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.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:
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.
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.