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Mecum Auctions recently offered the private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy at an on-site auction in Jefferson, North Carolina, resulting in a strong overall sales total of $15 million, a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations. Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event, which was held June 26-30.
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Topping all sales was Vannoy’s automatic 1969 Dodge Daytona (Lot V24) with its 440 Magnum V-8 engine, which achieved a $231,000 sale. Reaching an amazing $209,000 and landing in the second seat in top sales was Vannoy’s 1941 Kenworth Fire Truck (Lot V44); one of just five produced, it was originally built by the United Airplane Manufacturing Co. on a 1940 Kenworth Chassis and today is the only known example remaining. Strong individual sale prices continued with a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot V25) bringing $203,500, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot V26) selling for $200,750 and a 1941 Dodge Power Wagon (Lot V78) bringing a total of $176,000, to name just a few.
Vannoy’s massive selection of Road Art was as well received as his cars, and prices reflected the bidding crowd’s enthusiasm with healthy numbers across the board. Top sales honors among Road Art offerings were claimed almost exclusively by Vannoy’s extensive selection of vintage gas pumps and pump islands. His 1920s Canadian Twin Visible Gas Pump (Lot K206) sold for an impressive $59,000, and his Sinclair Service Station Display (Lot K341) brought $47,200. Other top Road Art sales included a Sohio Gas Neon Rotating Sign Display (Lot K252) that sold for $48,380 and a Ford Double-Sided Porcelain Neon and A1 Pylon (Lot K394) that achieved a $42,480 sale.
The complete top 10 collector-car sales from the Eddie Vannoy museum collection auction include:
- 1969 Dodge Daytona (Lot V24) at $231,000
- 1941 Kenworth Fire Truck (Lot V44) at $209,000
- 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot V25) at $203,500
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot V26) at $200,750
- 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (Lot V6) at $187,000
- 1971 Plymouth Cuda Resto Mod (Lot V32) at $187,000
- 1941 Dodge Power Wagon (Lot V78) at $176,000
- 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Lot V28) at $143,000
- 1970 Buick GSX (Lot V4) at $140,800
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot V17) at $140,250
top 10 Road Art sales from the Eddie Vannoy museum collection auction include:
- Canadian Twin Visible Gas Pump (Lot K206) at $59,000
- Sohio Gas Neon Rotating Sign Display (Lot K252) at $48,380
- Sinclair Service Station Display (Lot K341) at $47,200
- Ford Double-Sided Porcelain Neon and A1 Pylon (Lot K394) at $42,480
- Antique Winchester Model 1873 Deluxe Rifle (Lot G41) at $41,300
- Texaco Service Station Gas Pump Island (Lot K294) at $40,120
- Sinclair Service Station Gas Pump Island (Lot K208) at $37,760
- Gulf Oil Service Station Gas Pump Island (Lot K190) at $36,580
- National A38 Flying A Service Station Gas Pump Island (Lot K260) at $35,400
- 1920s Wayne Roman Column Visible Gas Pump (Lot K340) at $35,400
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