Patton command car on docket for WWII collector auction

Worldwide Auctioneers hosts inaugural Americana Festival

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Gen. Patton's command car highlights auction of World War II-era items in Auburn, Indiana | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

On occasion, military vehicles and vintage aircraft are included on the dockets at collector car auctions. But on June 11-14 in Auburn, Indiana, Worldwide Auctioneers plans was it says will be “the most extensive collection of World War II artifacts, uniforms, militaria and memorabilia to sell without reserve.” The occasion is the auction company’s inaugural Americana Festival Auction.

Lots on offer include the 1944 Dodge WC-57 General Patton command car, a 1942 Packard Eight Sedan in the Gen. Eisenhower staff car livery, a 1941 Chevrolet 1543 GS truck in Royal Air Force livery, a 1944 Cessna UC-78 used to train WWII bomber pilots, a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub that served as a L-4 Grasshopper reconnaissance aircraft, and a 1935 Speedbird, an experimental aircraft with side-by-side cockpit.

1942 Packard in Gen. Eisenhower livery

The auction docket also includes many items of automobilia and petroliana, including gas pumps, signs and toys.

There will be two auctions, both benefiting the J. Kruse Education Center, a non-profit organization that provides career development for students and veterans.

1944 Cessna UC-78

All lots can be seen on the Worldwide website and the auction will be staged by live and online.

1935 Speedbird, an experimental aircraft with side-by-side cockpit.

 

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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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