Record $7.7m at McCormick’s Palm Springs

Keith McCormick’s November 21-23 Palm Spring Collector Car Auction shattered all previous sales records, grossing $7.7 million — the highest total in the company’s 28-year history. 428 cars sold during the three-day event. The auction set new attendance records as well.

“Counting Cars,” the History Channel T.V. series, filmed part of the auction with star Danny Koker bidding on cars. Koker’s father purchased several exotic cars in previous auctions years ago, including the flatbed truck used on the show today.

Another high point of the auction was the appearance of Henrik Fisker, legendary auto designer of the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z8, and other cars. He drove his own personal speedster, a highly modified 1972 Oldsmobile Toronado (pictured), through the auction tent. It sold for $30,450.

Other notable cars included a 2005 Mercedes SLR McLaren, which sold for $153,300; a 1956 Buick Road Master convertible, $76,125; a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, $74,025; a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $62,475; and a 1956 Volkswagen oval-window Beetle, $25,200.

The next auction is scheduled for February 20-22, 2015. Go to for more information.