Tuesday, August 14, 2018

44 sports cars, convertibles, coupes, and more from the Dammerman collection up for no-reserve auction in Saratoga Springs next month

American sports cars, convertibles, and coupes from the Dammerman collection
Photo: Saratoga Auto Auction
The Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, announced yesterday that 44 vehicles from the personal collection of the late GE executive Dennis Dammerman will be up for sale with no reserve at the Saratoga Auto Auction on September 21 and 22.

Consisting mostly of American convertibles, coupes and sports cars from the mid 20th century, the sale of this private collection is the largest single consignment in the history of the Saratoga Auto Auction. The collection includes vehicles as old as a 1936 Ford Street Rod and as recent as a 2013 Corvette 427 convertible.

The consignment sale of the Dammerman collection will be part of the overall Saratoga Auto Auction event, themed “Celebrating Horsepower” for 2018, in which some 300 vehicles will be up for sale. The event takes place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at Saratoga Spa State Park, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs.

Auction previews will be open on Wednesday September 19 and Thursday September 20, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The bidder fee is $100, and general admission to the auction is $20 for Friday September 21 or Saturday September 22, or $30 for both days. Bids will be accepted in person, online, or by phone.

Further details and information about specating or registering to bid at the event are available on the Saratoga Auto Auction website at saratogaautoauction.org.

“The Saratoga Automobile Museum is thrilled and privileged to have the opportunity to feature the Dammerman Collection at this year’s Saratoga Auto Auction,” said Gary Brown, treasurer of the board of trustees for the Saratoga Automobile Museum. “I, along with the board of trustees and the staff at the Museum, could not thank Marsha Finn Dammerman enough for consigning this incredible collection of motor vehicles for the auction. Mrs. Dammerman’s generosity and support of the auction will help fulfill the Museum’s mission for years to come.”

"We are incredibly honored and excited to have the Dammerman Collection featured in our Fall 2018 auction. We are fortunate to have earned the confidence of Mrs. Dammerman to promote and sell the collection on the stage at SPAC this September. This has taken our auction to the next level with the offering of all 44 cars of the Dammerman Collection being offered at no reserve,” said Jeff Whiteside, auction director.

An Iowa native raised in Grand Mound, Dammerman—who passed away at the age of 67 in 2013—was the late vice chairman of General Electric. Mr. Dammerman was 38 when Jack Welch named him GE’s chief financial officer in 1984, the youngest CFO in company history. He held the position until 1998, when he became a Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of GE and Chairman of GE Capital Services, Inc. The same year, CFO Magazine honored Dammerman with its first Life Achievement Award for CFO Excellence.

Dammerman joined GE in 1967, shortly after graduating from the University of Dubuque in his native Iowa. He joined GE’s financial management program and held various financial assignments in several GE businesses. He was appointed to lead GE Capital’s real estate financial services division in 1981, a job he held until Welch named him Senior Vice President-Finance and CFO.

Dammerman was not only a car collector and enthusiast, but a trustee, supporter, and advocate for the museum. In 2009, Dammerman displayed 16 of his vehicles in an exhibit entitled, “Mid Century Marvels.” Now with this generous consignment, the Dammerman Collection sale at the Saratoga Auto Auction will help support the museum’s educational programming, including its Distracted Driving Safety Program.

Below is the full list of vehicles on consignment with no reserve from the Dammerman collection:

  • 1936 Ford Street Rod
  • 1948 Lincoln Convertible
  • 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
  • 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
  • 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
  • 1956 Chevrolet Convertible
  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
  • 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1957 Jaguar XK 140M
  • 1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
  • 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
  • 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
  • 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible
  • 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible
  • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible 409
  • 1964 Plymouth Fury Convertible, Resto Mod
  • 1965 Austin Healey 3000 Convertible
  • 1965 Ford Mustang 2 Door Hardtop
  • 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible
  • 1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427
  • 1967 Ford Mustang GT
  • 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
  • 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
  • 1968 Buick GS Convertible
  • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS Convertible
  • 1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Roadster
  • 1969 Dodge Super Bee
  • 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Roadster
  • 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible
  • 1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Convertible
  • 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
  • 1975 MGB Roadster
  • 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
  • 1984 Datsun 300 ZX Hatchback
  • 2003 Ferrari 360 Spider
  • 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Convertible
  • 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible

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