On Nov. 28, bidders packed Garth’s 200-year-old barn to see who would cross the finish line and take home five prized automobiles. The competitive and determined bidding began right out of the box with a 1908 Ford Model “S” Runabout. Equipped with a 149-inch, 15 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, the sporty touring vehicle cost someone $750 in 1908. With several excited bidders in the room the hammer came down at $30,550.
As the snow came down, prices went up when the 1925 Kissel 8-75 Speedster went from a $10,000 opening bid to $73,437 in about 60 seconds flat.
Bidders in the room and on the Internet were committed to taking home the bright-yellow speedster which kept the prices rising. In 1925, Kissel started their production of the straight 8-cylinder engine making it an option to their 1925 model cars. This particular speedster showed an older restoration using parts from a 1927 Kissel sedan to complete a significant example with some expected imperfections.
An additional highlight of the sale included a 1924 Kissel 6-55 Coupe. Listed as rare with an unrestored exterior and believed to be one of the few in existence, it sold to an ecstatic buyer for $12,925.
Other top selling items of the day included a 1925 Ford Model T Touring which sold for $7,050. A collection of Kissel car parts which reached a hammer price of $3,172, against the pre-sale high estimate of $1,500. A Kissel 1925 Speedster straight eight engine sold for $3,172.50.
Commenting on the results of the morning sale, Jeff Jeffers, president of Garth’s said, “Bidding on the cars was interesting – particularly the Speedster and the Model S. They have a great look that appeals to not only car enthusiasts, but anyone who has an enthusiasm for the period. We saw a lot of cross-over interest from the art and antique community.”
For more information regarding this auction, call 740-362-4771 or visit www.garths.com.
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