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#338 of 378 Not Your Everyday Collectibles
Oct 24, 2012 (4:50 am)
By: Jake Lingeman on 10/23/2012
"If youíve ever wanted to get your hands on a World War II-era Daimler-Benz DB10 12-ton Prime mover, the Auctions America event on Dec. 8 may be your only chance.
The auction house is concluding its 2012 season by helping the National Military History Center in Auburn, Ind., sell more than 80 vintage military vehicles and more than 100 pieces of war memorabilia.
'This is truly an exceptional opportunity for collectors of both vehicles and military hardware to acquire many one-of-a-kind lots and prototypes,' says Donnie Gould, Auctions America president. 'The museum items are not relics; they tell not only the American story in both war and peace, but also the histories of Germany, France and Britain.'
The DB10 is a half-track, meaning it has regular wheels in front to steer and tank treads in back for torque and grip. This particular vehicle currently has no engine but specifications call for a Maybach V12 gasoline engine. It doesnít come equipped with any arms either, but could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine guns when the zombies come calling. The 12-ton half-tracks started production in 1935 and kept rolling until 1945. Their main purpose was to move a large variety of artillery in service with the German army.
A 1943 Chevrolet C60L CMP 4x4 General Service truck will also cross the block in Indiana. It has a 216-cubic-inch I6 making 85 hp. It has a four-speed transmission with one reverse gear. The C60Ls and similar models built by Ford accounted almost a quarter of the trucks built in Canada during WWII. This is a three-ton model that features a cab with a reverse slope windshield and embedded headlights. Several body types were produced including ambulance, gas and water tanker, dental clinic and general cargo, as displayed.
In addition to the heavy machinery, the auction will also offer a selection of motorcycles, including this 1937 Victoria KR9. The German army-gray cycle has a 15-hp, two-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a four-speed, hand-change gearbox. Top speed is about 65 mph. These bikes werenít purpose-built military vehicles. Most were purchased for service from civilian stocks. Itís mainly for paved-road use, the lack of rear suspension and suspiciously low ground clearance make it more a transport bike than a warzone tool.
Tickets to the one-day auction are available for $10 per person for the preview day on Friday, Dec. 7, and auction day on Saturday, Dec. 8, which will allow visitors to access the museum. All the proceeds from admissions for both days will go directly to the National Military History Center, which is currently looking for funds to shore up its finances and create more room to better display military items."
Nov 20, 2012 (10:02 am)
I bought a copy of this DVD at the MB Museum. - yes, a fintail documentary. I had a copy of this back in the 90s made from PAL to NTSC VHS, but lost it. I now have a region free DVD player, can't wait to watch it again.
Also found a fintail book at Sinsheim, and bought 9 boxed HO scale toy cars from about 20 years ago, at a flea market in Austria for EUR 2 each.
Nov 25, 2012 (1:20 pm)
My European finds - nothing too hot. Found an assortment of vintage Matchbox at a flea market in Liechtenstein, but the crazy seller wanted CHF 75 apiece for them, or roughly double ebay prices. No sale.
Went to a flea market in Austria and bought these HO cars for EUR 2 apiece, all are early 90s vintage, tractor a little newer:
And the cool fintail DVD and book, nice souvenirs:
#341 of 378 Chrysler Museum
Nov 29, 2012 (6:26 pm)
I just saw the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, MI is closing at the end of the year. A lot of automobile museums seem to be shutting. I guess it's the economy and the rising costs of operations and insurance these days. Very Sad!
#342 of 378 Re: Chrysler Museum [berri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 29, 2012 (6:41 pm)
Looks like Chrysler is going take it over but just open it for special occasions. (press release)
Roadside attraction kind of stuff is suffering all over. Lots of competition for entertainment dollars.
#343 of 378 Re: Chrysler Museum [steve_]
Nov 29, 2012 (6:54 pm)
Yeah, I think you're right. At least Arizona still preserves an original section of the old Route 66. If people that can remember those traveling days, they probably best take a drive on it before it vanishes too.
#345 of 378 Re: Chrysler Museum [berri]
Nov 29, 2012 (8:01 pm)
The museums probably just need to be maker-owned and then managed better.
The big German name museums are huge tourist draws.
#346 of 378 Re: Chrysler Museum [steve_]
Nov 30, 2012 (10:55 am)
Hadn't heard of that place. The original Henry Ford was certainly a man of some unique ideology and contrasts. Sometimes I wonder if he and the Deuce were similar in anything???
Jan 09, 2013 (2:51 pm)
a '62 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk motorized model. I've never seen one.
I'd have to paint that yellow interior.
I always wished Danbury or Fairfield Mint would do a Gran Turismo Hawk. Like the real car, you'd think they'd be halfway there for tooling since there's a beautiful '57 Golden Hawk 1/24 scale model out there.