The sale will be conducted by Tim’s, Inc., the Bristol-based auction firm. “This will be a discovery auction in the true sense of the word,” said Tim Chapulis of Tim’s, Inc. “Mr. Roy owned so many items in so many categories -- not just automotive – that people will literally be discovering items on the day of the sale. I’m still inventorying it. It’s almost overwhelming.”
Mr. Chapulis said this will be an old-fashioned on-site auction, with no Internet bidding. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted, however.
Hundreds of lots will cross the block, to include car and truck racing memorabilia, coins and currency (to include U.S. silver coins and Canadian proof and mint sets, early $2, $5, $10 and $100 bills, rare $1 silver certificates and more), a pair of slot machines, a mahogany phone booth, six bar stools, bar lights and bar collectibles, a Pro Shuffle Board bowling machine, an early kitchen cupboard (possibly from Canada), a dresser and beds.
Additional items will include stereo equipment and TVs, a washer and dryer, an iron patio set, a refrigerator, two floor jacks and more. Aside from the contents of the house, items from a packed workshop and garage will also come under the gavel. A preview will be held on the day of sale, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. The auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m. (EST).
The Chevy Novas are expected to be the headliners of the auction. Both were lovingly and painstakingly restored to their original glory by Mr. Roy, and both come from an era when American cars, and the Chevrolet brand, ruled the automotive landscape. 1962 was the first year for the Chevy II Nova, a compact car that Chevrolet manufactured in four generations until 1979.
Both of Mr. Roy’s Novas are four-door sedan hardtops. One is a Chevy II Nova 400 model with a 6-cylinder, 194-hp engine. It has a white body with a red accent stripe and a red and white interior. The other is a Chevy II Nova 300 model with a 6-cylinder, 230-hp engine. It is yellow with a yellow and black interior. Both automobiles are immaculate both inside and out.
The 1962 Chevy II Nova was never intended to be revolutionary in concept or execution (like the Corvair, Chevrolet’s other compact car from the era). The Nova’s mission was to give Chevy buyers a straightforward, back-to-basics compact car. But, in part because of its classic design and economical size, it became a car of choice among street rod conversion enthusiasts.
There will be two other vehicles offered in the auction, also both made by Chevrolet. One is a 1994 S-10 Blazer SUV, blue, in fine running condition and with a full plow and attachments. The other is a 1999 Express Gladiator van, white, with 57,055 miles, also in excellent running condition. Mr. Roy also collected sports cards and these will be offered, too, in multiple lots.
J. Alphonse (Al) Roy was born in Bristol on June 3, 1933 and never lived anywhere else. Prior to retiring and devoting time to his many hobbies, he owned the former Avenue News in town. He served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the St. Ann Church in Bristol. He passed away quietly on Sunday, Aug. 22, of this year.
Admittance to the auction and preview will be in the form of a suggested $5 donation for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chaplulis, Tim’s late father. To date, Tim’s, Inc. has proudly raised over $31,800 for the charity, which treats cancer patients regardless of their ability to pay. St. Jude Children’s Hospital was founded by the entertainer Danny Thomas.
Tim’s, Inc. is celebrating over 30 years in business (1979-2010). The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about Tim’s, Inc., and the Nov. 14 Roy estate sale, log on to www.timsauction.com.
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Ken Hall writes pre-sale and post-sale press releases for auction houses, for a fee. He writes, submits and tracks stories for clients. Submissions are published in trade magazines, posted on industry websites and appear in local newspapers.