Antique cars coming up for auction

BOAZ – A Shelby Cobra and a one-of-a-kind limousine are among the numerous cars from two local men that will be auctioned Saturday.

About 125 cars from Jim Weigle and Daryl Lawrence go on the auction block 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 1831 Williams Highway near Boaz.

Among the cars is a 1962 Shelby Cobra.

Both men said they collected the cars over several decades. They said they are ready to sell because of the times and their ages.

“I’m 76 and I’m ready to slow down,” said Lawrence, a car dealer.

About 120 vehicles will be auctioned.

Among the most iconic of the cars is a 1962 Shelby Cobra designed and built by Carroll Shelby. It has a 289 ci hi-performance engine, Weber carburetors and a 4-speed transmission, according to the auction brochure.

The car was originally owned by Lance Reventlow, a Grand Prix race car driver, was built to factory competition specifications, with unusual options, and noted in the last Shelby registry, the brochure said. It has a clear title and a copy of original invoice is available, the brochure said.

Reventlow was an heir to the Woolworth fortune and was killed in 1972 in an airplane crash at the age of 36.

Weigle said he’s owned the car for more than 20 years.

Weigle also has in the auction a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 with a 427 ci motor and C-6 automatic transmission. The car has 27,000 miles in the auction.

“That was a one-owner car,” Weigle said.

It was also signed by Carroll Shelby before Weigle purchased it.

Weigle wouldn’t speculate on how much the 1962 Cobra would sell for, but it’s worth a lot of money. A 1962 Shelby Cobra on classiccars.com is listed for $850,000. A 1962 at autotraderclassics.com is $995,000.

The auction is organized and managed by Alex Lyon and Son.

The company usually auctions heavy equipment and is doing this sale “to help these guys out,” said auction director Chad Ketelsen. The company is auctioning heavy equipment on Friday morning at the same site.

The auction has generated local interest where the talk on Monday at the Parkersburg Rotary was the sale included a Bugatti. The auction doesn’t include a Bugatti, a high-performance European sports car, he said.

Talk also was TV comedian Jay Leno, a car collector, or his representative may attend.

“I never heard that,” Ketelsen said with a laugh.

The auction is open to everyone, although bidders have to meet the requirements of the sale, he said.

“We’re open to the general public,” Ketelsen said.

Other cars in the field will include a 1966 Ford GT40, a 1964 Superformance Daytona coupe, a 1998 Dodge Viper GTSR, a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 sports coupe, a 1959 Austin Healey, a 1939 Buick 4-door street rod, a 1938 Cadillac limo street rod, a 1972 Chevelle, a 1940 Chrysler limo street rod, a 1968 Cougar XR7, a 1952 DeSoto station wagon, a 1929 Ford pickup street rod, a 1959 Ford Galaxie, a 1946 Hudson pickup, a 1968 Javelin SST, a 1936 Lincoln Zephyr, a 1963 Mercedes, a 1952 Mercury custom, a 1955 Thunderbird, a 1967 Pontiac LeMans and a 1954 Hudson.

Several boats and motorcycles also will be sold.

“The 50 Mercury convertible,” Lawrence said. “That’s one of my favorites.”

For how much will the cars sell? Weigle and Lawrence are unsure.

A 1962 Shelby Cobra was listed for $850,000

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Lawrence said.