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Old Car Heaven auction promises something for nearly everyone

Published in blog.hemmings.com

1941 Ford staff wagon, built in Canada for the British Army. Photos courtesy Tom Mack Auctions.

Located in the Southside neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, Old Car Heaven is an event space unlike any other. Boasting 80,000 square feet of floor space, with three bars and a professional stage setup, the facility is also home to roughly 100 classic cars, and on Saturday, December 2, Tom Mack Auctions will host a court-ordered sale to liquidate 80 vehicles from the collection at no reserve.

The brainchild of attorney, accountant, and car collector Stewart Dudley, Old Car Heaven hosted everything from corporate events to weddings and concerts. Music videos were filmed onsite, and in 2010 there was talk about adding a film-and-television production facility to the premises to solicit new business. The cars – most of which are unrestored – formed the backdrop to such events and productions, staged as the mechanical sculpture their designers envisioned.

1932 Chrysler Imperial phaeton

1932 Chrysler Imperial phaeton.

After nearly a decade in operation, however, Old Car Heaven will be closing its doors at the end of 2017, which means its impressive automobile collection must be liquidated in a one-day, on-premises auction beginning at 11:00 a.m.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible.

For those seeking CCCA Full Classics, the offerings will include a 1938 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood convertible sedan, reportedly one of 53 built; a 1932 Chrysler Imperial phaeton; and a 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria. For later luxury models, the list includes a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible and a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith.

1955 Chrysler C-300

1955 Chrysler C 300 “C“.

Those seeking a blend of performance and luxury won’t be disappointed, either, as lots include a 1955 Chrysler C 300 “C; a 1959 Chrysler 300E; a 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible; a 1962 Chrysler 300H convertible; and a 1963 Facel-Vega III Facellia roadster. Want something a bit wilder? How about a 1989 Jaguar XJS powered by a Viper V-10?

1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup

1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup.

For truck and wagon lovers, the sale will feature a 1954 Chevrolet 3100 five-window pickup; a 1937 Dodge half-ton pickup; a 1957 Dodge Spectator Royal station wagon; a 1941 Ford staff wagon, built in Canada for the British Army; a 1937 Plymouth sedan delivery roller; a 1958 Plymouth Suburban station wagon; and a 1957 Plymouth Custom Suburban wagon.

While the majority of the cars in the collection are unrestored, per Tom Mack, five are former AACA National winners. In his words, all the vehicles are, “shop worn from sitting,” and “in need of a little love,” but some likely need little more than a new battery, a fresh tank of gas and a good detailing to restore to show condition. Others are works in progress, which broadens the scope of pricing that bidders will see.

1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria

1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria.

Previews will be held on November 20 and 21 by appointment only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and all day on Friday, December 1, no appointment needed. For those who can’t be in Birmingham on December 2, the auction company will offer phone bidding and online bidding via partner Proxibid. Once sold, all vehicles must be removed from the premises by Tuesday, December 5, though Tom advises local storage is available for those needing more time to arrange transport.

For additional details, or to view the 80 vehicles crossing the block next month, visit TomMackClassics.com.