SARATOGA, N.Y. – Nearly all the parts on Bill Bennett's custom 1932 Ford pickup were built from scratch.
"We just kept on building and seven years later came out like this," said Bennett, a small business owner from Highland Mills. "There’s a lot of satisfaction doing something like this. When you turn the key and it starts, that it was all worth it."
With its unmistakable spider theme, Bennett hopes the truck will fetch a pretty penny during this weekend's Saratoga Auto Auction.
“It looks good. I would buy it if I didn’t own it,” Bennett joked Friday.
Bennett's truck is one of 300 classic, custom and modern cars and motorcycles on the auction block during Friday and Saturday's Saratoga Auto Auction at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
"You can definitely find anything you like from Model As and Model Ts to newer cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, a Porsche," said Carly Connors, the executive director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, which runs the auction.
“It's like paradise,” said Steve Montagna. “There are some beautiful cars."
Looking to buy, Montagna traveled in from Massachusetts.
"What piques my interest are cars that I remember when I was a kid,” Montagna said. “1950s cars, early 60s cars, cars that I remember when I was 10 years old."
The top sellers will fetch prices well into the six figures.
"It's exciting and it happens so fast, it is almost a little scary," Montagna said.
The auction serves as the Saratoga Automobile Museum's largest annual fundraiser; supporting its anti-distracted driving campaign.
"We have simulators that will show people how important is to put the phone down or put the food down and really pay attention to the road," Connors said.
For his part, Bennett will devote some of the proceeds the truck's sale to his non-profit that works with vets suffering from PTSD.
"When you’re helping people, the reward is the feeling you get, it’s amazing," Bennett said.
The chance to help others and a weekend with fellow car lovers is something he says can't be beat.
"If there is a heaven, I hope it is like this,” Bennett said. “This is what it should be, bikes and cars."
The auction runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday at SPAC.