3 Apollo GTs on docket for auction in Texas

Worldwide Auctioneers will handle distribution of private museum collection in October

Worldwide Auctioneers will have a collector car sale this year in Texas after all. 

Due to venue construction, the company’s annual auction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was canceled for 2019, but the Indiana-based company will be in Texas on October 4-5 for the deaccession sale of George Finley’s Corpus Christi Old Car private museum.

1963 Apollo GT is one of three of the American-Italian hybrids on the docket for single-collection sale | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

Headlining the docket for the no-reserve sale at the American Bank Center Convention Center are the first Apollo GT coupe and spyder produced. The docket includes more than 200 collector cars and 100 pedal cars, the auction house said.

In addition to the first Apollo GT coupe and spyder, both produced for 1963, the docket includes a third Apollo GT, a 1966 5000 GT coupe.

Designed, engineered and marketed by three recently graduated American college graduates and assembled at Intermeccanica in Turin, Italy, the Apollo GT was an international sports car powered by an aluminum 3.5-liter Buick V8 engine. The third Apollo on offer, the 5000 GT, was one of 12 Vetta Venturas versions built by Vanguard Industries but was restored and rebadged and retitled. Its engine is a 5.0-liter iron-block Buick V8.

1963 Apollo GT cabriolet

“Just 88 Apollos were built in total and the offering of this trio represents a significant opportunity for collectors of the finest GT cars across the world,” John Kruse of Worldwide Auctioneers said in the company’s announcement. 

“We’re honored to be staging another exceptional museum collection sale and excited to be able to offer such an outstanding selection of cars and pedal cars, entirely without reserve.”

Worldwide handled the sale of the contents of the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum in 2018.

Later coupe among those with larger V8 engine

The Corpus Christi docket also includes a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia, a 1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster, a 1979 Ferrari 308 GT4 and a 1928 Hudson Super Six Series O convertible sedan (from the Hostetler collection).

Worldwide’s next sale is its Pacific Grove Auction scheduled for August 15 on the Monterey Peninsula, quickly followed by its hometown Auburn Auction in Indiana on August 31.

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