Auctions America Shows First Lady Eisenhower’s Sweet ’55 Caddy

For serious automobile collectors, it’s a car auction not to be missed.

For anybody with $20, it’s a once-in-a -lifetime pop-up car show featuring two genuine pieces of four-wheeled American history.

Auctions America is headed to the Barkar Hangar event space at Santa Monica Airport this weekend with a diverse collection of early brass-ear automobiles, coach-built Euro classics, American custom cars, contemporary supercars and two elegant rides that used to park at the White House. Viewing begins today and sales happen Friday and Saturday.

Highlights of the show include the 1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine by Hess and Eisenhardt, offered Saturday, which served as both a parade vehicle and a means of general transport for Ike’s first lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower. With an estimated value of up to $150,000, the vehicle comes to Santa Monica from a collection in Europe with its original blue-gray upholstery.

Also in the line-up is one of three custom-built 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential Town Limousines, offered for sale Friday, which carried United States President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson and the families of Eleanor and Henry Ford II. With a body and paint restoration and a well-preserved original interior, the limousine is expected to sell for as much as $200,000 or more.

For those more into speed and flast, there’s also a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, 2004 Ferrari Enzo, a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster and a late-model Ferrari 512 TR Testerosa that looks like it came straight off the set of “Miami Vice.” Car values range from about $30,000 to $1 million or more.

Auctions America previously held its events in Burbank but headed west for larger, more high-profile digs.

“It’s a new venue for us,” says Auctions America car specialist Alexander Weaver. “We’re excited to be on the Westside — especially in such a great, prestigious location.”

— Michael Reyes

The auction is open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, and will open for bidding at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Barker Hangar is at 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. A weekend pass costs $20. To register to view the cars and bid, visit