The chance to buy, sell or just admire classic Corvettes, Camaros and Trans Ams drew a large crowd Saturday in Richmond.
Car enthusiasts filled the buildings and parking lot of Interstate Equipment Sales on Exit 95. The tent that housed the auctioneer and televisions displaying the cars up for bid overflowed.
Some people were forced to park down the street, as the business’ lot, as well as a lot across the street, were filled.
People milled around the cars up for sale, opening hoods and trunks, peeking in windows and examining tires. The cars came in every color from fire-engine red to a vibrant orange to black.
Despite the crowd, sales started slowly. The first two cars up, one of which was a 1979 Corvette, did not meet their minimum bids.
Then a black 1955 Belvedere went for $5,000, and the bidders seemed to warm up. A little bit later, a 1964 Corvette Coupe brought more than $30,000.
While the bidding continued under the tent, Larry Stigers, of Frankfort, walked around checking out as many of the more than 50 cars up for sale as he could.
“I don’t think I can bid on anything,” he said. “The good ones are going to go for a lot of money.”
Stigers said he came to Richmond just for the auction.
He does not attend many live sales, but he watches quite a few on TV, he said.
Another prospective buyer who came from Michigan examined a couple of Corvettes. He said he planned to bid on them, but he was afraid he would not get one.
“The market is down but the prices are up, if you can figure that one out,” he said.
The auction, which began at 1 p.m., lasted about two-and-one half hours. Lyon and Son Sales Managers and Auctioneers coordinated the sale.
Kelly McKinney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.