CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (Jan. 10, 2017) – A special car will be auctioned off Saturday for a special cause, culminating an eight-year labor of love under the renowned Mecum Auctions spotlight in the Kissimmee Auto Auction at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. (#WhereTheCarsAre).
That car is a bright-red, 1961 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top Sports Coupe (#1hotbelair, #AHFbelair) that was painstakingly restored over a near-decade long process by previous owner Doug Evans – former executive vice president and group publisher at Source Interlink, and current chairman of SEMA.
That cause is the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Austin Hatcher Foundation (AHF) for Pediatric Cancer. AHF co-founders Jim and Amy Jo Osborn currently own the Bel Air and are donating it to benefit their organization. The Bel Air was unveiled two months ago at the annual SEMA Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Grand Plaza.
The Bel Air, Lot# S90, has been transported to the Mecum event by Reliable Carriers, Inc. – the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company, based in Canton, Michigan. Detailing for the auction was done by Erwin Marine Sales of Chattanooga. Those services were donated to the AHF.
This very special Bel Air (https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0117-269751/1961-chevrolet-bel-air-resto-mod/) will cross the auction block at approximately 1pm Saturday,January 14. The Mecum Auction will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Saturday from 4:30-9:30 p.m. (ET).
Kissimmee is Mecum Auctions’ largest event. Last year, Kissimmee resulted in more than $70 million in sales. The auction will include more than 1,000 GM vehicles.
“Whoever steps up with the top bid for this Bel Air will have their investment – and their generosity – rewarded many times over, knowing they have contributed to our mission of erasing the effects of pediatric cancer,” said Amy Jo Osborn, the AHF’s president.