Academy of Art University

Poppin’ Wheelies With The Academy of Art University

San Francisco’s very own Academy of Art University collection has seen fit to put on display seven classic automobiles at a special auction through popular vendor Mecum. The event will take place at the “Day Auction” in Monterey on August 23-25.

The university has been pretty much a family affair since its inception in 1929 by Richard Stephens and his wife Clara. Their son Richard succeeded his parents after they passed away and he, in turn, was succeeded by his daughter Elisa.

Elisa explained in a recent interview that most of the cars in the collection are pre-war vehicles and the ones being sold will make room for more contemporary cars that the current students will be more likely to identify with. Not only does the school offer automobile design courses but they also offer programs for vehicle restoration. While the vehicles of the past can certainly inspire today’s students, they still need to focus on more contemporary designs to ensure they can design cars for the future.

The university has grand plans to open up the collection to the public so the administration feels there is a need to add some more contemporary vehicles to appeal to a broader base.

The vehicles being put up for auction are part of a group display which has been previously designated as “Art On Wheels.” The vehicles to be included are as follows: 1929 Duesenberg Model J

1932 Packard Eight 902

1936 Packard Super Eight 1404

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K

1940 Packard Super Eight

1940 Cadillac Series 75

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

More information can be found by contacting either the Academy of Art University or by contacting the auction house directly. No matter which way you learn about the cars, it is definite that they will fetch a pretty penny.