Two Auctions • One Great Purpose

June 12-13 • Auburn, Indiana

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Two Incredible Auctions. Over 1,500 Lots Offered Without Reserve.

Aviation & Warbirds

Incredible warbirds from the Hoosier Air Museum

Militaria

From the collection of the former National Military History Center

Advertising & Signs

Your favorite memorabilia

50 No Reserve Vehicles

Day 2 • Saturday, June 13

11 AM: Militaria 🎖

Lots 7501-8000
In-Person | Bid Online: Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

Note: Patton Command Car and military vehicles are being sold at this auction.

3:00 PM: No Reserve Cars 🚗

In-Person | Bid Online: Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

6 PM: Memorabilia ⛽️

Lots 1501-2000
In-Person | Bid Online: Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

Lot# 7106

1946 Piper J-3 Cub

• Used during World War II as the L-4 Grasshopper for reconnaissance
• Iconic paint scheme known as “Lock Haven Yellow”
• Designed and first produced during the Golden Age of Aviation, 1918 to 1939
• Used as a trainer for thousands of civilian pilots since its introduction in 1937

Lot# 7107

1935 Speedbird

• One-of-a-kind, experimental aircraft
• Known history since its construction in 1935
• Developed and built during the Golden Era of Aviation
• Side-by-side cockpit

 

Lot# 7108

1944 Cessna UC-78

• Based on the civilian T-50
• Wooden wings and tail section, contributing to its nickname the ‘Bamboo Bomber’
• Used to train bomber pilots during World War II
• Used for military light transport, liaison and communications

Lot# 7591

1944 Dodge WC-57 Command Car

• Purpose-built military vehicle produced from 1942 to 1945
• Command Car with off-road capability with 4×4 drivetrain
• Armed with Browning .30 caliber machine gun
• Could be equipped with a radio set
• Forerunner of the famed post-war Dodge Power Wagon

Lot# 7592

1942 Packard Eight Sedan

• Livery in the likeness of General Eisenhower’s staff car
• Features Packard’s straight-eight engine
• Original interior
• Last model year of passenger car for the duration of World War II
• Touring Sedan body type

Lot# 7593

1941 Chevrolet 1543 GS (General Service) Truck

• Produced in Canada
• Right-hand drive
• Royal Air Force livery
• Prime example of British Commonwealth military transportation

For the benefit of the J. Kruse Education Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, providing career path development for students and veterans on the campus of Kruse Plaza in Auburn, Indiana

Our veterans gave us their best. Now we are giving them our best.

The J. Kruse Education Center has created an on-ramp that gives veterans a successful return to the workforce. The Education Center also provides career path development for both students and veterans on the campus of Kruse Plaza in Auburn, Indiana.

Your participation in the Americana Festival supports this effort and provides veterans as well as students, a launch pad for their future.

Warbirds & Airplanes

The three vintage aircraft and warbirds offered for sale at no reserve include a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, used during World War II as the L-4 Grasshopper for reconnaissance, presented in an iconic paint scheme known as “Lock Haven Yellow”. Designed and first produced during the Golden Age of Aviation, from 1918 to 1939, the Piper Cub was used as a trainer for thousands of civilian pilots since its introduction in 1937. Nicknamed the ‘Bamboo Bomber’ for its wooden wings and tail section, the 1944 Cessna UC-78 selling alongside it was used to train bomber pilots during World War II, and for military light transport, liaison and communications. Also on offer is a singular 1935 Speedbird, a one-off experimental aircraft with a two-seat, side-by-side arrangement.

Aviation & Warbirds

Militaria

One of the largest collections of authentic WWII artifacts ever offered in one place, an absolute one-of-a-kind opportunity for the enthusiast or serious collector.

Signs & Advertising

Signs & Advertising

Videos

Militaria & Memorabilia Walkthrough

1944 Cessna UC-78 ‘Bamboo Bomber’ 1:18

Offered Without Reserve

1946 Piper J-3 Cub 1:27

Offered Without Reserve

1935 Speedbird 1:53

Offered Without Reserve

General Patton’s Dodge WC-57 Command Car 2:18

Offered Without Reserve

Schedule of Events

Preview  • Wednesday, June 10
9 AM – 6 PM

Preview of all items, airplanes, and vehicles from 9am to 6pm. Meet with representatives of the Worldwide Auctioneers’ team onsite to answer questions about this year’s selection prior to the auction.

Auction Office and Bidder Registration from 9am to 6pm.

Preview  • Thursday, June 11
9 AM – 6 PM

Preview of all items, airplanes, and vehicles from 9am to 6pm. Meet with representatives of the Worldwide Auctioneers’ team onsite to answer questions about this year’s selection prior to the auction.

Auction Office and Bidder Registration from 9am to 6pm.

Live Auction • Friday, June 12

• 11 AM: Militaria & Aviation
Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

• 6 PM: Memorabilia
Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

Live Auction • Saturday, June 13

• 11 AM: Militaria & Aviation
Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

• 3 PM: No Reserve Cars
Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

• 6 PM: Memorabilia
Proxibid | Live Auctioneers | Invaluable

Location & Directions

Kruse Plaza

5634 Opportunity Blvd
Auburn, IN 46706

Admission Information

Day Pass: $10

  • Good for both auction days and preview
  • Does NOT include bidder registration

Children 17 and under and Veterans are Free

Bidder Registration: $50

  • Admission for all four days
  • Includes bidder registration for both auctions.
    Comes with two passes (bidder and guest)