May 25, 2014
Over 200 Historic Cars Found, Headed To Auction Block
Most car enthusiasts, me included, delight over classic and historic models from the early 1900s, all the way to the muscle cars of the 1960s – 70s. We go to car shows, read magazines and visit websites that feature these types of amazing vehicles just to get a glimpse of their beauty.
Recently, a collection of 220 historic cars was discovered that had been locked away for the last 61 years. The cars belonged to Oliver Jordan from Oklahoma. Oliver operated a salvage yard from 1945 to 1953. Upon closing his yard, he erected fences and barbed wire to keep the cars from view.
Oliver eventually died in 2004 at the age of 95. Ruby Jordan, Oliver’s widow, passed away in the fall of 2013, leaving her grandson to oversee the sale of the estate. All the cars have been consolidated into one yard and are set to go on the auction block on June 7, 2014, on-site and online. VanDerBrink Auctions is handling the sale and naming it a customizer’s dream.
The location for the auction is 508 E. South Gate Road, Enid, Oklahoma 73701, but also will be held online. It is to be held on Saturday June 7, 2014 with opening bids at 9:30 am (CST). The complete list of cars, terms, fees, photos and more information can be on the VanDerBrink website.
The majority of the cars are from 1930s and 1940s. A rare 1917 Maxwell is the oldest car in the collection, and an aluminum-bodied 1937 seven-passenger Lincoln Limo is another rare find. It is believed to be only one of the remaining five of the 6o Limos produced. Another rare vehicle is a 1937 Cord Model 812 Supercharged Beverly Sedan. Two “blackout specials” — one Ford and one Chevy, both built during World War II when restrictions were implemented on the use of ornamental shiny metal parts by the government – will also be in the auction.
Another rare 1937 vehicle in the collection was a model produced by Hudson. It is a TerraPlane Super Six, which doesn’t have a hood. Also, Oliver’s first tow truck, a 1929 Ford Model A will be part of the sale. Some of the other vehicles include several Cadillac V-12s from 1935 to 1941, a 1931 Continental Devaux four-door sedan, a 1924 Rollin and four antique tractors from WC Allis, Case and Farmall.
There are around 50 complete vehicles from Ford and Lincoln with dozens more for parts ranging from 1929 to 1949. Chevrolet and GMC have over 20 vehicles from 1930 to 1967. Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick have around the same amount from 1935 to 1949. Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth have 15 vehicles ranging from 1935 to 1941. Many other rare and not so well known vehicles, along with hundreds of parts, make up the remaining lot.
Over the years, Oliver sold a few of the vehicles. If you were interested in one of the cars, he would make you a take-it-or-leave-it offer with no dickering, according to auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink. Unfortunately, most of the vehicles are now well-rotted, however, many could be a goldmine for hot-rodders, collectors and restorers alike.
Image Credit: VanDerBrink Auctions LLC