As it’s hotter than the sun right now, ice cream is seldom far from our thoughts here at The Status Life right now and if you’re fancying a change of pace and want to embark on a vintage career, this quality 1936 Twin Coach Helms Bakery Delivery Truck available from RM Sotheby’s could be for you.
This 1936 Twin Coach Helms Bakery Delivery Truck is an extremely rare surviving example of the fabled Helms Bakery delivery fleet and it is presented in a fantastic condition – hence the rather punchy price tag of between $90,000-$110,000. It has been beautifully restored in the bakery’s instantly recognisable yellow and blue livery and will definitely turn heads everywhere you go.
This lot from RM Sotheby’s is one of only 148 of these hard-working trucks that were made by Twin Coach of Ohio so you’re unlikely to encounter another one out there. It is accompanied by delightful accessories including Helms order sheets and mock baked goods, as well as a full history file. Worthy of special note is the “First and Finest on the Moon” poster witnessed on the driver’s door, which recalls a remarkable moment in Helms history; namely the fact that the company’s bread accompanied astronauts into space on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.
Helms made use of an array of delivery vehicles over the years, but it is these iconic Twin Coach trucks that have endured in the public memory. Whether you grew up hearing stories of the fabled Helms Bakery fleet, or perhaps even recall the days when these trucks were found on the streets of Southern California, this rare Twin Coach would make for a striking and historically notable addition to your lineup. Restored in its proper Helms livery, this rare survivor is sure to bring smiles—if not fresh-baked cookies and bread—to all who see it.
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