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News Release: Cleveland Auto Show Hosts First Ever Auction
January 21, 2015

News Release: Cleveland Auto Show Hosts First Ever Auction




Sara Panza
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association


Cleveland Auto Show to Host its First Ever
Rubber City Classic Car Auction


Cleveland, OH (January 21, 2015) – The Cleveland Auto Show has invited Rubber City Classic to hold a Classic Car auction, which will be held in conjunction with the show’s popular Classic Car Competition. A fan favorite that runs throughout the Cleveland Auto Show’s nine-day run, the Classic Car Competition will culminate in an awards ceremony on Saturday March 14. The Rubber City Classic Car Auction will follow the Classic Car Competition’s awards ceremony, which will start at 1 p.m. The auction is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. the same day.


“Classic car auctions have grown in popularity over the last few years, especially with televised auctions from organizations like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the Cleveland Auto Show. “Even Cleveland Auto Show attendees who are not a part of the auction can watch the excitement, which will be in the South Hall of the I-X Center. Rubber City Classic Car Auction is the premier classic car auction house in Northeast Ohio, so we are really looking forward to an exciting event.”


Bidder registration will take place on-site in the West Entrance lobby of the I-X Center, which is the main entrance for the Cleveland Auto Show, the day of the auction. Registration costs $50, which includes two tickets to the Cleveland Auto Show as well as VIP seating for the Rubber City Classic Car Auction. The auction is expected to include 40 classic and vintage automobiles.


Now in its 17th year, the Classic Car Competition will have 90 vehicles on display, more than in years past. However, 40 of those vehicles will be a part of the auction, and therefore ineligible for an award from the Competition. Of the 50 eligible vehicles in the Classic Car Competition, one lucky winner will take home a $1,000 first prize as Best of Show, with five second-place finishers that will receive $200 each.


“While there will be more vehicles on display than ever before, we do have a limited amount of space because of the Rubber City Classic Car Auction,” says Karen Ford, manager of the Classic Car Competition. “So the vehicles we select to be in this year’s competition will be the very best.”


Vehicles already registered for the Classic Car Competition include a 1932 Hupmobile and a 1937 Hudson Terraplane Tudor.


“We will also have several classic Corvettes,” adds Ford.


Rubber City Classic Car Auction is currently accepting vehicles on consignment for the auction, but spaces are filling up fast.


“What a lot of people don’t realize is that Ohio is usually second in the nation right behind California in terms of the number of classic vehicle registrations,” says Heather Marks, who handles marketing and communications for Rubber City Classic Car Auction. “So we have an excellent selection of classic vehicles right here in Ohio. There’s no longer a need to go out of state for a quality classic car auction. Partnering with the Cleveland Auto Show has also meant offering consigners and bidders a lot of perks, like free parking including trailers!”


A few highlight vehicles already consigned to the auction include a 1930 Marmon, a 1946 Mercury Coupe and a 1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan. There is a $250 entry fee to place your car in the auction. Reserve commission is eight percent while no reserve absolute commission is five percent, says Marks.


Rubber City Classic Car Auction is backed by 41 years of automotive auction experience, with an award-winning auction and marketing team that helps owners remarket classic vehicles.


If you would like more information on the Rubber City Classic Car Auction please call 1-855-722-9630 or visit www.rubbercityclassic.com. If you would like more information on the Classic Car Competition, please contact Karen Ford at kford@gcada.org.


The Cleveland Auto Show runs from Saturday, March 7 through Sunday March 15 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free for the duration of the Show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.


The Cleveland Auto Show is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you would like more information on the Show, or to purchase e-tickets online with no convenience charges courtesy of Huntington Bank, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com and click on “Buy Tickets”.


Journalists looking to cover the show, or attend the Media Preview Day on Friday, March 6, should register for Media Credentials with the GCADA at the address above or call 440-746-1500.


About the Cleveland Auto Show 

The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com marks the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio. Featuring concept, pre-production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly one million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs, and more. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheClevelandAutoShow.


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