|1940 American Bantam Speedster|
courtesy Classic Motorcar Auctions
Chrysler fans may want to check out the 3rd annual Grande Salon Auction by Classic Motorcar Auctions this September 15. Among the items up for grabs are several vehicles and memorabilia, all at no reserve, from the William A.C. Pettit, III collection. Since Pettit owned a Chrysler dealership for many years, before running the Museum of Motoring Memories, you can bet there are some nice cars in the collection.
Among the more unusual items from the Pettit Collection are three American Bantam cars, including a 1940 Bantam Speedster. There’s also four classic engines on stands: a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, a 1922 Duesenberg Model A inline eight, a 1931 Stutz DV-32 inline eight, and a 1934 Packard Twelve.
Of greater interest to Chrysler fans will be the 1970 Chrysler Newport convertible (the last year Chrysler made full-size convertibles), the 1984 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible, the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda convertible with power pack engine and a 1968 Plymouth Sport Satellite convertible. All at no reserve. Hmm. So is the 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint Vintage Race Car.
Bob Lichty, the president of Classic Motorcar Auctions, says, “I am amazed at the quality and quantity of memorabilia items from the William A.C. Pettit, III Collection, many of which date back to his childhood in the 1930s. The cars also represent an important time in our history, as the Bantams were America's first economy car and the Chryslers are indelibly linked to the Pettit family legacy in the Chrysler business. The engines have been preserved for many years in a climate-controlled environment, making them ideal for a vintage car restorer or a museum display.”