After the surprising announcement of the closure of Australia’s oldest Holden museum, collectors and car enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the upcoming auction where they will have the opportunity to bid on a piece of automotive history. The National Holden Motor Museum, located in Echuca on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, will offer a wide range of items for sale, including cars, motorcycles, signage, factory accessories, prototypes, and automotive memorabilia.
However, it is important to note that most of the vehicles currently on display are on loan and will not be available for purchase at the auction. Instead, these vehicles are likely to be relocated to other museums across the country, ensuring that they can still be appreciated by the public.
The closure of the National Holden Motor Museum was a difficult decision for its owners, Tony and Mark Galea. In an emotional Facebook post, they expressed their hope of keeping the museum open but mentioned the impact it had on their personal lives. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to find a serious buyer for the museum.
The auction house Burns & Co will be responsible for cataloging the museum’s contents and conducting the auction. The cataloging process is expected to begin in mid-April, with an online preview available later that month. Lot inspections will take place on May 17, allowing potential buyers to examine the items before the auction takes place on May 18, 2024.
The closure of the National Holden Motor Museum is a bittersweet moment for car enthusiasts. While it marks the end of an era, it also presents a unique opportunity for collectors to own a piece of Australia’s automotive history. As the auction approaches, anticipation grows among those eager to see which items will find new homes and continue to be cherished in the years to come.