Manheim Darlington celebrates 75 years of service
Manheim Darlington – the longest-running used vehicle auction – celebrated its 75thanniversary on May 17 by hosting a special Diamond Jubilee Sale. The auction, which evolved from Clanton’s Auto Auction established in 1943 with a single lane, now operates 12 lanes and digital channels facilitating the sale of 1,200 vehicles per week.
Month-long festivities supporting their 75thanniversary included holding four special sales on May 14, 16, 17 and 21 offering 2,000+ units, hosting a dealer appreciation event, auctioning off a Polaris ATV with $9,300 going to the American Red Cross. To top it all off, Gary’s Auto Sales was the lucky recipient of a restored 1975 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck!
“Our seven decades of success would not be possible without our team members, loyal clients and community support,” says Manheim Darlington General Manager Danny Brawn. “This historical milestone allows us to reflect on how it all started, as well as consider the exciting possibilities ahead.”
With 125+ acres serving dealer clients across the country, Manheim Darlington is recognized for its growth, innovation and commitment to the community. Its Retail Solutions facility — spanning 48,000 square-feet and featuring 32 lifts, two four-car paint booths and a state-of-the-art Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite — is one example. And just last year, the location added a roof-top solar installation consisting of 768 panels to the main auction building and Retail Solutions facility. The solar array produces 370,000+ hours of electricity annually powering approximately 30 percent of the location’s energy needs.
“Equally as important as the way we serve clients and the industry is Manheim Darlington’s commitment to our community and charitable organizations,” adds Brawn. “Our operation has supported the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, the Darlington County Schools and Darlington County Fire and Safety.”