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Vintage factory scale models on auction docket


A quarter-scale model of a 1932 Hudson and an eighth-scale model of a 1919 Cadillac Type 57 limousine, both produced by factory engineers, are on the docket for an auction December 8 in Willoughby, Ohio.

“Milestone Auctions’ Winter Spectacular is always the Ohio-based company’s most eclectic sale of the year,” the company said in its news release. “Typically, it contains rare and exceptional items that have been reserved over the preceding 12 months to feature in the company’s big end-of-the-year event.”

The two models, which Milestone terms “both automotive art and Americana,” are two of the 693 lots in the sale.

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1919 Cadillac model

“Each (of the cars) is a large-size, highly detailed model of an automobile created by engineers at an early 20th-century automobile factory,” the auction house said. 

“A 1932 Hudson ¼-scale factory-made model of a 4-door sedan measures 45 inches in length. It is one of only 12 examples (in six body styles) that were ever made at the Hudson plant, all for display at the 1932 New York Auto Show.

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1932 Hudson model

“Additionally, a 1919 Cadillac Type 57 Limousine, factory made in 1/8-scale, is 25 inches long and was created specifically to display at the 1919 New York Auto Show. Each of these extraordinary models is expected to make $30,000-$40,000 at auction.”

Also on the auction docket are “fine and decorative art; magic, circus, movie and travel posters; political and historical Americana; toys and Christmas antiques; and 20 lots of coins, from individual rarities to US Mint and proof sets,” the auction house said.

“Because it is so varied, our Winter Spectacular attracts many types of collectors. We make an extra effort to source ‘hidden treasures’ to include in every category, because more than anything, collectors love a new discovery,” said Chris Sammet, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. 

The auction begins at 10 a.m. (EST) on December 8 and offers various bidding opportunities, including Milestone’s own bidding platform, LiveAuctioneers, AuctionZip, Proxibid or Invaluable. 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I have been trying to locate ORIGINAL 1940s, 50s. mid 60s VINTAGE ORIGINAL MODEL BUSES that range in size from 15-25-30 INCHES long (approx. 1/8 scale) that were used in the bus station terminals. I guess, for counter promotionals, exhibits etc…Do you know anyone who would collect these CAN YOU HELP THANK YOU pAUL


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