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Mecum expands to Northeast with four-day Harrisburg collector-car event

Robert Zubrickie of Lower Paxton Township plans to sell this 1998 Dodge Viper GTS at the Mecum Auctions event this month in Harrisburg. - (Photo / Courtesy of Mecum Auctions)

Robert Zubrickie grew up around cars, but he’s never been to an auction.

That will change in a week as Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, rolls into the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center for the first time — also its first Northeast venue.

Zubrickie, a manufacturing engineer from Lower Paxton Township, will not only be attending but also selling two cars at the four-day Mecum event Thursday through Sunday.

“I felt like this was a rare opportunity for the area and for me,” he said of the televised auction, which was announced at the end of last year.

He will part ways with a 1998 Dodge Viper GTS that he bought about six years ago, as well as a 1951 Mercury sedan.

The latter has been in his family since it rolled off the factory floor. His mother, Ruth, was the original owner.

The car was what initially attracted his father, Fred, to his mother.

“She was driving that car. He fell in love with the car and the girl,” Zubrickie said of his father, who had a service station in Rutherford. “I was one of three children, and all three went to kindergarten in that car.”

It also was used for a few weddings and other events, he said. But 30 years ago, after it was restored for the last time by his father, the car was parked.

Two years ago, his father passed away. Zubrickie, 54, who is selling the car to help his mother with retirement income, put about $2,000 into it to get it movable again for sale.

He’s hoping to get about $7,900 for the sedan and $35,000 to $40,000 for the Viper, which has a 617-horsepower supercharged engine and six-speed transmission.

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