The town of Colchester is looking to turn some old cars into cash as town officials are holding a silent auction Saturday to sell items as surplus for the town.
The gates at the auction, which is being held at the Town Garage, 300 Old Hartford Rd., will open at 8 a.m. for people to check the items out, and bidding will run from 8 a.m. until noon.
A silent auction is the opposite of a regular auction where people shout out bids and hope to win.
People hoping to go home with the goods will need to write their bid down, seal it in an envelope and hope they bid high enough.
Town officials will open the envelopes at noon and winners will need either cash, a certified check or money order. As for the money it makes, it will be put in the general fund.
"Many times that money that comes back in goes to equipment reserve and it's up to the board of finance and selectmen to decide how it's used totally," said Colchester Public Works Director James Paggioli.
Some of the items on the auction block include a 16-passenger bus with wheelchair access, a 1967 Stingray Corvette, an old police cruiser, a tri-axle dump truck and car parts.
"It was only used as a parade vehicle and it has gotten to the point where municipalities are not in the business of maintaining vintage Corvettes," Paggioli said.
Paggioli said the Corvette, which the police used as a D.A.R.E. Care, was confiscated from a drug bust. He said it has been appraised at anywhere from $20,000 to $36,000.
The surplus auction has everything from aluminum tool boxes, chainsaws, and even some old oil tanks.
"Some are bits and pieces that would be useful for contractors," Paggioli said.
As for the auction this weekend, Paggioli said it's a quick way for Colchester to come up with a little cash.
"It's an effort to get the most amount of money for things that are either surplus, they've outlived their life span or have become obsolete," Paggioli said.
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