The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California prepares for the next chapter of their classic car collection. It was recently announced that the art university has chosen to participate at Mecum’s “The Daytime Sale” Monterey auction. The auction company has informed that seven classic cars have been consigned into the auction happening from August 23 – 25.
The university owns a unique collection of cars operating at the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. The vehicles are said to be some of the rarest and most valuable in the world. Forbes states that the collection is valued to be worth over $70 million.
A 1929 Duesenberg Model J is one of the vehicles sent to auction and it is expected to sell for $1 million or more. The benefits of Mecum’s Monterey auction allows the university to mix up their classic car inventory and include a modern touch to the collection.
Founded by Richard S. Stephens, prior art director of Sunset magazine, and his wife Clara, the university remains as part of the Stephens legacy. Today, Elisa Stephens, the granddaughter of the founders, sits as president of the university while it continues to be passed down from generation to generation.
Stephens tells classicscars.com that they are planning on making the museum available to the public and the addition of contemporary vehicles will interest a wider range of people. The classic cars museum includes around 250 cars and has been available only to students learning the craft or in some cases, by appointment.
The automobile museum offers hands-on experience that students studying car design and restoration need. The university also shares the museum with their students studying fashion design. The courses in industrial design included in their curriculum have proven to inspire some fashion design students to become interior car designers after graduation.
The Academy of Art University is a private, for-profit art school with regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university offers around twenty-five subjects including architecture, fine arts and fashion design for students to develop their skills. The expansion of the automobile museum is simply one way the university provides a modern platform for learning to its students.