Out of Sight for 50 Years: The Golden Sahara II Makes its Return to the Spotlight

Out of Sight for 50 Years - The Golden Sahara II Makes its Return to the Spotlight

Jim Street’s Legendary Self-Driving ‘50s Custom will
Cross the Auction Block this May at Mecum Indy

WALWORTH, WI – March 14, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, will offer Jim Street’s legendary “self-driving” 1950s custom car at no reserve in its as-discovered garage-find condition at Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic auction this May 15-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. From years spent as one of America’s most famous custom cars—touring prolifically around the country and drawing massive crowds and hordes of media everywhere it went—to a sudden disappearance into the garage of its owner, never to be seen again, the Golden Sahara II has long been a lost darling among car enthusiasts, making its return to the spotlight a momentous occasion of historical significance within America’s deeply rooted custom-car culture.

Immortalized in the film “Cinderfella” starring Jerry Lewis and celebrated as one of the most innovative, futuristic and generally awe-inspiring vehicles of the late ‘50s and through the 1960s, the Golden Sahara II was a celebrity of mass scale. The car’s revolutionary electronic control system—which allowed it to be steered and operated in myriad ways, including by remote control—effectively categorized the car as autonomous and earned it the designation as the most expensive car of its time. After its sudden, unexplained disappearance nearly 50 years ago, the Golden Sahara II will finally emerge from the garage of its original owner, still intact down to its Zenith remote controls that operated its self-driving capabilities. As it graces the stage of Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic this May as a headlining no-reserve auction offering, one fortunate and ambitious collector will win the opportunity to carry on its unparalleled legacy.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about additional auction offerings from Jim Street’s long-hidden estate.

Out of Sight for 50 Years - The Golden Sahara II Makes its Return to the Spotlight

Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. To view the list of consigned vehicles or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46205

Date: May 15-19, 2018

Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online after May 15—per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission

Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.

Auction: Vehicle auction begins at 10 a.m. daily

TV Schedule on NBCSN: TBA
(All times Eastern)

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook,  Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Source: Mecum Auction, Inc.

Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic - Indy