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.
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.