For sale: ‘Wayne’s World’ cars, free roof and floor holes included – Chicago Tribune
For sale: two classic cars. Some rust. No engines or seats. 26-inch holes in the roofs and floors. Formerly impaled on a giant spike. No tire kickers.
That — pretty much — is the pitch for two vehicles that once formed the uppermost part of “The Spindle,” the iconic 50-foot Berwyn sculpture of stacked cars on a stick, made famous by the 1992 Mike Myers comedy “Wayne’s World.”
The Berwyn Arts Council took possession of the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and 1976 BMW 2002 when the sculpture was taken down by the owners of the Cermak Plaza shopping center in 2008. It had hoped to restore the sculpture but says it can no longer afford to store the cars. So it put them on eBay.
“We’re hoping someone can restore them, ideally as they were when Dustin Shuler made the sculpture in 1989, or as a second option, get them back on the road,” said John Fey, 70, a board member of the arts group.
Asked who might have a use for cars with no motor, giant Fred Flintstone-style holes in the floor and a permanent, circular sunroof, Fey laughed and said that was “an open question.” An attempt to sell the entire sculpture on eBay in 2008 failed, due to the high cost of moving it.
But Fey said the cars’ provenance is something collectors should be drawn to, despite the cars’ poor condition. Any funds raised will be used to support Berwyn arts programming, he added.
As of Tuesday lunchtime, with two days to go until the auction closes early Thursday evening, bidding for the vehicles, which come as a pair, was up to $910, still well shy of the $5,000 minimum the seller is willing to accept.
While the other six cars stacked lower on the spire were long ago crushed, Fey said he can put the winning bidder in touch with the owner of the 50-foot spike, which still exists. That means a brave and deep-pocketed buyer could attempt to rebuild the sculpture in their backyard, subject to local zoning requirements.