Annual fall auction returns with new name, same traditions

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Traditional Labor Day weekend events will send thousands of people to Auburn to check out annual events celebrating the automobile.

Among the events bringing people to northeast Indiana from around the country, and beyond, the Fall Classic Auction, presented by RM-Sotheby’s.

750 automobiles have been cleaned up and will be brought through the auction block from Thursday to Sunday.

One car, a rather plain looking car, may garner the most eyeballs and a whole lot of money.

“If you or I drove that car, it would barley qualify as car,” Car Specialist Ramsey Potts enthusiastically explained. “But instead, it’s prior owner was Pope John Paul II.”

The 1976 Ford Escort was put away, kept stored at the Vatican during his time there. It was the last car he owned and it should fetch somewhere around $200,000.

There are other gems, like a 2006 Ford GT with less than five miles on it.

A 1929 Auburn will draw some eyes with it’s boat shape. Fit for the weekend Cords and Duesenbergs will be featured as well.

“I think it is not necessarily an inappropriate term, I know it might be a cliche, but they are rolling works of art. I certainly feel that way,” Potts said.

While RM is a new name on the signage, it’s the same team that has been hosting the event for the past several years. The team has been focusing on creating a family friendly atmosphere at the auction grounds with events all weekend not necessarily focused on cars.

“We want the whole family to come down and enjoy the weekend,” Potts added. “Take it all in. Even if you’re not a bidder, I’m convinced, this is my opinion but I think I can back it up. This is the best car show in all of middle America.”

For more information on the annual auction, visit the RM website here: https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AF18

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