Every February, a trio of airplane hangars comes to life at the SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland. The event, a two-day classic and collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions, hosts 400-plus pieces of automotive history along with buyers, sellers and a hard-working staff. The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, slated for Feb. 19-20, is a means to connect buyers and sellers.

The auction runs the gambit of production and history, so it’s only fitting that it returns to SUN ’n FUN following a most historic year. In February 2020, Carlisle Auctions topped the $4 million sales mark as part of its Winter AutoFest offering some 10 months ago. The excitement starts at 10:30 a.m. daily on both days. There are three ways to bid and buy too, in-person, on the phone and all new online. 

2021 auction highlights include the aforementioned 400+ consignments, plus an all-truck hour planned for a time slot TBA on Friday. There’s also a handful of resto mods, which should be some of the higher bid consignments too.

For the February 2021 auction, there will be some modifications due to COVID. In compliance with CDC suggestions and state of Florida regulations, Carlisle Auctions will offer added hand washing stations, hand sanitizing options, encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Online bidding has commenced and will run throughout the auction. For details on buying or selling with Carlisle Auctions in Lakeland or any other event on the 2021 auction schedule, health safety measures and more, visit or call (717) 960-6400.

Finally, the auction and the annual Air & Coach Concours display are the only parts of the originally scheduled Winter AutoFest Lakeland 2021 event that will take place. The Winter AutoFest has been canceled. The automotive flea market, car corral, car show elements and more will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever.