|By William Flood
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — “There was almost too much to catalog: decades of car parts, signs, accessories, even collectible cars. All were part of the ongoing auction of Dick Moffit’s Chevrolet parts and restoration business and lifetime collection.
The inventory is so vast that three auctions have been held so far in 2018 and more are planned for next year.
It’s also taken two auctioneers - Younger Auction Company of Missouri and Mike Brandly of Ohio. Younger, who was acquainted with Moffitt, was tapped to host the auction. Due to the size of the inventory and its Ohio location, Younger contacted fellow auctioneer Mike Brandly from Columbus to assist. Both are seasoned auctioneers with impressive credentials, well equipped to handle an auction of this size. Mark Younger has been in business more than 50 years; Mike Brandley for nearly 40 years.
Dick Moffit Restorations was one of the largest vintage and new Chevy parts dealers in the country, specializing in 1928 to 1972 vehicles. Moffitt began restoring vintage cars in the 1950s with a Ford Model T. He then began buying out Chevrolet dealerships, acquiring signs and parts dating to the 1800s. That collection became the foundation for Dick Moffitt Restorations in 1965. The business’ entire inventory - everything from nearly a century of parts (including Chevrolet, GM, Dodge, Ford, and Mopar) and auto memorabilia to a stable of collector cars went up for auction.
Both live and online auctioning has been employed. Live auctions have been held onsite and at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield. Online bidding has been through Proxibid. So far, more than 3,000 lots have sold on Proxibid to buyers all over the world. Yet, much of the immense inventory has only been available at the live auctions.
Fifteen collector cars, mainly restored, have sold so far and have done well. These include a family-owned, frame-off restored 1926 Studebaker roadster with 6-cylinder engine, rumble seat, wood spoke wheels, and only 33,697 miles that snagged $18,000; a show-quality 1968 Camaro RSS Rally Sport with original 327 motor, automatic transmission and rally wheels that captured $28,000; and, a 1929 Chevrolet Roadster with new top and interior and rear mounted spare tire that went for $15,000.
A couple of project cars sold, including a barn-find 1953 Cadillac two-door convertible in original ready-to-restore condition with a V8 engine, electric windows, and only 77,200 miles, selling for $9,000. Other project cars are scheduled for sale in May.
Signs attracted attention and went high. The most popular, a 49-inch tall Chevrolet dealership Super Service lighted sign selling for $5,700. Another Chevrolet sign, a 51-inch red neon Authorized Service sign went for $2,000. A 1956 General Motors Chevrolet: America’s 1st Choice sign sold for $575 even with a broken tip.
Thousands of parts, much of it new old stock commanded prices from $2 to as much as $1,000 for a 31-32 Chevy luggage trunk. A mint-condition Ford Model A radiator cover sold for $130. A group of three Chevrolet 1965 clocks fetched $95 while a 1952 Pontiac hood ornament with amber-colored Indian face sold for $85.
There were numerous items ideal for a workshop or man cave. Examples include a red Gulf gas pump that sold for $310, a Davidson Chevrolet white work smock from the 1950s for $23 and a Dorman Products metal storage cabinet for $50.
Plenty sold for modest prices. A 1933 Chicago World’s Fair ashtray went for $5.
Auto-related and other toys were also available. Among them, a 1930s Studebaker-style pedal car in original condition that brought $200 and plenty of diecast cars selling under $50.
For more information visit www.youngerauction.com or www.mbauctioneer.com