Cessna Reveals Restored L-19, Dodge Auction Package

The restored 1959 Cessna L-19E "Bird Dog" to be auctioned at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, AZ on Saturday, January 18.

The other half of the auction package is the Dodge M37 three-quarter ton pickup truck restored and donated by a Cessna customer, Okoboji Classic Cars of Spencer, Iowa. “We have put more than 2,500 hours into restoring the M37 so far,” says Toby Shine, president of Okoboji Classic Cars and of Shine Bros. Corp. “We’d found it sitting in a field, so it is a complete frame-off restoration. It looks great painted in full Army livery, especially alongside the L-19. We feel it is our honor to be able to support our men and women in the Armed Forces, and our family business has done that for over a century. We are proud that the proceeds from this effort will go to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation.”

Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, says: “Over the 43 years of Barrett-Jackson, we’ve raised more than $57 million for local and national charities. Few causes are as close to our hearts as the Armed Forces Foundation. Barrett-Jackson’s auction block sits proudly under an American flag, and we are constantly reminded of the brave men and women who serve our great country. We’re honored to help our veterans.”

The L-19 and M37 package will be auctioned off in a live, prime time broadcast of the 43rd annual Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson event on the FOX Broadcast on Saturday, January 18.

Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO adds: “We salute the Armed Forces Foundation and the great work they do for American veterans. It will be an electric moment when these historical pieces cross the block. Not only do they represent the best in restoration, but they also serve as examples of the best in philanthropy. We are thrilled to support our national heroes.”

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