Friday, December 6, 2019

Huge Variety of Classic Cars Needed 250 Shipping Containers to Reach Auction House

Sighs of Relief as Multi Million Portfolio of Vehicles Arrive Safely
Shipping News Feature

US – CANADA – SAUDI ARABIA – There must have been a huge sigh of relief recently in the offices of Cosdel International Transportation, a Rock-it Cargo company, when the last batch of 447 high end vehicles, successfully transported to Riyadh over the past few months, arrived safely.

The shipments, which required 250 containers, began their voyages in September for sale at auction and direct purchase at The Riyadh Auction and Salon, and the insured value of all the vehicles came to a staggering $122 million!

The event was held under the auspices of the Vision 2030 program and by directive from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and all the boxes discharged in Jeddah before being trucked to Riyadh. The final vehicles arrived in Riyadh on 20th November, just days before the event. Cosdel worked with Worldwide Auctioneers, Bonnier Corporation, Sela Sport, Kanoo and Touchstone Event Management to make this project possible and boss Martin Button, commented:

“Our team worked very hard to carry this project off successfully. Credit is rightly due to General Manager Sara Rider and our export coordinator Raleigh Gutierrez. Cosdel hired two temporary staff to assist with the documentation, one of whom has since been hired on as a full-time employee.”

The identity of the vehicle owners remained confidential, but a sampling of the age, manufacturers and models indicate the exclusive and diverse inventory assembled. With nearly 120 vehicles offered for auction, a short list included a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe, 1957 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible and a 1973 Maserati Ghibli.

The remaining vehicles offered for sale in the Salon contained what the sale brochure called: ‘A diverse and unique line-up of classics, pre-war, American muscle, custom, modified, off-road and supercars’. Vehicles offered for sale included a 1931 Cadillac 370A Convertible, a 2018 Audi R8 Spyder and several 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Airs. Paul J. Martins, President of Rock-it Cargo said:

“The great work by Martin, Sara, Raleigh and the entire team at Cosdel is just another example of the bespoke, critical large project logistics Rock-it Cargo and our six brands that make up the Rock-it family excel in providing customers throughout the world.

“Our customers in live entertainment, classic cars, fine arts, sports and large industrial projects turn to us to provide the ultimate peace of mind that the logistics required for their events will be handled from A-Z by the professionals of the Rock-it Cargo family of companies, ensuring their ultimate customers are well served.”

Photo: Two prospective punters eye up a Lamborghini Diablo.