WILLIAMSPORT — Volunteer firefighters in Williamsport are hoping to get some funding assist because of a basic automobile.

The plan got here collectively when a state resident donated a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible to Williamsport Volunteer Fireplace & EMS. 

Jimmy Kimble, vp of the fireplace division, mentioned autos donated to the division are sometimes used for rescue observe. 

“This was very totally different,” Kimble mentioned in a information launch from Carlisle Auctions in Carlisle, Pa.

Kimble approached the public sale enterprise about promoting the automobile and giving the proceeds to the fireplace division.

Officers with Carlisle Auctions agreed and the automobile will likely be auctioned April 22 throughout a two-day public sale occasion on the Carlisle Expo Heart in Carlisle.

The homeowners of the automobile declined to be recognized for this story, Kimble mentioned. He mentioned the homeowners had the Cadillac because the early Seventies and it was saved within the Williamsport space for about 30 years. Kimble mentioned the homeowners donated the automobile after seeing an indication exterior the fireplace division stating it accepted donations of autos.

Kimble mentioned the Eldorado has its personal distinctive traits. Whereas there are some beauty blemishes, he outlined it as a “survivor” as a result of it has by no means been extensively modified.

With new tires, a cleaned-out gas system and a brand new convertible high motor, it is an ideal approach to “put the highest down, and exit for a pleasant Sunday drive,” Kimble mentioned.

Proceeds from the sale will assist the fireplace division with tools wants reminiscent of the acquisition of a brand new ladder truck for the native fireplace division and different tools.

Kimble mentioned the sale is a major enhance for the division as a result of it needed to briefly cease its bingo video games, a most important fundraiser for the division, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The bingo video games not too long ago resumed.

Folks can register to bid for the Eldorado by calling 717-960-6400. Bids may be provided on-line at https://carlisleauctions.com, by telephone or in individual on the day of the public sale.

Michael Garland, spokesman for Carlisle Auctions, mentioned public sale organizers are excited in regards to the sale. In some charity auctions, successful bidders have donated autos again on the spot to allow them to be auctioned once more to lift extra money for the charity, he mentioned. 

Tony Cline, director of public sale operations for Carlisle Auctions, inspired people to “bid with their hearts” on the automobile.

Carlisle Auctions affords a whole lot of basic autos on the market in auctions 4 instances a yr in Carlisle and Lakeland, Fla.

The 2-day public sale occasion will likely be held along with Spring Carlisle, one of many largest car flea markets on this planet.