The classic and collector car hobby is strong across the country, with each state and region having their own popular tastes. As Florida goes, it’s one of, if not the hot spot for all things autos. For two days, November 11-12, Carlisle Auctions and its brand of entertainment came together with enthusiasts within the Sunshine State for the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction.
This auction only event (no car show or swap meet) took place at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus and offered buyers, sellers, and even spectators the chance to mix and mingle not only amongst themselves, but with some of the coolest cars, trucks, and more that the region had to offer.
While the event faced its challenges, taking place just after Hurricane Nicole traversed a large portion of the state, it still hosted approximately 400 lots spanning automotive productive history. From the earliest consignment, a 1930 Ford Model A Custom, to more modern muscle, there was a little something for everyone in Lakeland. Options included classic, show-worthy daily drivers, practical trucks and SUVs for recreational usage, and even some white-glove, best of show gems. All told, the gallery was diverse and the participants, both in person and online were spirited.
Of the millions of dollars in sales, the Top 4 totaled $324,640. Each of those four lots sold on Saturday and were led by a 1962 Corvette ($93,960). In fact, Chevrolet as a whole dominated the Top 4, with a 1956 Bel Air ($82,080), 1960 Corvette ($75,600), and a 1969 Camaro ($73,000) rounding out the group of four.
“Thank you to all of our bidders and consignors that were a part of our Lakeland Fall Auction, especially those who participated despite the elements,” said Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “As this event concludes, so does our 2022 auction schedule. It was quite a successful year for us, both in Lakeland and in Carlisle,” continued Cline. “We can’t wait to return to Lakeland in February to jump-start our 2023 season and we hope you’ll join us!”
As Tony mentioned, Carlisle Auctions does return to Lakeland and the amazing SUN ‘n FUN facility in February. The Winter Lakeland Collector Car Auction takes place February 10-11 and starts at 10:30 a.m. each day. This is once again an auction only event. Truck lovers will want to be sure to circle February 10 on their calendar, as the all-truck hour returns at approximately 1:30 p.m. Carlisle Auctions is actively accepting consignments for the auction as well registering bidders. Call 717-960-6400 today to learn more or visit CarlisleAuctions.com to view results, check out still for sale lots, make plans for not only the February Florida offering, but for the rest of the 2023 auction schedule too.
Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of over a dozen annual collector car/truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes four automotive flea markets of varying size, four auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Chryslers, Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Trucks, and Imports. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com or w