in by airplane and installed in the vehicle.” Cox and his shop crew made good on the promise. The Jaguar edged up to nearly $72,500 before the hammer came down. “I think he was pleased,” said Cox about the Jag’s owner.
The 1968 GT500 Eleanor Tribute, a last minute consignment, brought $91,800. The car Vin Diesel drove in Fast and Furious, a 1968 Shelby GT 500, busted 6 figures at $107,000.
On the other end of the spectrum a 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle barely stung the high bidder for a light-weight $2,808.00. A 1983 Cadillac Eldorado found a new home for just under $2,500.
Some cars went back home on trailers not meeting the needs or expectations of collector car bidders, which, according to Jim Cox is why the fall sale is already filling consignment spots.
Branson Auction will present the Fall 2013 event October 18 and 19 and Branson Hilton Convention Center.
More information about Branson Auction can be found at www.bransonauction.com