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Grateful Dead Art Car: The Ultimate Trip, Man

Rock music is here to stay, with heavy hitters like The Grateful Dead going down in rock ‘n’ roll history. Perhaps the holy grail of any rock ‘n’ roll collection or piece of Grateful Dead memorabilia lies in one culturally historic automobile, known as “The Dred.” It is very rare in today’s collecting world that a music celebrity-owned, iconic and culturally important automobile shows up after 45 years. “The Dred” represents a frozen moment in time that references the Summer of Love of 1966, the early Grateful Dead, Owsley, LSD, rock ‘n’ roll music and ‘60s automobile art cars. Michaan’s is pleased to present such a historic automobile at auction on November 6, 2014.


"The Dred" estimated at $300,000-500,000

“The Dred” estimated at $300,000-500,000


She's got four of 'em...

She’s got four of ’em…

The Grateful Dead’s newly discovered first band truck from 1966 is an über important collector vehicle. It is an automotive representation of a historical time, complete with the key players of the counterculture revolution. Originally purchased by Owsley Stanley in 1966 to move The Grateful Dead’s band equipment, Owsley (known as the father of LSD) was also The Dead’s first manager and original soundman. The infamous automobile was Owsley developed, along with the drug LSD and the notorious Wall-of-Sound audio equipment for The Dead. The Studebaker truck became the first of The Grateful Dead’s early “Caravan of Six” band vehicles, which included The Dead’s original Sweet Magnolia tour bus. Dead Heads may also remember the lyric from the song “Truckin”: “…what a long, strange trip it’s been…” and fondly link it to “The Dred.”

Pretty as she is comin' and goin'....

Pretty as she is comin’ and goin’….

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at when it becomes available. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on October the 31st to November the 2nd, as well as the day of sale, November 6, 2014. “The Dred” will also be made available to view at Michaan’s Annex warehouse on October the 5th, November the 2nd and by appointment. Mid-century modern inquiries can be made to Mr. Greg Favors at (510) 227-2524. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Michaan’s Annex warehouse is located at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.