Eddie Vannoy collection reaches $15 million in sales by Mecum

(July 9, 2020) JEFFERSON, N.C. — Mecum Auctions in June offered the private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy at an on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., resulting in a strong overall sales total of $15 million, a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations. Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event, which was held June 26-30.

Topping all sales was Vannoy’s automatic 1969 Dodge Daytona  with its 440 Magnum V-8 engine, which achieved a $231,000 sale. Reaching an amazing $209,000 and landing in the second seat in top sales was Vannoy’s 1941 Kenworth Fire Truck; one of just five produced, it was originally built by the United Airplane Manufacturing Co. on a 1940 Kenworth Chassis and today is the only known example remaining. Strong individual sale prices continued with a 1970 Plymouth Superbird  bringing $203,500, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod (Lot V26) selling for $200,750 and a 1941 Dodge Power Wagon bringing a total of $176,000.

1969 Dodge Daytona

Vannoy’s massive selection of Road Art was as well received as his cars, and prices reflected the bidding crowd’s enthusiasm with healthy numbers across the board. Top sales honors among Road Art offerings were claimed almost exclusively by Vannoy’s extensive selection of vintage gas pumps and pump islands.

His 1920s Canadian Twin Visible Gas Pump sold for an impressive $59,000, and his Sinclair Service Station Display  brought $47,200. Other top Road Art sales included a Sohio Gas Neon Rotating Sign Display (Lot K252) that sold for $48,380 and a Ford Double-Sided Porcelain Neon and A1 Pylon (Lot K394) that achieved a $42,480 sale.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales from the Eddie Vannoy museum collection auction include:

    1.    1969 Dodge Daytona  at $231,000
    2.    1941 Kenworth Fire Truck at $209,000
    3.    1970 Plymouth Superbird at $203,500
    4.    1967 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod at $200,750
    5.    2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at $187,000
    6.    1971 Plymouth Cuda Resto Mod  at $187,000
    7.    1941 Dodge Power Wagon  at $176,000
    8.    1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  at $143,000
    9.    1970 Buick GSX ] at $140,800
    10.    1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe  at $140,250

The complete top 10 Road Art sales from the Eddie Vannoy museum collection auction include:

    1.    Canadian Twin Visible Gas Pump  at $59,000
    2.    Sohio Gas Neon Rotating Sign Display at $48,380
    3.    Sinclair Service Station Display at $47,200
    4.    Ford Double-Sided Porcelain Neon and A1 Pylon  at $42,480
    5.    Antique Winchester Model 1873 Deluxe Rifle  at $41,300
    6.    Texaco Service Station Gas Pump Island  at $40,120
    7.    Sinclair Service Station Gas Pump Island  at $37,760
    8.    Gulf Oil Service Station Gas Pump Island  at $36,580
    9.    National A38 Flying A Service Station Gas Pump Island  at $35,400
    10.    1920s Wayne Roman Column Visible Gas Pump at $35,400

Mecum’s next live auction event will be Dana Mecum’s 33rd Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis this July 10-18 featuring 2,500 vehicles and thousands of Road Art items highlighted by the unparalleled John Atzbach collection of Shelby American cars and memorabilia.