NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A fully restored powder blue 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sped off for $82,600 in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana, Railroadiana & Advertising auction held on June 18. One hundred percent of lots sold, and 86 percent of the top 50 lots exceeded estimate. Overall, the auction grossed $628,674. All prices are given in Canadian dollars.
The Corvette was originally a New Mexico car and later purchased in Canada in 1979 by Joe Byway, whose collection headlined the auction. Byway stored the car until 1985 and then commissioned Dave Harrison to restore it. It was a meticulously maintained, rust-free car. Not all its numbers matched, but the car boasted a correct 283 c.i. 230 hp V8 engine.
The Joe Byway collection featured petroliana (gas station collectibles), railroadiana and advertising tins and signs. Some toys were also sold. “The top 50 lots met or exceeded our expectations, and the market for top-tier petroliana continues on an upward trajectory,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., adding, “All the vehicles sold at or above estimates.”
The vehicles he referred to included a 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe convertible sedan, an open-air car with rear doors and the original paint (except for the front fenders). The car was powered by the correct flathead V8 engine and the odometer showed just 10,175 miles. It earned $32,450.
A 1930s Canadian Eco-Meter 150 Clockface gasoline pump, painted to Shell colors and fitted with a reproduction globe, went to a determined bidder for $29,500. Also, a 1930s Canadian Service Station Equipment Clearvision double gasoline pump, having an older restoration to Sunoco colors, reproduction globes and one aluminum and one steel bonnet, went for $21,240.
A 1950s American General Motors double-sided porcelain sign reading “Pontiac, Buick, GM Truck,” consisting of six pieces (three sections per side) and boasting an atomic age design realized $23,600; and a 1930s Canadian double-sided porcelain Supertest gasoline service station sign, graded 8.75 on each side for condition, with scattered losses and chips, made $18,880.
A 1940s Canadian double-sided porcelain White Rose gasoline Slate Boy sign with the iconic Boy and Slate graphics, graded 8.75/8.5, found a new home for $23,600; while a 1930s Canadian single-sided porcelain Red Indian Motor Oil sign, graded 8.75, hit $24,780.
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