Summer Winds Resort Services has been a main sponsor of the Branson Auction for the better part of the last decade, and that trend continued with the spring auction that took place on April 15 and 16.
Along with their sponsorship, Summer Winds also donated a pontoon boat that was auctioned off for charity. The money collected by the auction went to the Vintage Car Rally Association (VCRA), a large supporter in the fight against autism in the Branson area. The VCRA holds many charitable events throughout the year, with perhaps their biggest being the “All Stars for Autism” car rally that has been a major event in the area for the past 10 years.
Various other items were auctioned off throughout the event to benefit VCRA and their fight against autism. Those items included a 1997 Cadillac, cigars from Branson Cigar Company, airline tickets from the Branson Airport and rounds of golf from Ledgestone Country Club. Kathy Cox, owner of the Branson Auction, said they estimated over $20,000 was raised for the charity.
The Branson Auction was held at the Branson Convention Center in the historic downtown area. There was a long list of cars auctioned off when the event started at noon on Friday, April 15. The most popular item was actually not a car, but a plane. The airplane, dubbed “De Plane,” from the television show “Fantasy Island,” was put up for auction by a private collector of rare automobiles and planes. The 1967 Grumman Widgeon garnered plenty of attention over the weekend and sold for $275,000.
Along with “De Plane,” other popular items auctioned off were a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SL and a 1932 Buick Street Rod. One of the oldest automobiles included in the spring auction catalog was a 1925 Chevrolet Superior Series K Touring. While a majority of the cars involved in the auction can be considered classic or antique, there were newer cars available to bid on as well. Some newer models included a 2006 Roush Mustang Convertible, a 2008 Shelby GT500KR and a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS RS.
Most cars that were available in the auction were well known in the automobile industry. However, there were a few unique items available for bidding as well. A 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Pickup and a 1963 Mercedes Benz Unimog were two interesting items on the catalog that caught the attention of a few collectors. There was also a 2011 Shelby-Felt Bicycle that intrigued serious bike collectors.
Summer Winds Resort Services is a proud sponsor of the Branson Auction, and was honored to be a part of such a charitable event. Auctions are held in the spring and fall of each year, and have been taking place at the Branson Convention Center since the event center opened in August of 2007.
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