Thursday, May 15, 2014


#1 Blogdaughter sends in a story about a truly amazing find.

Incredible car collection uncovered after 61 years
A collection of more than 200 historic cars hidden from public view for 61 years will be crossing the auction block in Oklahoma next month.

The cars belonged to Oliver Jordan, who ran a salvage business in the city of Enid from 1945 to 1953, when he locked it up during a zoning dispute that lasted for years.
Sadly, the cars were left out in a field, exposed to the elements, so a good deal has been lost. Upholstery, glass, wiring; the ravages of time have not escaped these vehicles:

But brother, what stories these cars could tell...

There's a pair of "blackout" models from during WWII, when the war effort mandated that models eschew the traditional chrome trim. There are numerous one-of-a-kind models, all rusted and badly decomposed. Oh, sure, there's more mundane cars to be certain - like a 1937 Cord Model 812 Supercharged Beverly sedan - all heavily damaged from weather.

It's a glimpse into a different time, a radically different world. When these cars were new, mainly the 1930s through early 1950s, America at the time looked much different than the America of today. We were gearing for war, and pulling out of the Great Depression; yet we were a divided nation. I have a friend who will most likely be following the auction - and if I know him, will most likely buy something and restore it.

Now, where did I put that spare lottery ticket?

That is all.


Ted said...

They are going to need that lottery money because the probability of getting upside down in restoration cost on that era cars approaches certinty since all the probable buyers from that era are rapidily dieing off.

The Neon Madman said...

Years ago, the missus and I rode Amtraks' Empire Builder out to Glacier Park. What struck me was that after crossing the Missouri river, the train started to go through the back 40 of what seemed like every ranch in the West. And parked right next to the train tracks, in every back 40, was every car that the rancher had ever owned, lined up neat and straight. A guy with a carhauler and a pocket of $100 bills could probably have a field day with a little searching and negotiating.