On the Auction Block: McDonald’s Classic Car Collection
When you think of McDonald’s you probably think of burgers, fries, and those iconic golden arches. The restaurant has been around for decades and it all started with that first little store in Des Plaines, Illinois. Who knew it would have such global influence that is has found its way into so many homes around the world?
The building that held that very first store was demolished in 1984. A museum was erected at the site, created by the McDonald’s Corporation to show the company’s growth and its cultural impact on the world. The museum closed in 2008, but many of the exhibits were maintained, including several classic cars.
Four cars that were part of that museum hit the auction block at Mecum in Chicago in late October. They were appropriately dubbed The McDonald’s Collection. The cars were intended to demonstrate the general optimism that was prevalent during that era. Their bright colors and shiny chrome took museum visitors back to a simpler, more innocent time.
All four cars in the McDonald’s Collection found new homes:
- $30,800 – 1955 Chevy Bel Air
- $37,400 – 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88
- $38,500 – 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis
- $39,600 – 1955 Ford Crown Victoria
There were more than 1,000 classics and performance cars that crossed the auction block along with the McDonald’s collection. Quite a few special collections were offered up, as well as individual classics and modern models.
The next Mecum auctions takes place on:
- Kissimmee – January 3-13, 2019
You can see more about upcoming auctions for cars, tractors and motorcycles on the Mecum website.