SG Auction kicks off eighth year with three locations, many vehicles

By: 
Jordan Gerard

The classic car auctions with integrity has a new headquarters and new location for its eighth year of helping classic car lovers find their perfect classic car.

The new headquarters is the former Roverud Construction building east of Spring Grove. 

Owners JC Nerstad and Dave Hanner have been busy remodeling the building and repaving the driveway in preparation for the first car auction of 2019, which is Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, in Spring Grove.

Admission to both days of the auction is free. It is also no charge to register as a bidder.

On Friday, the gates open at 8 a.m., giving bidders and/or classic car fanatics a chance to see the cars and trucks that will cross the auction block throughout the two days.

Bidding starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, along with the food stand and cash bar. On Saturday, the gates open at 8 a.m. and the bidding starts at 11 a.m.

Saturday will also feature a free breakfast for all registered bidders and consigners, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Online bidding is also available through Proxibid again, for those who can’t attend the auction. 

Bidding has already begun online but won’t be finalized until the vehicle crosses the block. Online bidding also competes with real-time bidding at the auction. 

Apparel will be available again this year, with donations going to the Ronald McDonald House and Freedom Flight. 

Kody Steele of Motormouth Entertainment will provide entertainment with his comedic antics and jokes. Catering is by Kris Weidl this year.

VIP passes

Two different VIP passes are available this year for $100 and $500 (platinum). 

The $100 level provides a lanyard and VIP bid badge, VIP Seating, VIP Parking, free SG Auction Baseball Hat, $10 credit SG Auction apparel (free shirt), Saturday morning breakfast, one meal voucher and five drinks each auction day.

The platinum package provides VIP access for all three auctions, VIP seating and parking, SG Auction work shirt, swag bag and unlimited meals and drinks each auction day. 

Moving on up

SG Auction expects close to 300 cars to cross the auction block for the two days in Spring Grove. Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend.

“The Winona auction put us on the map last year,” Hanner said. “We sold $2.6 million worth of cars.”

One notable collection that will be selling at the auction is the two cars of David and Phyllis Beckman, of Onalaska, Wisconsin. 

The Beckmans own a 1931 Ford Model A Tudor and a 1957 Chevrolet 210. Both will sell with no reserve.

The cars have been a part of their lives for the last five decades, according to sgauction.net. Both have won several trophies at car shows throughout the years in western Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.

But more than the trophies are the memories of enjoying the cars. Friends and family have built a lifetime of memories with the Beckmans and their cars. 

In addition, David researched and kept meticulous records of each car, and then authored a 50-page document on the 1931 Ford and a 30-page document on the 1957 Chevrolet.

He explains his and his family’s personal history with each car and how the restoration and the mechanical work were done.

Due to a bout with pulmonary fibrosis, the Beckmans decided to pass on the cars to others who will enjoy them as much as they have.

“We’ve got really nice stuff this year,” Hanner said. “There’s better cars in this auction than any other previous auction.”

So in addition to the Beckmans’ collection, other notable cars include an “extremely rare” 1969 Dodge Daytona, of which only 503 cars were produced in 1969.

Also crossing the auction block is a 1970 Plymouth Cuda convertible, 1969 1/2 Plymouth Roadrunner A12 and a 1969 Road Runner Hemi.

As for other brands, there are two 1957 Thunderbird E-Code convertibles available, one 1955 Chevy Bel-Air convertible Resto Mod, a 1968 Camaro Z28 and a 1965 Corvette.

There are also about 20 different Ford Mustangs made throughout the years, including oldies to newbies (from 1965 to 2008).

Visit sgauction.net to see the full listing of cars in Spring Grove this year.

Hanner said cars could sell anywhere from $500 to $300,000, depending on the vehicle. But more than the price is the time and dedication SG Auction has put into their auctions.

“SG Auction is proud to bring national attention to our hometown of Spring Grove, Minnesota,” Hanner said. “We’ve got buyers and sellers coming from all over the country.”

Nerstad added the addition of the headquarters will be good for the auction company and for the town.

“We’re helping put the town on the map, with the national advertising we’re doing,” he said. 

Cars will also be sold throughout the year at the Spring Grove location.

With the success of the Spring Grove location in past years and the success of the Winona location last year, SG Auction added a far out new location this year in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

“A friend of ours, Dave Hall, of Restore A Muscle Car ... he’s wanted to do an auction in Lincoln for years,” Hanner told the Herald. “And after our last auction in Winona ... we mutually decided we’re going to do one in Lincoln.”

He added with Hall’s support the Lincoln auction has the potential to be the best auction the company has ever hosted. If that location goes well, the auction company would continue to host auctions there.

Hall has also been a guest on TV shows like “Gas Monkey Garage.” 

The Lincoln auction dates are July 19 and 20, while Winona will be hosted again at Remlinger Muscle Cars on Oct. 17, 18 and 19. 

The auction company has certainly grown from the first auction in Spring Grove. The sponsorship has tripled since the beginning.

“A lot of it is we’ve put in time and paid our dues doing this,” Hanner said. “We’ve networked with a lot of people throughout the years and created a name for ourselves locally and nationally. Every auction we do keeps getting better because of that.”

Visit sgauction.net to see the full listing of vehicles available at the Spring Grove location, or visit their Facebook page, YouTube or Instagram channels to keep up with the latest auction news.