SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Automobile Museum will host the Saratoga Auto Auction that will take place on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The auction, which is only in its second year, hopes to have 300 vehicles to consign and auction. In 2017, its inaugural auction had more than 200 vehicles.
The auction is managed by veteran auction director Jeff Whiteside and aims to be premiere collector automobile auction for the Northeast United States. Proceeds from this year’s auction supports the museum’s distracted driving safety program, an initiative that reaches more than 10,000 high school students across the Capital Region each year.
This year’s featured vehicles includes a 1970 Oldsmobile, a 1922 Ford Model T, a 1950 Desoto Custom and a 1964 Catalina Safari. However vehicles aren’t the only thing auctioned, included in last year’s results are a 1999 Yamaha jet boat that sold for $4,950 and a 2005 Harley-Davidson Pitbull that sold for $14,300.
A special customized 1991 Humvee will be auctioned off as well. The Humvee was developed by the military as a replacement for Jeeps previously used in Vietnam. This vehicle was regarded as one of the toughest and most reliable utility vehicles ofitstimeandaidedintheIraq and Afghanistan wars. Since then, it has been refurbished by nationally recognized restoration specialist Steve Hale of History Channel’s American Restoration.
This year the Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced the addition and consignment of all 44 vehicles at no reserve from the collection of Dennis Dammerman, the late Vice Chairman of General Electric. The collection, comprised largely of a variety of mid- century domestic convertibles, coupes, and sports cars, is the largest single consignment in the auction’s history. All vehicles will be offered at no reserve.
Dammerman joined GE in 1967, he was part of GE’s financial management program and held various financial assignments in several GE businesses. Later he was appointed to lead GE Capital’s real estate financial services division in 1981, a job he held until Welch named him Senior Vice President-Finance and CFO. Dammerman passed away at the age of 67 in 2013. Dammerman was a trustee, supporter, and advocate for the museum. In 2009, he displayed 16 of his vehicles in an exhibit entitled, “Mid Century Marvels.”
“The Saratoga Automobile Museum is thrilled and privileged to have the opportunity to feature the Dammerman Collection at this year’s Saratoga Auto Auction,” said Gary Brown, treasurer of the board of trustees for the Saratoga Automobile Museum. “I, along with the board of trustees and the staff at the Museum, could not thank Marsha Finn Dammerman enough for consigning this incredible collection of motor vehicles for the auction. Mrs. Dammerman’s generosity and support of the auction will help fulfill the Museum’s mission for years to come.”
Tickets for the Saratoga Auto Auction are $15 and available for purchase online. To find out more, bid or consign a vehicle contact Jeff Whiteside at 518-587-1935, ext. 22.