SG Auction hosts with friends in Winona for fall auction – Features ‘best selection’ yet

By : 
Jordan Gerard

SG Car Auction is taking its fall classic car auction down the road to Winona this weekend, Oct. 12-13.

The auction company has teamed up with Remlinger Muscle Cars, a restoration company in Winona founded in 2004 by Jim Remlinger. 

Not only do they restore classic muscle cars, they also repair large motor homes and semis at their facility in Winona.

At Spring Grove’s first auction, Remlinger brought a car to sell, and it’s been a good friendship ever since.

“We’ve just been getting together,” JC Nerstad, SG Auction co-founder said. “We’re really good friends with them.”

In fact, SG Auction’s co-founder Dave Hanner works for Remlinger.

In addition to restoring classic cars, there’s also a small museum at the front of the facility featuring classic cars. People will be able to tour that on auction days for $10. 

This auction is already at capacity, and Nerstad said they expect between 230 to 250 cars to be run through the auction block.

“We’re really excited about that,” he said. “It’s the best selection of cars we’ve ever had.”

Interest in the auction has been shown from Canada, Great Britain, Florida, Texas, New York and California. A few have even flown in to preview the cars before the auction.

Some of those cars include a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, which is the biggest car on the list at the moment, Nerstad said. 

On the spoiler, it features a graphic of the familiar “Meep meep!” roadrunner cartoon character. This car has a lot packed into it including “the correct “U” code 440 cubic inch engine (E86) moving the factory rated 375 hp to the correct 3:54 geared (D56) Sure Grip differential (D91) through a 4 speed manual transmission (D21). Keeping the factory rated 375 hp under control, this Bird is fitted with the A33 Track Pak which includes power brakes with front 10” discs (B41), HEMI suspension (S15), firm ride shocks (S25) and a front sway bar (S31),” according to the website.

Another sharp car is the 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, which is just one of 815 produced. “The car comes complete with the correct air cleaner and triple-carburetor induction system which helps get all that power to the rear wheels through a 4 speed automatic transmission,” the website stated. It also has a working hard top to switch to a convertible.

The car also started with a Desert Bronze, Code 98 exterior, but now sports a beautiful blue color. President Dwight D. Eisenhower supported the car and rode to his inauguration ceremony in an Alpine White staff convertible.

Other notable cars include a 1962 Corvette Fuelie, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Shelby Cobra, 1968 Dodge Super bee and a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

In this season’s lineup, there’s a good selection of classic trucks such as the 1951 Chevrolet truck, a 1971 Ford F-100 coming in from Texas and a nice selection of Ford F-100s.

There are four collections to be sold also. One features all street rods while another features 50s era cars that their owners drive to shows instead of trailering them.

If you’re a fan of Thunderbirds, look no further, as four top condition Ford Thunderbirds will be sold on Oct. 12-13. These include the 1958 model, 1957 Thunderbird E Code, 1956 model and 1957 Thunderbird D Code.

Finally, a nearly 20-car collection will run at no reserve from Major Eugene Severn. Severn is a retired Air Force pilot with 22 years of flying experience.

He started his collection with the Dodge Coupe D-14 and the 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk while stationed in Texas. His love of classic cars grew to 20 in his collection.

Not only did he collect classic cars, but airplanes as well. In that collection, he owned and operated a 1946 Cessna 120, 1949 Cessna 140A, 1950 Swift and a Culver Cadet.

The auction

As with all Spring Grove Auctions, registration for a bidder number is free, as well as just admission to the auction to see these classic vehicles. The venue can hold up to 3,000 people.

Ground Round restaurant is catering the event. A full bar will be available, including a Bloody Mary bar. On Friday, Ground Round food stand will open at 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will open at 10 a.m.

A portion of proceeds from T-shirt sales and museum admissions will go to the Freedom Honor Flight this year.

VIP passes can also be purchased for $50. It comes with a lanyard and VIP badge, VIP seating, SG Auction T-shirt and koozie, Saturday morning breakfast, one meal voucher each auction day, five drinks each auction day and admission to Remlinger Muscle Car Museum.

“We’ve hit the top of fall foliage in a gorgeous location for the auction,” Nerstad said.

The auction will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13. The venue is located at 3560 Service Drive (off Highway 61 North) in Winona.

Visit to register to bid, view the listings, collections and more information.