149 cars seized from defunct solar company head to auction
DC Solar had a massive car collection, but the themes are a little hard to pin down
This weekend the U.S. Marshals Service will auction off the single largest car collection the agency has ever offered at auction, “thanks” to the demise of DC Solar and the federal investigation and prosecution that stemmed from that case. The details of the case are a little complicated, with a number of defendants already having pleaded guilty to various charges while other individuals remain uncharged, but the gist is that the company was a startup that sought to lease mobile solar generators to various vendors and sought financing from investors to begin operations.
What happened between the start of the company and the seizure of some 149 cars is currently a matter of dispute in federal court, but in the meantime, one of the very real results of this case is the U.S. Marshals Service seized a large and surprisingly eclectic car collection that includes vehicles as mundane as Chevy Volts, but also about 10 classic Fiats, a bunch of Hummer H1s and a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am once owned by Burt Reynolds.
As far as collections go, it’s hard to pin down an overarching theme in this one, but let’s just say some items appear to have been impulse purchases, like a 1965 Plymouth Fury LAPD police car, while some sub-“themes” can be identified.
The dozen-ish vintage Fiats, for example, are one of the themes. The Mopars from the ’60s and ’70s are also a theme. The AM General Hummers are apparently another theme. We also counted at least a dozen Chevy Camaros of various vintages.
Then it gets weird. Apparently, someone liked Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica from the 1960s and purchased two of them. (The auction website calls them Autokraft Panoramicas, and we honestly don’t know why.) There’s also a 1939 Buick Roadmaster in the collection, in addition to a 1939 Cadillac Imperial Touring Sedan and a 1940 Cadillac Sedan deVille Limousine. Sounds like someone was putting together FDR’s presidential motorcade. A 1969 Nash Metropolitan, frankly, looks like another impulse purchase, but fits within the trend of small, cute cars.
It’s not all classics, however, as there are a few Teslas, the obligatory Hellcat, a Challenger SRT Demon, another Hellcat, a bunch of new Ram diesel trucks and a variety of modern sports cars. And a boat or two.
So if you’ve been looking for Autobianchi Bianchinas, this is your chance to get an Autobianchi Bianchina. Also, if you need a bunch of AM General Hummers for some kind of movie production set in the Middle East, this is probably the auction to attend. And if you’re looking for Mopar muscle, you should probably check out this collection, because there is a lot of classic Mopar muscle there.
The auction itself is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, in Woodland, California, but the lots will be open to online bidding, as well.