Written by independent automotive journalist David C. Neyens


Combining “automobile” and “memorabilia,” automobilia represents one of the widest and most interesting of all collector realms today. A catch-all term for virtually any automobile-related item, automobilia provides an unforgettable glimpse into commercial and industrial history from the dawn of motoring to the present.

Barrett-Jackson’s upcoming Scottsdale auction, scheduled for January 22-30, 2022, promises to deliver one of the finest automobilia selections to ever cross the block. Among the many highlights are collectibles from three noted collections, including the Tom Dellamalva Collection. Other offerings include a wide variety of Coca-Cola and soda collectibles and signs, plus antique showcases, general advertising, railroad memorabilia, and brewery-related items. Western collectibles will also be well represented, including sought-after Textan Saddlery items and examples of the iconic Levi’s brand.

One of today’s hottest automobilia segments comes in the form of vintage neon porcelain signs, with two particularly fabulous early consignments including Lot 9490.4, a stunning 1940s Flying A Service sign. A single-sided porcelain sign with animated neon lettering, it measures a grand seven feet in height with a 24-foot width. Closely approaching factory-fresh condition, it is anticipated to garner bids over six figures.

Another choice example is Lot 9491, a Ford Motor Company Jubilee neon porcelain sign from the landmark 50th Anniversary celebrations of the “Blue Oval” in 1953. Measuring 10 feet tall and over five feet wide, it features a striking multi-color motif and benefits handsomely from a full restoration to as-new condition.

Lot 9470 on the Scottsdale auction docket is yet another wonderful neon porcelain, a museum-quality, single-sided Kelly Tires dealership sign from the 1930s. Featuring Kelly’s “Miss Lotta Miles” character, it is in excellent overall condition and represents one of the most collectible signs of the period. A similar example sold for $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson 2015 Scottsdale event.

Representing America’s regional oil companies is a phenomenal early-1950s Mustang Oil double-sided porcelain service station sign. Measuring 72 inches in diameter with a wonderful prancing horse logo, it features vibrant colors and presents within its original hanging ring mount. Offered as Lot 9465.2, it is sure to attract bidding as spirited as the company’s mascot.

Everyone loves Disney memorabilia, but actual Disneyland and Disneyworld theme park items are extremely scarce, due to the corporation’s vast mandatory destruction policy after they eventually outlive their usefulness. Thankfully, at least two of these items were spared and they are certain to captivate collectors of the beloved entertainment brand. Among them is Lot 9488.1, a late-1950s/early ’60s Walt Disney-Disneyland coin-operated kiddie ride. Restored to Day One condition, this extremely rare find even plays a Donald Duck recording while the ride is operated.

Another collector-grade Disney item on the Scottsdale auction docket is Lot 9488.2, a now-scarce Disneyland Mold-A-Rama Toy Factory machine. Offered in true museum quality, this mid-1960s Disneyland staple is restored to original, fully functional condition.

Ferrari lovers will appreciate Lot 9465, a highly prized and authentic Ferrari porcelain dealership sign. Retaining its original stainless steel frame and of course featuring Ferrari’s iconic prancing horse motif, it is anticipated to attract equally spirited bidding. Notwithstanding some age- and use-appropriate wear, it looks great and is offered in excellent overall condition.

Gasoline pumps are perennially collectible and come in a wide array of designs with interesting mechanisms and captivating details. Lot 9387 is an exceptionally stylish 1930s-vintage Bennett Model 150 gas pump, sporting a clock-type face and Texaco livery. Benefiting from a high-end restoration comparable to a concours-level automobile restoration, it features hand-painted graphics and beautiful pin stripe accents.

We could continue with all of the automobilia offerings at Scottsdale, but will wrap up this article with Lot 9395, a fabulous early-1930s double-sided tin “bowtie” Chevrolet dealership sign. Featuring all original milk glass letters, it showcases a sign face restored to impeccable standards. An impressive piece, it measures nine feet across and nearly three feet in height, offering the perfect accompaniment to a Chevrolet- or GM-focused automobile collection.

Consistent with Barrett-Jackson tradition, the array of automobilia and

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TIME CAPSULES: Exceptional Automobilia is Coming to Scottsdale
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/exceptional-automobilia-is-coming-to-scottsdale-2022/
Published Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:57:46 +0000

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