NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A fully restored 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe convertible sedan and a 1930s Service Station Equipment Co., Ltd. Canadian double gasoline pump are just a few of the treasures that await bidders in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana, Railroadiana & Advertising auction planned for Saturday, June 18 at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars.
The Corvette was originally a New Mexico car, but was later purchased in St. Thomas, Ontario by Joe Byway in 1979. Byway stored the car until 1985 and then commissioned Dave Harrison to restore it. The meticulously maintained, rust-free, running driving car features a correct 283 CI 230 HP V8 engine, and is estimated at $45,000-$60,000.
The 1937 Ford Model 78 deluxe convertible sedan is an open-air car with rear doors and retains its original paint (except on the front fenders). The restoration includes new upholstery, carpet and convertible top, and the dashboard has been professionally re-grained. The car is powered by the correct flathead V8 engine. Its odometer shows 10,175 miles, and it is estimated at $25,000-$30,000.
There is a third noteworthy vintage vehicle in the auction – a 1972 GMC 1500 custom pickup truck with 49,138 miles on its odometer. The rust-free truck boasts its original interior and correct original 307ci V8 engine (undetailed), and its estimate is $20,000-$25,000.
A 1930s Service Station Equipment Co., Ltd. Canadian double gasoline pump, Clearvision Model No. 700, has an estimate of $17,000-$20,000. It reflects an older restoration to Sunoco colors and is fitted with reproduction globes. Also, a circa-1950s American General Motors double-sided porcelain sign, boasting atomic age design and emblazoned with three GM brand names, is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. It consists of six pieces, three sections per side.
A circa-1940s Canadian double-sided porcelain White Rose Gasoline Slate Boy sign, featuring the iconic Boy and Slate graphics and graded 8.75/8.5, has an estimate of $15,000-$20,000; while a circa-1940s Canadian White Rose Service Station sign comprising a three-piece set, including two horizontal panels and a 36in diameter round sign, each piece single-sided porcelain, carries an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
An early 20th-century American 12-seat railway station bench made from quarter-sawn oak and tagged, “Frost’s Veneer Seating Company, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, New York,” on each side, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Also, a circa-1920s Canadian single-sided painted wood New York Central Train schedule board, possibly from the St. Thomas Railway Station, with painted tin information plates, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
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