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Menard Classic Car Collection to Be Auctioned Oct. 2

This 1963 Chevy Corsair ramp-side pickup is among the lots to be auctioned off. This 1963 Chevy Corsair ramp-side pickup is among the lots to be auctioned off.


...Menard's---everything under one roof for all one's building and home needs.


When Larry was still in high school, he hung out with a friend and kindred spirit who also loved cars and had a sister, Dawn. The two never dated back then, but years later they were reintroduced at the Menard's store in Eau Claire by Dawn's daughter. A strong connection was quickly established and the two became soulmates. It turned out Dawn loved old cars too.


Larry and Dawn embarked on a life together centered around their rapidly growing car collection---and work of course. They loved to go to cruises with car buddies. They never missed Back to the 50s and Good Guys car shows. They had a list of cars they looked for and actively sought out. One was a 1935 Ford, since that was Larry's first car. They loved “the hunt."


Eventually, the collection expanded to include not just classic cars but other American classics: gas pumps, porcelain signs and many items of petroliana and memorabilia. A collection became a museum. Larry and Dawn's adventure continued for many years along the road of life, through all the twists and turns they encountered, leading up to Larry's death and Dawn's decision to sell.


An open-house preview will be held the day before the auction, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1, at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Masks are recommended but not required for the open-house preview.


For more information about the sale of the Larry and Dawn Menard collection, including a list of lots, click here.


Source: VanDerBrink Auctions


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