While the annual Monterey Car Week auctions and events have wrapped up with a new all-time record sale total, the beat and bids go on with a new auction presented by Punta Gorda, Florida-based Premier Auction Group. Slated for Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd, Premier’s new Savannah, Georgia auction will offer up many collector-car greats, along with some fascinating surprises that we’ve never seen at auction before.
So far, 280 collector vehicles are posted to the auction website (Auction Cars | Premier Auction (premierauctiongroup.com), plus a nice selection of collectibles and 1970s/80s Honda minibikes. Name your preference, and you’ll surely find choice examples on the auction lineup, from 1950s-80s classics, European sports/GT cars, American muscle cars, and cool show-worthy custom rides.
With 280 vehicles posted online and more yet to come, there’s virtually something for every enthusiast or collector to choose from. Here’s a sampling of our first picks from Premier’s online auction docket:
Finished in Arcadian Blue over the high-end optional Blue and White “Pony” interior, this 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible is a true sporting icon, offered in virtual showroom condition and benefiting handsomely from a complete restoration finished in 2003. According to the auction details, the Mustang has won every show it has entered, with accolades including AACA Senior National and Grand National First Place honors. Powered by an all-original drivetrain comprising a 289 CI A-Code V-8 engine/4-speed manual transmission, the Mustang sports whitewall tires on styled steel wheels and sounds great with dual exhaust. With only 13,000 miles traveled since restoration, this very fine Mustang is stated to have been driven only off and on its trailer for shows since 1994.
A true GT-equipped example, this 1966 Ford Mustang GT Coupe features a striking Emberglo exterior finish over an Emberglo and White “Pony” interior. According to the auction website, the Mustang was sold new in Charlotte, North Carolina, and remained there until it was purchased for restoration in 1979. Powered by an A Code 289 V-8 engine with an automatic transmission, it rides on styled steel wheels with period-style red line tires and retains the entirely original drivetrain – even the carburetor and remains in immaculate, virtual showroom condition. Reportedly the winner of every show entered, the Mustang has earned National, Senior National, and Grand National honors in AACA judging. Only driven on and off of its trailer for shows since 1994, this Mustang is a collector-grade find.
The Fox-body Mustang was a runaway success for Ford Motor Company, serving as the right car at the right time with a wide variety of available power teams, affordable base pricing, and a long list of factory options to choose from – the success formula that made the 1960s cars such huge sellers. The Fox Mustang continues to deliver outstanding performance today and I challenge anyone who finds the 225 horsepower, high-performance 302 V-8 engine of the 1988-93 cars laughable by today’s standards to drive one 10/10ths – these cars are thrilling to drive with more than enough performance to enjoy. Those who liked or owned them when new are actively seeking quality examples to enjoy and starting to drive prices higher. Premier has two examples on the first web page for the Savannah auction and likely more to be seen on a deeper dive of the cars on offer. The first is a 1990 5.0-liter/automatic convertible in understated LX trim, with 40,268 miles, in nice condition. The second is a 1989 Mustang GT convertible in Silver, listed with 69,465 miles and featuring Saleen-style side stripes up front and later-model SVT chrome 5-spoke wheels that look just right.
Having been a child of the 1970s, I’ve always loved GM’s full-size models of the era. This pairing represents the higher end of the Pontiac and Chevrolet model lines of the early 1970s and features potent V-8 power – 455 cubes for the Poncho and a 400 CI small-block for the Chevy. Both are impeccably original in presentation and include A/C, power brakes and steering, handsome period colors and very inviting interiors. the Pontiac is listed with just 43,647 actual miles and the Impala is offered with just 34,700 miles.
Several bidding options are available for this auction, including bidding via telephone and Proxibid. Gates open on September 2nd and 3rd at 9 AM, with the auction starting at 9:45 AM each day. It’s definitely worth attending in person to experience everything first-hand, but with several ways to bid, there’s no reason to miss this exciting auction event wherever you are! For more details and the latest auction offerings, see Auction Cars | Premier Auction (premierauctiongroup.com) or call 844-593-7355.