RM Auctions to sell Ford-powered Dingman Collection June 23-24

Restored 1951 Ford Custom Country Squire, a rare Canadian-delivery example from the last year of genuine Ford “woodies.” Estimate: $100,000-$120,000. RM Auctions image

BLENHEIM, Ontario – RM Auctions will present the Dingman Collection on June 23-24 in Hampton, New Hampshire. Offered entirely without reserve, the collection is composed of the remarkable cars and collectibles of the late Michael Dingman, a longtime Ford Motor Co. director and one of the most important Ford collectors of modern times. Totaling 750 lots, the collection is led by 37 automobiles, complemented by an array of original neon and tin signs, petroliana and collectibles from the Great American Century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Americana is ever-present within the Dingman Collection, including the authentic 1940s American diner known as the Silk City Diner (est. $300,000- $400,000, offered without reserve). The diner was fully restored over many years and comes complete with an extraordinary photographic history to go with its exceptional outfitting with top of the line equipment, and even an ingeniously attached separate kitchen built to the rear of the diner.

Restored Silk City Diner by Paterson Vehicle Co., which operated from 1952 until 1989 in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Estimate; $300,000-$400,000. RM Auctions image

Additional highlights of the auction include:

–  “The Chicago” Brunswick-style bar with stools and ephemera, built by the Weiss-Sontag Co. of Chicago and offered with an assortment of bar equipment (est. $50,000-$75,000, offered without reserve);

– Over 250 neon signs of extraordinary quality and originality, depicting everything from American automotive brands to food and beverage, in a variety of sizes—all exceptionally rare and desirable;

Ford V-8 neon sign, single-sided, 80 × 74 in. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. RM Auctions image

– Over 250 porcelain and metal signs, all original and exceptionally well preserved; and, hundreds of additional lots of memorabilia and spare automotive parts and equipment, from Roush-built engines to car lifts.

Ford Mercury neon sign, single-sided Meyers Outdoor Advertising, 55 × 84 in. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. RM Auctions image

The Dingman Collection’s offering also chronicles important moments in the heritage of one of America’s first automakers—Ford Motor Co. Dozens of original Ford highlights from across more than a century of manufacturing include:

– 1938 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Phaeton, a superbly restored example from the final year of the Ford Phaeton (est. $75,000-$125,000, offered without reserve);

– 1941 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon, a highly desirable example with beautiful bird’s-eye maple body by Mike Nickels (est. $60,000-$90,000, offered without reserve);

– 1950 Mercury 72B club coupe, an iconic model popularized by James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause and showing just 22,900 original miles (est. $40,000-$60,000, offered without reserve);

The Mercury 72B club coupe became a favorite of young rodders and customizers, particularly after a mildly modified ’49 club coupe was featured in the James Dean film ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. RM Auctions image

– 1951 Ford Custom Country Squire, a rare Canadian-delivery example from the last year of genuine Ford “woodies,” offered from just two long-term owners since new (est. $100,000-$120,000, offered without reserve);

– 1975 Ford Bronco Custom, a subtle and tastefully modified Ford icon ready for comfortable cruising or off-road adventure (est. $40,000-$70,000, offered without reserve);

– 1995 Ford Roush Mustang Cobra SCCA Trans Am, acquired directly from Roush Racing in 1999 and believed to have been used by three-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion Tommy Kendall (est. $300,000-$400,000, offered without reserve); and,

– 2006 Ford GT, a four-option example offered in immaculate condition, finished in Tungsten and showing under 2,400 miles (est. $300,000-$350,000, offered without reserve).

To speak with an RM Sotheby’s specialist about a particular lot or to register to bid, call 519-352-4575.