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Date: Jun. 8, 2011

“First Funny Car” meets psychedelic icon in the Classic Car Capital of the World.

Auburn, Indiana. June 8, 2011.Worldwide Auctioneers is set to blow away the crowds this Labor Day Weekend , confirming that the “First Funny Car” will join the roster of exceptional consignments lined up for its 4th annual, The Auburn Auction . The meticulously preserved and properly restored 1964 Dodge Charger S F/X is the last remaining example of three supercharged factory experimental cars built by Chrysler in 1964 to dominate the drag strip. Piloted by Super Stock Racer Jim Johnson and famous drag racer Jimmie Nix, this car did just that, setting records everywhere it ran.

“We are honored to have been chosen by owner Mr. Frank Spittle to represent this matchless piece of drag racing history and to offer it for sale completely without reserve to the highest bidder,” said Rod Egan, Principal & Chief Auctioneer. “This is a unique chance to acquire the acknowledged first and only remaining S F/X Funny Car and we would urge enthusiasts everywhere to pay close attention to the opportunity.”

The famous dragster will come face to face with one of the last and most significant artifacts of the Grateful Dead era at The Auburn Auction, another star of the show. The carefully preserved 1965 Gillig Bus is the iconic vehicle that accompanied the legendary psychedelic band as it toured the country. Resplendent in fantastic period decor, its interior boasts ceilings papered in hundreds of vintage rock posters alongside plenty of authentic Grateful Dead icons. Once the property of Butch Patrick or Eddie Munster of The Munster's fame, the bus has a strange and fascinating history as colorful as its psychedelic design.

Also slated to go under the hammer in Auburn are a peerless 1955 Hudson Italia GT Coupe, outstanding 1930 Cadillac V16 Convertible Coupe with coachwork by Fleetwood, an ACD certified 1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly Sedan, offered without reserve, a freshly restored factory black 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster, and a stunning 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton. Full details on current consignments may be discussed with any of Worldwide’s Motorcar Specialists at 1.260.925.6789, or viewed online at wwgauctions.com. Entries to The Auburn Auction are still invited. Contact the Worldwide team at 800.990.6789 or visit the website for full details.

The Auburn Auction is scheduled for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2nd, 3rd & 4th, at the 140 acre Worldwide Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. Following the success of last year’s expanded sale, this year's event gets bigger and better again, with 1000 cars, car corral, vendor booths, motor coach parking and great food. The More Great Cars segment of the sale runs from September 2nd- 4th, culminating in Saturday evening’s Main Event on September 4th, a catalogue auction of exceptional motorcars.

About Worldwide Auctioneers. Worldwide provides primary services to the serious collector of vintage motorcars, from the acquisition and sale of classic automobiles at auction, to appraisal, private treaty sales, estate planning, collection management and consultancy. The company’s diverse capabilities extend further to the valuation and transfer of significant assets such as real estate, antiques and fine art.
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