One of the cooler vehicles offered was Ghia Focus Concept. It's beautifully artistic inside and out, and I was able to sit in the passenger front seat to admire it properly. I just heard from C a little while ago that it was the highest lot at the auction, and it finally went for precisely $1,000,000. Too cool! The picture on the right is a photo C took of the interior.
One of the other "cars" that I thought was really nice looking was the Ghia Via Concept. It was a shiny purple car, with a dark gray leather interior with teal stripes. I'm not really a car person, but this one was just really pretty. I would love my car to look like that...I would drive it everywhere...we would grow old together and live happily ever after. Unfortunately it was a "platform-only" model, which means it was never built to run, just sit on a platform and be admired. It has no engine or anything - it's not really a car at all, just a big beautiful toy.
I watched the first half-hour of the auction this afternoon, then had to go skate. C stayed for the whole thing though, as he was an actual "bidder" (not just a lowly "guest" like me). He bid on several items, but was outbid. Lots of stuff shot up really high, and when I left I was thinking that it was hopeless, that there was no way he'd find something within his price range since everybody was bidding things up so high. However, I was wrong! He got quite a nice deal on the Ghia Microsport Concept! It's a charmingly tiny car, small enough that it would fit comfortably in his livingroom. I've been pushing him to use it as a really cute coffee table, but he says it's a collectors item and is being stored in a fancy garage. I guess that'll work too. This is an actual working vehicle with an engine, so hopefully he'll even get it up and running someday!
Oh, I also got to admire and sit in a fully functional, brand new, Model T Ford! This wasn't up for auction, just on display. It's a replica, made exactly like the original, to the most minute detail, except it was built just a year ago or something, in celebration of Ford's centennial coming up.