By now most of the hot rodding world has heard that the “Golden Sahara II” along with the rest of Jim Skonzakes’ collection (including the famed “Kookie Kar” T-bucket) are up for grabs at Mecum’s Indy auction, which runs May 15-20. Now there’s an opportunity to be among the first to see the Golden Sahara at a private unveiling this Monday, May 14th.

The Golden Sahara II, fresh from its late-’50s makeover at the hands of Bob Metz and Delphos Machine and Tool.

The Golden Sahara II, fresh from its late-’50s makeover at the hands of Bob Metz and Delphos Machine and Tool.

 

In addition to the Golden Sahara, Jim Skonzakes’ custom Chris-Craft Cobra is also being auctioned in Indy.

In addition to the Golden Sahara, Jim Skonzakes’ custom Chris-Craft Cobra is also being auctioned in Indy.

 

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and it’s exclusively for pre-registered bidders and Mecum Gold Members. If you’re planning to bid and haven’t already pre-registered, you can click here to do so now and you’ll receive full details about the unveiling. And for those who can’t make it, we’ll be broadcasting live from the party via social media, so stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

Though its brilliant pearl paint has yellowed, the Golden Sahara II is amazingly intact, awaiting restoration to its former glory.

Though its brilliant pearl paint has yellowed, the Golden Sahara II is amazingly intact, awaiting restoration to its former glory.

 

The Original Spring Classic Auction kicks off Tuesday, May 15 and runs through Sunday, May 20, with the Golden Sahara and Kookie Kar crossing the block on Saturday. In addition to those two icons, there are some other great hot rods and customs available. You can see the full catalog here, and if you won’t be in Indy you can watch the action live on the NBC Sports network.

After buying Norm Grabowski’s T-bucket in 1958, Skonzakes created this third version complete with a Larry Watson flame job.

After buying Norm Grabowski’s T-bucket in 1958, Skonzakes created this third version complete with a Larry Watson flame job.

 

Despite additional more radical modifications, the Kookie Kar, like the Sahara, is amazingly complete, right down to the Norm Grabowski skull shifter knob.

Despite additional more radical modifications, the Kookie Kar, like the Sahara, is amazingly complete, right down to the Norm Grabowski skull shifter knob.