A red 1968 Ford Mustang, green 1968 MGB convertible and a white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle are just some of the offerings at the Salvation Army of Augusta’s auto auction Saturday. These autos, along with 50 other vehicles and boats, will go to the highest bidder.
“We always have cars, trucks and such. But, we have some really interesting ones that will make nice projects,” said John Sebby, the development director for The Salvation Army of Augusta.
Auction proceeds support the organization’s substance abuse rehabilitation program. The events are held several times each year, and auction winners can write off the purchase on their taxes.
Originally scheduled for early June, Saturday’s auction was postponed six weeks because of changes in the organization, Sebby said. The additional time brought in more interesting donations likely to attract higher amounts from bidders.
The classic cars were donated by different owners, Sebby said. Some were sitting in garages and owners hadn’t done much to fix them up, he said.
Bidders are encouraged to inspect the inventory during preview days, which began Wednesday and continue through Friday. The auction yard is located behind a locked gate at the Center of Hope, 1384 Greene St.
During preview days, prospective bidders can crank the engines and look under the hoods, Sebby said. The auction begins at 10 a.m., and there is not time to inspect vehicles beforehand.
“We sell a car a minute,” he said.
A 1985 and 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet, 1998 Land Rover, 2003 Chevy pickup and three boats, including a 1987 Carver Montego Cabin Cruiser, are also up for bids.