A piece of history from Chatham’s automotive heritage will be going on the auction block this weekend.
John Benedict of Maple City Auction Services said he’s received instructions to sell a scale manufactured by William Gray and Sons just before the company switched to car manufacturing.
The famed Gray-Dort Motors plant located at the corner of William and Wellington streets, produced some 26,000 vehicles 1915 to 1925. They are highly prized collectibles.
The Chatham-Kent Museum has in its collection a 1919 Gray Dort Model 11 Touring, one of less than 100 cars still in existence from the factory.
“We received the scale from a local collector who’s making a bit of room at his place,” Benedict said.
Even though the piece hasn’t been prepped in any way for sale, Benedict said he believes it will attract interest.
“The scale looks like it came off the shop floor yesterday,” he said.
Although Gray and Sons had it’s headquarters in Chatham, it had branch operations in Manitoba and Moose Jaw, Sask.
The Chatham-Kent museum has a detailed history of the company on its webpage.
The auction will go live Sunday. For more information go to maplecityauctionservices.ca