Miller & Miller’s December 3 online auction will feature exceptional automobiles, signs and toys


Supertest (“Canada’s All-Canadian Company”) 1940s round, double-sided porcelain gas station sign, 5 feet in diameter, in original ring (est. CA$7,000-$9,000).
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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – The Chevrolet brand will take center stage in an online auction of automobiles, advertising and toys scheduled for Saturday, December 3 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in the form of A 1963 Corvette ‘split-window’ coupe and a ‘Super Service’ Chevrolet dealership neon sign are the best expected bundles. The auction will begin at 9 a.m. sharp EST.

The 241 lots in the sale come from the lifetime collection of the late Gary Archer, a renowned but obscure collector who aggressively sought out gas pumps, petroliana advertising, automobilia, soda signs and toys, but who rarely parted with anything. “Anyone who knew Gary will tell you the same thing: nothing was ever for sale,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

Mr Miller added: “When I first went down to Gary’s basement my jaw dropped. I saw the Chevrolet dealership sign and so many others. No one knew about this collection. This auction represents the best of everything he’s ever bought, in one sale. The 1963 Corvette with double windows had been stored in the same place since 1983. It doesn’t get better than that.

Auto enthusiasts know the ’63’ split-window well as one of the rarest and most coveted Corvettes. Mr. Archer imported his from the United States in 1983 and stored it as an investment in a dry, heated garage. Prior to this, the car received a cosmetic restoration which included a color change from seat tan to red and an interior update which included new seat covers and carpets.

The 350 ci engine not running and not tested circa 1970 is a replacement. The car was one of 278 produced with air conditioning; one of 629 with fully tinted glass; and one of 3,742 with power windows. It retains the original Powerglide automatic transmission and vintage Kelsey-Hayes knockoffs. The car is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000.

Indian Motorcycle prismatic panel, made in America in the 1940s, celluloid on embossed tin backed by cardboard, rare, 11 ¾ inches by 6 ¾ inches (est. CA$2,000-$3,000).
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

All quoted estimates are in Canadian dollars.

The Chevrolet “Super Service” dealership neon sign, made in America in the 1940s, is single-sided porcelain and measures an impressive 42 inches by 49 inches. It is marked on the lower edge, “Walker & Co., Detroit.” There are some minor porcelain bleeds and a light even chalk creating a dull sheen, but it’s still expected to fetch between $12,000 and $15,000.

A 1940s porcelain Supertest (“Canada’s All-Canadian Company”) gas station sign, round and 5 feet in diameter and in the original ring, marked “P&M Orillia”, is expected to fetch between 7 $000 and $9,000; while a larger Supertest double-sided porcelain sign, also round, 6 feet in diameter and made in the 1950s, in the original aluminum ring with hangers, with only minor porcelain loss, should reach $5,000 to $7,000.

A 5-foot single-sided porcelain sign (Canadian, 1930s) of the Red Indians (“Gasoline/Motor Oils”), inscribed “The WF Vilas Co. Limited, Cowansville, PQ”, is expected to cost between 6,000 $ and $8,000. Additionally, a Chrysler Plymouth (“Approved Service/Fargo”) double-sided porcelain dealership sign, 44 ½ inches by 41 ½ inches, should fetch $4,000 to $6,000.

A Bennett model 541 Fina gas pump (Canadian, 1940s), made from pressed steel and labeled “SSE Bennett ECO Service Station Equipment Co. Ltd.”, measuring 73 inches and bearing advertising decals in Fina colors in service , has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Additionally, a double-sided Anglo-American (“B/A”) porcelain sign (Canadian, 1954), 66 inches in diameter and marked “P&M Orillia 54” on the lower edge, is expected to fetch between $3,000 and $4. $000.

5-foot single-sided porcelain sign of Red Indians (“Gasoline/Motor Oils”) (Canadian, 1930s), marked “The WF Vilas Co. Limited, Cowansville, PQ” (estimated CA6,000 – $8,000 ).
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A round White Rose double-sided porcelain gas station sign with very good color and shine (Canadian, 1940s), in a steel frame, 48 inches in diameter, is expected to sell for $2,500-$3,500 ; while a Georges Carette & Co. #50 lithographed tin toy car (French, 1910s), with original painted driver and passengers, removable headlights and luggage rack, original wheels and rubber, mechanically running, has a pre-sale estimate of $2,500 to $3,500.

An Indian Motorcycle prismatic panel, made in America in the 1940s (“Genuine Indian Accessories / The Complete Quality Line”), celluloid on embossed tin backed by cardboard, rare, 11 ¾ inches by 6 ¾ inches, is expected to cost $2,000 at $3,000. Additionally, a McColl-Frontenac (Canadian, 1930s) double-sided porcelain sign, 20 inches by 13 inches (“Authorized Charge Accounts Honored Here”), is expected to fetch $2,500 to $3,000.

A single-sided Orange-Crush (American, 1948) lithographed tin sign, 16 ¾ inches by 46 ½ inches, embossed (“Feel Fresh! Drink Orange-Crush Carbonated Beverage”), marked “B-942 Made in USA Stout 10 – 48”, should go up to $2,000 – $2,500; and a Ford Agency (“The Universal Car”) double-sided porcelain winged pyramid sign (Canadian, ca. 1912-1917), with some porcelain loss, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-2,500 $.

This is an online-only event, but bidders can tune into the live webcast on auction day to watch lots close in real time. Internet auctions will be conducted via www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com, plus LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and correspondence bids will be accepted. Here is a link to the auction: https://live.millerandmillerauctions.com/auctions/4-7BEENH/automobiles-advertising-toys-the-gary-archer-collection.

Live gallery previews will be held November 30 and December 1 and 2, from noon to 5 p.m. daily at the Miller & Miller Showroom, 59 Webster Street, New Hamburg, Ontario. This auction concludes Miller & Miller’s calendar of events for 2022. Next year it will go out in full force with an online-only sale of promotional and historic items on Saturday January 21 and a Canadiana auction and popular art on Saturday, February 11. Watch the website for more details.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high value collections and always accepts quality shipments. The company specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.

To consign a unique piece, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can email them to [email protected] Learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the December 3 auction, please visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

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