February 26, 2020
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Owls Head auction draws car lovers from across the country

OWLS HEAD, Maine — David Elliott of Dallas was vacationing in the midcoast area this week when he read about the annual automobile auction at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

On the final day of his vacation, Elliott decided to add to his large car collection by buying two antique vehicles.

The 38th annual automobile auction attracted hundreds of bidders and vehicle enthusiasts. There were 201 vehicles up for sale at the event, with sales totaling $2,915,550 by the end of the auction.

During the morning, Elliott added a 1929 Ford A Cabriolet and a 1949 Studebaker Champion to his 250-vehicle collection. He was the successful bidder for the 1929 Ford for $21,000 and acquired the Studebaker with a winning bid of $7,500.

The Dallas man said this was the first time had been to the auction. He was vacationing on McGee Island, a private 110-acre island 3 miles off Port Clyde, when he read about the auction in an auto magazine.

He said many of his vehicles are at his Dallas ranch, while others are in a Dallas showroom or are on display in museums.

Elliott said he is always looking for unusual cars to add to his collection. His main reason for attending the auction, however, was a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 MK II convertible that was scheduled to be auctioned in the afternoon.

The Healey sold later in the day for $46,000, according to the museum. The identity of the buyer was not immediately available.

A four-speed 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GTE produced with a factory-equipped 428 Cobra Jet Ram air engine fetched the highest winning bid of the day at $228,800. This was one of only three such models ever produced.

A 1968 Shelby GT 500 sold for $137,500 and a 1933 Pierce-Arrow 1242 seven-passenger sedan was snagged with a winning bid of $115,500.

But many of the bidders came for more economical selections.

Stephen Smith of Swanville said this was his second year attending the auction. Last year, he came to sell a Jeep.

This year, however, he was looking to buy. He successfully got a 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck for $6,160. He said the price was really good.

Smith said he restores the vehicles, calling himself a backyard mechanic.

Derek Howard of Princeton said he came to the auction to buy the 1984 Mazda RX-7 Coupe, which he won for $2,860.

Howard said he plans to drive the vehicle for a while and then sell it.

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