RM Auctions' Dingman Ford Collection Sale RM will offer the world’s most comprehensive Ford Flathead V8 car collection and nearly 2500 incredible neon, tin and porcelain signs restored to perfection in rare public auction in New Hampshire.
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FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS DINGMAN FORD COLLECTION
Former Ford Motor Company Director and Racer Offers Collectors Cars from His Lifetime Collection of Historic Fords plus Hundreds of Lots of Important Neon, Porcelain, and Tin Signs, and other Advertising Art – June 9-11, Kensington, NH
BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (March 3, 2006) – One of the world’s most comprehensive Ford Flathead V8 car collections will be offered for sale by RM Auctions, when The Dingman Ford Collection goes on the block June 9-11, 2006 at the Dingman Estate, in the picturesque town of Kensington, New Hampshire. This important sale represents the lifelong collecting passion of Michael Dingman, who served as a Ford Motor Company director for 21 years. Dingman, also an experienced race driver, personally competed in Fords, driving Roush-prepared Mustangs in the SCCA’s Trans-Am Series in the early 1990s.
Dingman, who served as chief executive officer of several companies, including Allied Signal and Fisher Scientific, as well as a member of the board of directors of Mellon Bank Corporation, Time, Inc., and Time Warner, Inc., has nurtured a lifelong passion for all things automotive. Through his close personal association with Ford racing mogul Jack Roush, Dingman was been able to acquire many of his collection’s premier pieces, as well as continuing his racing efforts in recent years in the vintage racing arena.
The Dingman Collection Fords are exactly what collectors seek – high-point cars, many purchased right off the championship field, or restored by Dingman’s personal specialists, each representing quality of the highest standard. Nearly every year and every open or sporting body style is represented, including what must be one of the world’s finest and most extensive collections of Ford woodie wagons.
“Michael Dingman set out to build the world’s best flathead Ford V8 collection, and most Ford enthusiasts feel he’s more than succeeded,” says Mike Fairbairn, co-founder of RM Auctions. “Mike is a cancer survivor, and that experience has lead to his decision that it’s time to pass his cars on to others, to simplify his life a little, and to make room for possibly one or two really interesting Fords that’s he has yet to own.”
In addition to the cars, the offering also includes much of Dingman’s amazing neon and porcelain sign collection, which he amassed in less than four years, and which now totals nearly 2,500 pieces. Among the treasures is a perfectly restored Ford Jubilee neon sign, one of only a handful of surviving originals, and one of the most complete groupings of Route 66 highway signs. Every imaginable porcelain petroliana sign is represented among the lots for sale, and RM Auctions will be selling about a thousand pieces from this amazing horde. Both cars and signs are offered without reserve, selling to the highest bidder.
RM is pioneering new methods for the marketing of the neon signs by offering collectors an attractive zone-based flat rate cost for crating, insurance, and delivery from the sale site to