1957 Caddy is top-seller at Auctions America's Carlisle sale

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A 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible was top-seller at Auctions America's Carlisle sale when it went for $181,500 including premiums and taxes.

The company sold 256 classics on 3-4 October and raised nearly $3 million in sales, with the Caddy becoming the most valuable car ever sold by the RM offshoot.

The second priciest lot was a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette that came in at $104,500, while a 1963 model was some way behind at $76,000, just a couple of bids behind a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL ($79,200).

The vast majority of the cars sold, however, were good usable classics at bargain prices. A smart 1958 Chevy Bel Air looked great value at $8525 and we also liked a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 280C at $4400.

A 1963 Buick Riviera at $17,500 was tempting while a 1966 notchback Mustang was ripe for shipping to the UK at $5830 despite being an auto 'six'.

The C&SC team, naturally, was most drawn to the 1966 Chevrolet Cheetah handbuilt that sold for a little under $40,000. Powered by a small-block V8 driven through a four-speed Muncie, the 'continuation' car by Ruth Engineering modernises Bill Thomas' original concept with up-to-date components.

Auctions America president Donnie Gould said: "This year’s event saw our highest sales and best sell-through rate at Fall Carlisle, making it a great end to what has been an outstanding season for Auctions America. The Fall Carlisle results prove that the collector car hobby is alive and well. We look forward to continuing the momentum throughout our 2014 calendar of events."

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