The Dan Kruse Austin Hill Country Classic car auction topped $2.89 million in sales during the auction held on Saturday, September 15 in the Palmer Events Center. Car enthusiasts from a five-state area gathered to check out over 150 cars ranging from classics, customs, hot rods, muscle cars and more. This was the first year for the Hill Country Classic to be presented in Austin.

A 1933 Duesenberg was the highlight of the show, selling for $1.65 million. The extremely rare Model J “Queen of Diamonds” Franay Sports Berline Sedan was once owned by American socialite Countess Porceerei. Other top sellers were: a 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby selling for $156,600, a 1969 Chevrolet Indy Pace Car at $65,880 and a 1955 Chevrolet Corvette selling for $63,720, all with the buyer’s premium included.  For a complete list of the auction’s results, visit

“We had a fantastic turnout for the Austin Hill Country Classic,” stated Tedra Kruse, of Dan Kruse Classics. “Austin loves classic cars, and our attendance on Saturday proved it. This was the largest crowd we have ever had in the 38 years of conducting the Hill Country Classic. We are already looking forward to being in Austin next year.”

Dan Kruse Classics is a San Antonio-based auction house specializing in classic and vintage car auctions. In addition the Austin, they operate sales in Houston and San Antonio. Daniel J. Kruse is a third-generation auctioneer with over 40 years of experience. He has participated in converting billions of dollars in assets through live auctions.  Daniel has been recognized internationally for liquidating collector cars, homes and entertainment memorabilia as well as energy, construction and transportation equipment.  Along with his daughters, Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, every Dan Kruse auction is a family affair. For more information, visit them online at or at 866.495.8111.

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