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Mecum Gone Farmin’ Announces the Hays Museum Antique Truck Collection

By: Mecum Auctions | Photos Courtesy of: Mecum Auctions

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A desirable selection of 37 rare vintage trucks from The Hays Museum Antique Truck Collection will join the auction lineup at Mecum’s upcoming Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction slated for March 24-26 in East Moline, Illinois. The collection comprises trucks spanning from 1903 to 1953 and includes rare models from the makes of Peterbilt, Fageol, Diamond T, Pierce-Arrow, Selden, Packard and more. All 37 trucks from the collection will cross the auction block at no reserve on March 25, joining an auction lineup that also includes hundreds of vintage and antique tractors, signs, relics and more. This is an extraordinary opportunity to bid on one of the most significant truck collections ever offered at a singular auction event.

The Hays collection lineup includes the only first-generation Peterbilt ever to be offered at auction: the 1939-40 Model 260GD 5-Ton Truck (Lot K11). It is believed that fewer than five first-generation Peterbilts exist today, and this rare example was used as a benchmark to restore the Peterbilt that is currently on display at the company’s own headquarters in Texas.

Considered to be one of the highest-quality trucks of the era, a 1918 Pierce-Arrow X-4 2-Ton Lumber Truck (Lot K15) is another shining star among the Hays collection offerings. It’s a complete and correct example of an early Pierce-Arrow truck and is one of the most intricate trucks in the group. The 1903 Knox Three-Quarter Ton Stake Truck (Lot K17)—the oldest truck in the collection—is a one-of-a-kind example of a truck from the turn of the century; in fact, it’s one of the oldest trucks in existence. It is the only known Knox truck with a single-cylinder engine and is the earliest truck ever offered by Mecum Auctions.

Other highlights from the Hays collection include a 1911 Packard Model D 1.5-Ton (Lot K25), a 1917 Standard Type B Liberty 3-Ton Flatbed with Sideboards (Lot K22), a 1914 Kelly-Springfield Model K-40 3-Ton Chassis (Lot K18) and a 1912 IHC Model AW Half-Ton Express (Lot K33), to name a few.

The Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction is open to buyers and spectators. The daily ticket price is $15 per person. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. The bidder registration fee is $50. Doors open daily during the auction at 7 a.m., and the vintage truck auction begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 25. For more information about this event, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

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