HAMPTON, N.H. – Two extraordinary collector cars from the Michael Dingman Collection that were sold by RM Auctions on June 24 were purchased through LiveAuctioneers. A rare 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr convertible sedan sold for $114,000, followed by a unique 1932 Ford “High Boy” roadster that topped out at $68,400.
The late Michael Dingman was a longtime Ford Motor Co. director and one of the most important Ford collectors of modern times. The collection was composed of 37 automobiles, complemented by an array of original neon and tin signs, petroliana and collectibles from the 20th century. Bidders utilizing the LiveAuctioneers Internet bidding platform also prevailed on many of the advertising signs and related collectibles, which sold on June 23.
The black 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr convertible sedan (above) was one of only 302 built that year. Michael Dingman purchased this convertible sedan from Sheldon Gomberg of Los Angeles, California, in 2002. It was then consigned to Kevin Westmoreland’s Performance Restoration to be completely rebuilt—an exhaustive process that totaled over $215,000.
Described as the ultimate hot rod, the 1932 Ford “High Boy” roadster (below) was built by the noted Longley Restorations using the best vintage components. It was powered by a rare Ardun-head V-8 built by George Kubis and came documented with historical and technical records.
LiveAuctioneers bidders also had their eyes on the top neon signs in the auction. A desirable “OK Used Cars” neon sign, of a type that was once a fixture at Chevrolet dealerships across the nation, sold for $12,300 (all prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium). This double-sided flashing neon sign measured 56 by 75 inches and had a double “bullnose.”
Blatz, “Milwaukee’s Finest Beer,” is recalled in an 8-foot-wide neon sign that was manufactured by the Artkraft company of Lima, Ohio, which sold for $9,225 through LiveAuctioneers.
A Sunshine Dairy Milk/Ice Cream sign, which was manufactured as a flat porcelain sign, had neon lights added at a later day. This single-sided sign, 33 by 60 inches, sold for $4,920.
Probably restored, a Pepsi-Cola chest-type coin-operated vendor manufactured by General Electric sold through LiveAuctioneers for $3,529.
Among the non-neon signs selling to LiveAuctioneers bidders was an oval double-sided porcelain sign for Cooper Tires, which rolled to $1,353.
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