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Aero Cars Go To Auction at RM Sotheby’s

Ramsey Potts of RM Sotheby’s Auctions recently stopped by our collection to talk Aero Cars. He was very interested in the differences between the Talladega, the Spoiler II and the Spoiler. As most of you know, explaining these difference in a few words is impossible but having all three cars in front of him to point out the differences did help some.

Our talk also covered the ins and outs of the RM Sotheby’s auctions. If you have ever attended the Auburn auction in the Spring or Fall you will have certainly seen Ramsey. He is the fellow in the hat on stage who has something to say about every car on the block! He adds a lot of entertainment to the auction. He also is a seller’s auction representative for clients wishing to send a car off to auction.

I was very impressed with the level of support they offer to sellers. I also found his recommendations for selling a car at auction very helpful and educational. Katrina and I have attended several different auctions and did find the RM Sotheby’s Auburn Auction to be very comfortable and lower key them some of the high speed high pressure auctions seen on TV. The Auburn Auction also tends to favor cars we are more interested in.

1969 Ford Talladega owned by Ray Evernham

Our conversation eventually led to the September 2018 Fall Auction in Auburn and the trio of Aero Cars that will be on the block. Sotheby’s really believes in pre-auction marketing and letting potential bidders/buyers know what is coming. Obviously, they can not feature and do special marketing for every car crossing the auction block but they do highlight special cars. By heavily marketing rare and unusual cars the intent is to help entice more potential buyers to the auction thus arguably resulting in higher prices for the sellers.

As most of us know, selling a Ford product Aero Car at auction in the past has almost always resulted in some less than optimal prices for the seller. There have been some real bargains at these auctions and a lot of “bid goes on” cars.

1970 Plymouth Superbird owned by Ray Evernham.

The 2018 Fall Auburn RM Sothbey’s Auction will feature a 1969 Ford Talladega Lot 3085 pre-auction estimate of $45,000-$55,000; a 1970 Superbird Lot 3089 (440) pre-auction estimate of $100,000-$125,000 and a 1969 Dodge Charger 500 (440) Lot 3088 with a pre-action estimate of $65,000-$80,000. Please note that neither of the MOPARS are Hemi cars and all three cars will be selling virtually one after the other. The first to sell will be the Talladega, two other cars will sell then the Charger 500 and then the Superbird.

1969 Dodge Charger 500 also believed to be owned by Ray Evernham.

This makes for an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in Aero Cars to bid on one or all within a short time frame. It also gives us all the opportunity to see how three similar cars perform on the auction block with the same bidders in the room.

The Talladega and Superbird are from the former NASCAR Crew Chief and Car Owner Ray Evernham Collection. Although not stated, it is likely the Charger is also from the Evernham collection. Evernham also sold a Dan Gurney Spoiler at the Spring Auburn RM Sotheby’s Auction. I saw that car and we covered it here on this site. I would really have liked to see what would happen by comparison if he had listed the Gurney along with his other cars at the Fall Auction.

Regardless of the out come I applaud RM Sotheby’s Auctions for the amount of publicity they have given these cars prior to the Auction and I certainly hope it is a trend that will continue. I know I have seem them advertised on multiple occasions and even received an email about their appearance at the Fall Auburn sale.


TALLADEGA: $48,950

CHARGER 500: $77,800

SUPERBIRD: $173,250



Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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