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Hemi Coronet, Triumph 2000 and Bentley top sales at Novi auction

Thu, 02 May 2013

A 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Hemi convertible was the top seller at the second annual Novi Metro Detroit Spring Classic Car Auction on April 27. It crossed the block, which was commandeered by Hagerty.

A 1940 Ford V8 Deluxe convertible was second, selling for $37,800. Next were a 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster ($36,720); a 1998 Bentley Brooklands Turbo ($36,720); and a 2000 Plymouth Prowler for $32,400.

A group of memorabilia also sold, including oil-company signs, neon lights, toys, models and other collectables.

“This will be the second year we've held our Classic Motorcar Auction in Novi, and as a continuation of a major classic auto-auction event that dates back more than 15 years, this event has truly become a Motor City tradition,” said Bob Lichty, president, Classic Motorcar Auctions.

Lichty founded Classic Motorcar Auctions LLC about three years ago when he realized he was too much of a car nut not to do it for a living. He started the company after stints at Carlisle, Blackhawk and Kruse auction houses. He also owns Motorcar Portfolio LLC, a classic-car dealership in Canton, Ohio.

Other impressive lots over the weekend included a 1971 Olds 442 Convertible, a 1965 Chrysler Crown Imperial, 1964 Studebaker Hawk and a 1987 Ford McLaren Mustang.

By Jake Lingeman