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12/06 2017

Rust never sleeps, true, but you won’t find any rust on these three cars from the collection of folk rocker Neil Young.

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All three are up for auction Saturday, Dec. 9 at Julien’s Auctions in LA. This is Young’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible, estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

PHOTO BY JULIEN’S AUCTIONS 

3 NEIL YOUNG CARS GO UP FOR AUCTION IN LA ON DEC. 9

 

If you’ve been a miner for a heart of gold, or a Buick Roadmaster, there are two of the latter here

BY:  MARK VAUGHN

He’s been to Hollywood, he’s been to Redwood and along the way he has gathered a few cool things. A little-known facet of iconic folk rock hero Neil Young’s life is that he has been collecting cars for the last 40 years, mostly big American cars from the ’50s. Well my my, hey hey, all these cars aren’t here to stay, now it’s time to sell off a few of them. On Saturday, Dec. 9 at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, Young will auction guitars, model trains and three cool cars.

If you’ve been searching for a heart of gold, or maybe just a Buick Roadmaster, this is the place for you. Rust never sleeps, but there is no rust on any of these three.

Leading the pack across the block will be Young’s 1953 Buick Roadmastercode 76X Skylark Convertible, the red car you see above. Even without the Neil Young provenance, this model is “the holy grail of classic Buicks,” according to the experts at hometownbuick.com. Sporting a 188-hp, 322-cubic-inch nailhead V8 replacing the previous straight-eight, the car was made to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. The VIN is No. 1 of 1,690 made that year, and the steering wheel hub says, “Customized for Neil Young.” Julien’s expects this to bring between $200,000 and $300,000.

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1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor HighlanderPHOTO BY JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

Next up is a 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander two-door three-person coupe that Young said once belonged to Steve McQueen. There’s no more follow-up info as to that particular piece of provenance. RM Sotheby’s sold a convertible Windsor Highlander two years ago for $71,500. Julien’s expects this one to go for between $15,000 and $20,000.

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1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse

Finally, you can buy Young’s 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse, which is just like the hearse Young and his bandmates in The Squires used to haul gear to gigs back in the early 1960s (though it’s not the exact same car). Nicknamed “Mort II” by Young, it’s also the subject of Young’s song “Long May You Run” on the album of the same name from 1976. It’s even mentioned in his autobiography “Waging Heavy Peace.” The car has a 320-cubic-inch inline L-head eight-cylinder making 144 hp, Julien’s says.

“Mort” is a rear-loading funeral coach featuring five windows for viewing, rear fender skirts, gold and blue velvet curtains and two suicide doors in the rear deck. The car also has a few interesting personal touches, such as a bumper sticker reading “S**t Happens” and a permanently affixed plaque reading “William Randolph, in Memory of Taylor Phelps” in reference to a friend of Young’s, who passed away in 1995.

It should be the cheapest of the three cars, with an expected hammer price of between $8,000 and $10,000.

There are also hundreds of model trains, electric guitars and the very shirt Young wore when he recently jammed onstage with Paul McCartney.

“Collecting all of these items has been my great joy,” said Young. “They have provided a source of inspiration, fun and creativity throughout my life. Now it is time to share them with others in the world whom I hope will enjoy and love them as much as I have.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Bridge School, a charity for children with severe speech and physical impairments, Julien’s said. Young has organized the Bridge School Benefit Concerts for three decades. They have become an annual, all-acoustic, nonprofit charity event and draw musical artists from Bruce Springsteen and Elton John to Guns N’ Roses and Pearl Jam, all benefiting the school.

You can get more info on the auction at juliensauctions.com. You can bid at julienslive.com.

Don’t be too careful with the cars, should you wind up winning the auction because, as Young has clearly said, “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.”