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Ebay auction fuels new Volo Auto showroom

Updated: December 28, 2012 6:15AM

VOLO — Money raised from an online car auction will be used for new Volo Auto Museum space to appeal to children.

The museum’s celebrity car auction on eBay generated nearly $260,000 from the eight cars placed up for auction, according to Museum Director Brian Grams. Included in the sale was the 1979 Rolls-Royce that transported Princess Diana during her first visit to the United States. It sold for $122,300.

Other cars sold in the auction that ended Friday included a replica “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, $9,100; “Days of Thunder” Lumina, $17,500; and “XXX” GTO, $23,000.

“We’re happy with the results,” Grams said. “We traded off some of our inventory for a new showroom.”

Museum officials are pursuing permits from the village of Volo to break ground for a fifth showroom, planned for the hill just north of what is now Showroom 3. The museum, which features hundreds of classic, muscle and Hollywood cars, is located at 27582 Volo Village Road.

“It’s going to be geared more toward kids,” Grams said, adding the new showroom will feature both Hollywood cars from child-friendly films, as well as more interactive exhibits.

The expansion also will free up what currently is the museum’s most kid-friendly space — its round entryway display area — to become a more upscale exhibit hall for special events.

“We already bought the marble tile for the floor,” Grams said.

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