Dragone Classic Cars Of Connecticut To Hold First Collector Car Auction

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  1. WESTPORT, Conn. (April 30, 2012) - Dragone Auctions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dragone Classic Cars, Inc., will hold its inaugural auction of important historic motorcars, automobilia and art in its gallery in Westport, Conn., on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Located in a popular car collectors’ haven just a 45-minute drive from New York City, Dragone Classic Cars is renowned as a purveyor of the finest motorcars in the world. Patriarch Peter Dragone began trading in classic cars in 1946, then introduced his sons Manny and George to the business, leading to the founding of Dragone Classic Cars in 1979. The Dragone family’s history spans 66 years of buying and selling classic cars for some of the world’s finest collector museums.

    "We’re very excited to offer some truly historic and fascinating cars to our clients all over the world," said Manny Dragone, President of Dragone Classic Cars. “The array of fine automobiles assembled for the event is truly an impressive list, but the auction holds something for everyone.” A full list of the cars slated to be auctioned may be found at www.dragoneclassic.com/auctions/vehicles.htm .

    One of the stars of the auction is a 1931 Murphy-bodied Duesenberg, which rides on an incredible 153.5-inch wheelbase. "It has been called the finest and most stylish classic car in the world by many collector car enthusiasts," added George Dragone, Vice President. This unique car is the former star of the Imperial Palace Auto Collection in Las Vegas and was previously owned by the famed Blackhawk Collection.

    Also offered is a rare 1954 Porsche Speedster with a pedigree that only a competition Porsche could have. It was purchased new and raced by sports-car racing legends Skip Hudson and Dan Gurney. The pair raced this car at some of America’s finest race tracks before it was sidelined and lost for over 40 years. It was discovered languishing under a tarp in Oregon and a full restoration was commissioned. Since then, the Speedster has been owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Mike Kettredge, founder of the Yankee Candle Company. It also was an honored guest at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours in 2006.

    Cars up for auction will also feature several muscle cars, including a rare 1970 Hemi Cuda that has been driven only 9,800 miles. Powered by a massive 426 cubic-inch Hemi V-8, the Cuda is fully capable of 425 horsepower. With only 652 examples of this car produced, it is one of the rarest and most powerful muscle cars ever built. "It is an untouched time capsule," said George Dragone.

    Scheduled to cross the auction block is a very rare 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. In its day, the Boss 429 was the most powerful Mustang ever built. Indeed, the very reason for the existence of the Boss 429 is that Ford was required to offer the car to the general public so that Ford could use the engine in NASCAR competition.

    Other treasures available for sale include a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle, complete with a factory-authentic sidecar, along with several "barn finds," such as a Healey Westland that has been in storage for over 50 years and a ready-to-be-restored 1932 Packard Standard Eight. Sports-car enthusiasts will be able to bid on a remarkable fully-restored 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale with body by Bertone, fitted with twin Weber carburetors.

    Also up for bid will be more than 100 pieces of automotive memorabilia. "This is an event that promises a little something for everyone in the collector car community," said Manny Dragone. "This auction is a natural extension of our business and we’re very proud of all the vehicles we have for this event."

    From: Judy Stropus

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