Vicari celebrates 20th anniversary, collector car appreciation day with auction in New Orleans

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Vicari Auctions Photo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection.

Crossing the block will be a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS currently owned by New Orleans Saint Quarterback Drew Brees. The car is Hugger Orange and features a 396-cubic-inch V8 matted to an automatic transmission. The buyer will also receive an autographed jersey, pair of autographed game cleats, four tickets to a game during the 2015 season and a meet and greet for up to 10 people with Drew Brees at the Saints facility.

Other notable cars include 1956 Lincoln Mark II Continental coated in Mauve paint and powered by a 368-cubic-inch V8 with an automatic transmission. The car also features power steering, breaks, seat, locks, and windows.

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1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

An all-original 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge crossing the block reportedly is the 58th car off the assembly line as part of an early production in 1969. This car also features options such as Ram Air III engine and a dealer installed tilt steering wheel. The car also features Granada gold bronze metallic paint.

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In addition to the cars being offered, artist Richard Sznerch is offering 30 original Disney artist-proof drawings. Proceeds from those drawings will be donated to the New Orleans Children’s Hospital.

“We have a diverse group of cars for the New Orleans auction, and I am honored to have the opportunity to sell some of Richard Sznerch artwork to raise funds for Children’s Hospital this year,” said Pete Vicari.

Over 200 vintage items made up of a variety of toys, signs, juke boxes, casino games and tables, and gas pumps will be sold from Vicari’s personal collection.

Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation weekend kicks off with Vicari Auction on Saturday, with gates opening at 8:00 a.m. The Vicari Auction begins at 9 a.m.  with automotive memorabilia followed by classic automobiles.

In addition, a car show will be held in the Mardi Gras Float Den from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan