Car collector emptying out garage at Mecum Chicago auction

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The 1936 Ford Phaeton 4-door convertible is one of the stars of the Jellison collection | Mecum photos

Sixty vehicles and 70 pieces of Road Art treasures from the diverse Tom Jellison collection will be offered at no reserve during Mecum’s Chicago Auction, to be held October 25-27 at the Schaumberg Convention Center near O’Hare Airport.

Jellison is a collector of wide interests and the vast array of items crossing the block seem to have some of everything on board. The assortment of vehicles includes antiques, early runabouts and speedsters, vintage motorcycles, classic touring cars, street rods, muscle cars race cars, modern exotics, even a fire truck. 

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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop

Among his collection of Road Art, as Mecum calls its sales of automobilia and collector’s items, are all the essentials needed for a proper man cave: a large variety of neon and garage signs, gas pumps and scale-model airplanes, some of them used as movie props, as well as other items.

Jellison is cleaning out his collection to make room for the next round of hunting and gathering, according to Mecum. 

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1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible

“For some collectors, it’s the thrill of the chase that makes it all worthwhile,” Mecum says in a news release. “It’s seeking out the next hot car for their collection, traveling near or far to wage war on the bidding floor and claiming that vehicle as their own with the highest bid.

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“Tom Jellison is one such collector, and with a large collection already under his care, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start back at square one.”

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1936 Cord 810 Phaeton

Among the special cars set to cross the block without reserve bids, most in immaculate condition, are:

AACA prize-winning 1936 Ford Deluxe Phaeton four-door convertible.

1928 Packard speedster.

1936 Cord 810 Phaeton.

1901 Ford two-cylinder runabout.

1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop.

1949 Chrysler Town & Country convertible.

1932 Ford 3-window coupe street rod.

1915 Ford Model T speedster.

1925 Graham Brothers fire truck.

2014 Audi R8 quattro.

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR race car.

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1915 Ford Model T speedster

“Ready to restart the procurement process with a change in focus, Jellison is cleaning out his garage at Mecum Chicago 2018, and that translates to an opportunity for collectors of all sectors of the collector-car community to take home something new for their own collections,” according to Mecum. 

For more information about the Chicago Auction, visit Mecum’s website

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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