1951 Ford convertible starts petroliana party at Miller & Miller, March 11
NEW HAMBURG, Canada – The Ford brand will take center stage in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana & Advertising auction planned for Saturday, March 11 and beginning at 9 am Eastern time. The likely top two lots in the 309-lot sale are a 1951 Ford convertible in Carnival Red, an excellent survivor car; and a scarce 1940s Canadian Ford Monarch porcelain dealer sign. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
The 1951 Ford convertible retains the original 239-cubic-inch flathead V8 engine with two-barrel carburetor and a three-speed manual transmission, with a Borg-Warner overdrive. Features include a deluxe radio and heater, rocker moldings, factory signals and spotlight, front bumper guard and backup light. It’s a mostly original low-mileage survivor with a straight-fitting body.
Professionally repainted in Carnival Red, the car also boasts the original interior, the original glass, the original (well-worn) convertible top, the original top boot and a professionally replaced rear window. The car has just 82,870 original miles on its odometer. It was built in Windsor, Ontario and spent years in Edmonton, in a salt-free environment. It drives well and is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.
The Canadian 1940s single-sided porcelain Ford Monarch dealer sign with bullnose ends carries an estimate of $12,000-$15,000. It would have originally been displayed with a second sign, identical to this one, attached back-to-back, creating a double-sided sign. The sign, 45 ¼ by 74 ½in, does exhibit patches of porcelain loss but has exceptional color and gloss.
Other lots of note include a Canadian 1940s White Rose Gasoline three-piece single-sided porcelain banner sign – the more difficult-to-find scaled-up version of the set, with the round center sign 48in in diameter (in contrast to the more typical 36in) and each of the banners 119 ½in long (as opposed to 94 ½in) – that has an estimate of $9,000-$12,000; while a Canadian 1950s North Star Gasoline double-sided porcelain service station sign, 71 ¼in in diameter, is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
Other strong highlights include a 1930s French Canadian single-sided porcelain sign for Molson’s Beer, described as a “hotel sign” with script in French that translates to “Here we serve Molson’s Beer.” It has great color and gloss, measures 23 ¼ by 48 ¼in, and is estimated at $6,000-$9,000. Also, an American Coca-Cola double-sided porcelain drug store sign, marked “Tenn Enamel Mfg. Nashville” and “Made in U.S.A. 1933” at the lower left and measuring 48 by 63in, is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
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The current rate of exchange is dollar CA 1 = 73 cents.
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