Touch and Feel History: Huge R-11 Classic Car Museum Auction Raises Money for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation

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The R-11 Classic Car Museum, an eclectic collection of vintage to collectable cars and trucks, is set to be auctioned off on Saturday April 17th at Live/Online auction consisting of over 125 classic and collector cars, this museum has something for everyone in museum quality. The R-11 Classic Car Museum was home to many famous and legendary cars for decades. These cars must be sold now to the highest bidder. The museum featured vehicles such as Bentleys, Mercedes, Rolls, Viper, TA, Lincolns, Cadillac’s, BMW, Jags, Mack Trucks, Street Rods, Customs, and Originals! All gate proceeds to directly to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Auction Held Saturday April 17th, beginning at 10am EDT, in Byron Center, MI. You can also bid online via the internet. Visit 1800lastbid.com for details.

Scott Miedema, COO of Miedema Auctioneering states “This is one of the largest and diverse collections of cars ever to be sold in West Michigan, and there are no minimums or reserves so buyers sure don’t want to miss this event.”

The R-11 Classic Car Museum, an eclectic collection of vintage to collectable cars and trucks, is set to be auctioned off on Saturday April 17th at Live/Online auction consisting of over 125 classic and collector cars, this museum has something for everyone in museum quality. According to Scott Miedema COO of Miedema Auctioneering, “It is one of the largest collections ever sold from West Michigan, and it is unique because of its diversity. In addition we are expected to raise money for our local children’s hospital.”

The R-11 Classic Car Museum was home to many famous and legendary cars for decades. The museum has been shut down, due to the side effects of the Sturgis Iron and Metal bankruptcy. The ever shifting metal market caused a sudden drop in the market which caused a huge overnight drop in metal values Mr. Ralph Levin at that time had to file for bankruptcy protection and eventually the company was liquidated. The museum building was part of the bankruptcy so these cars must be sold now to the highest bidder. The museum featured vehicles such as Bentleys, Mercedes, Rolls, Viper, TA, Lincolns, Cadillac’s, BMW, Jags, Mack Trucks, Street Rods, Customs, and Originals!

There are some very unusual vehicles including the actual 1996 Acura Integra that was drove by Ja Rule in the Movie “The Fast and the Furious.” There is also a 1979 AMC Pacer identical to the one in the movie “Wayne’s World.” There is a pre war 1942 Lincoln continental with huge flare fenders and a post war 1948 Lincoln continental convertible, (1 of only 452 ever made) and it’s in pristine condition. There is a 1901 Oldsmobile with bicycle type tires, and a custom car rumored to be in “The Cannonball Run” movie. A true one of a kind vehicle that includes the molds used to make it. Jaguars, Mercedes, Alpha Romeo, old trucks, cars from 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s round out the list.

This live auction will help out the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation with 100% of gate admissions donated to charity. With an amazing line up of vehicles from the early 1900’s to the late 1990’s everyone is sure to have a great time! Admission is only $2 for children, $4 for adults and $10 max for immediate family and all gate proceeds go directly to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. Scott says “We wanted to affiliate with a local charity and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation was a perfect way to keep monies raised in West Michigan.”

Open house times to view the vehicles are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday April 13th-15th from 12 noon to 6pm, Friday April 16th from 9am-7pm, and Auction day Saturday April 17th, beginning at 8am. The Live auction begins at 10am, and bids are accepted via the internet as well. The auction is held at 7458 Expressway Drive Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 (Byron Center). Visit 1800lastbid.com for auction details and to pre-register or call 1.800.LASTBID (527.8243).

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