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Mecum’s Of Monterey Recieves Antique Vehicle Gems From The Academy Of Art University


Mecum’s Auction in Monterey, CA has just been gifted a collection of pristine antique vehicles. The seven cars come from the Academy of Art University’s 250-car collection, and will be featured in Mecum’s “The Daytime Sale.” Among the consigned vehicles is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J expected to earn a bid of 1 million dollars, or more.

These cars come from the car design department of the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco. This university was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, the former art director for Sunset magazine. In its car design department, students are immersed in concepts that precede WWII. They learn a great deal about traditional car concepts, but those concepts become very important in spawning new car designs for the future.

The university’s entire car collection is valued at over 70 million dollars. The ownership is split between the university and the Stephens family estate. The consignment to Mecum’s is happening to open space at the San Fransisco campus for newer models.

Along with the gorgeous and stately black 1929 Duesenberg, a 1932 Packard Eight 902 coupe, 1936 Packard Super Eight, 1937 Mercedes-Benz 504K, 1940 Packard Super Eight, 1940 Cadillac Series 75 Town Car, and 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE will be featured.

All of these vehicles have won honors, or were part of notable events in the past. For instance, the 1932 Packard Eight 902 coupe was the 1993 AACA Grand National Senior Winner, and the 1940 Packard ushered Ginger Rogers through movie sets.This grouping will be known as the Art on Wheels collection, and it is certain to be a highlight of the auction occurring August 23-25.

Along with the move to consign certain vehicles to the Mecum’s auction, the Academy of Art University is planning to open its remaining collection to the public, and to integrate other disciplines with the car design museum. Students studying things like fashion, industrial design, and interior design have a great interest in the way desirable machines like vintage cars are created.

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