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SF design school consigns more cars to Mecum Auction


It was less than a year ago that the Academy of Art University in San Francisco announced that it would turn its car collection into a public car museum. Part of that plan was to update the collection to make it more appealing, not just to the school’s design and vehicle-restoration student body but to the general public.

That meant revising the collection of around 250 primarily pre-war classic cars assembled by the Stephens family, which established the school in 1929. 

Seven of those cars, including a 1929 Duesenberg Model J and three classic Packards, went across the block at Mecum’s 2018 Monterey auction. More than 40 others were up for bidding at Mecum’s inaugural Las Vegas auction in the fall of 2018. Another Duesenberg, a one-off 1932 Model J Torpedo Berline by Rollston, was at Mecum’s inaugural Arizona auction this spring.

Mecum, SF design school consigns more cars to Mecum Auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
Ready for their trips across the auction block in Monterey are a 1934 Packard 1108 V-12 sport phaeton (cream color) and a 1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight sport phaeton, among others from the university collection

And now, the university and Mecum have announced that another 22 cars from the collection will be on the docket at Mecum’s 2019 Monterey auction.

Among this consignment are a 1933 Stutz DV-32 dual-cowl phaeton, a 1938 Talbot-Labo T120 roadster, four pre-war Packard classics, three pre-war Cadillacs, and two dramatically colorful vehicles — a black-and-red 1934 Lincoln KA convertible roadster and a three-tone 1962 Rolls-Royce  Phantom V James Young Sedanca De Ville. 

The university uses proceeds from such sales to add more-modern vehicles to its collection and museum display.

Mecum’s Monterey sale is scheduled for August 15-17 on the Del Monte golf course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey hotel and spa.

Mecum, SF design school consigns more cars to Mecum Auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight convertible Victoria (foreground) is going from university collection to the auction block


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.


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