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McCormick’s Palm Springs auction has glitter without glam – Auction This Weekend

McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction this weekend is a family-run event held twice a year. It is somewhat low-key because it doesn’t get the TV-glam attention as a Barrett-Jackson big-top blowout nor does it get the stratospherically expensive cars.

Most of the vehicles are sourced from Arizona and Southern California and it is not uncommon to find several “Palm Springs Barn Finds,” said spokesman Alex Fedorak.


“We get cars that have been (in Palm Springs) since the ’50s and ’60s, just sitting,” he said. “Cars with original interior and paint with 20,000 miles are not uncommon.”

More than 500 vehicles are registered for the three days – 120 vehicles this afternoon ((Friday)), 225 tomorrow ((Saturday)) and 175 Sunday. Bidding, $30, starts at 3 p.m. today ((Friday night)), with free admittance to just check out the vehicles. Tomorrow’s preview begins at 8 a.m. with bidding at 10 a.m. 20 cars will be moved across the block in an hour.

Typical hammer prices range from $2,000 to $200,000, Fedorak said. “But $2,000 can snag a pristine Triumph or early ’60s American iron,” he said. “We see a lot of convertibles and even a lot of Lincoln convertibles. The last auction had a Rolls- Royce go through for less than $10,000.”

The buyer’s fee is low at 5 percent of the selling price. Transactions also include a $40 documentation fee.

Desirable entries this weekend include a 1954 Corvette, 1957 Cadillac Eldorable Biarritz and 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible. There are also will be a gaggle of customs and some late-model muscle. View the list online.

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