Kookie’s Kar to Join Golden Sahara at Mecum Indianapolis Collector-Car Auction

Jim Street’s Iconic Film-Star Cars and More will Cross the
Auction Block this May 15-19

WALWORTH, WI – April 3, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Kookie’s Kar, the long-lost famed T-bucket credited with starting the nationwide craze in the 1950s, will emerge from its decades in hiding this May to join the no-reserve offerings of the Jim Street Estate Collection as they cross the Mecum auction block at Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Mecum Auction - Kookie's Kar The Famous T-Bucket That Sparked The Craze

Kookie’s Kar is unanimously regarded in the Hot Rod community as the catalyst of the T-bucket craze that overtook the custom auto industry in the mid- to late-1950s. Built by the late Norm Grabowski and later occupying a star-car role in the hit private detective series “77 Sunset Strip” as actor Edd Byrnes’ personal driver, “Kookie’s Kar,” as it came to be known, is an unquestionable icon among historically significant custom cars. Its sudden disappearance in the 1960s led to much speculation as to whether the car still existed at all, making its reemergence some 50-plus years later all the more intriguing.

Found carefully tucked away within the storage facilities of Ohio’s late Jim Street, as he was known, the car remains intact, still wearing its final iteration of customization. With its return to the spotlight this May 15-19, it’s time for a new owner to take hold of the torch and keep thriving the legacy of the one-and-only T-bucket revolution-starter: Kookie’s Kar.

Mecum Auction - Kookie's Kar The Famous T-Bucket That Sparked The Craze

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

Dates: May 15-19, 2018

Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online after May 14—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