A Blast from the Past: Mecum announces auction on a retrofuturistic car from the 1950s
The auction house Mecum has announced sales to be held nearer to this summer centered on a most unique vehicle titled The Golden Sahara. The car is a prime example of how people who lived nearly 70 years ago envisioned the future of private transportation. It cost U.S. $25,000 to build at the time, which can be compared to $300,000 in modern money.
The Golden Sahara started as a simple 1953 Lincoln Capri Hardtop. Following a road accident, it was taken in by a then-famous car tuner George Barris. He redesigned the body virtually from scratch, installed an unusually shaped windshield and replaced a number of chromed parts with gilded ones.
The interior of the retrofuturistic Golden Sahara contains a radio, a mini bar, a car stereo and even a TV set – an unheard-of luxury back in the time. Among other things, it came equipped with remote control capabilities and a collision avoidance system, both of which were technological marvels at the time.
The starting price of the lot hasn’t been revealed yet.