There is a large estate auction of Dr. Ralph Cox, who operated a transportation museum back in the early 60's, this weekend. The sale is being run by Bonhams Auction Corp. The amount of model T vehicles and parts is staggering, along with many other vehicles, including a Model N and the rear entry 2 cylinder Model AC.
It's been discussed here previously Dave. Perhaps you missed it? Click here:
I certainly did miss it, as I have been very busy moving all of the vehicles from the barns that they have been sitting in for the past 45 years, and hauling them to a nearby airport hanger in which the auction is being held. The majority of the T's are very rough and seized tight. The International and the steam fire pump are outstanding, as is the N. It was pretty darn fun pulling all that stuff out of those barns!
Can you be a little more specific Dave? Time & location please. (address). I just got rid of a 40 year old modern Ford and I think the bugs-a-bittin' again. Weather isn't supposed to be too good on Sat but I'm up for a look.
It's at the Cape May County Airport in Rio Grande, NJ... Exit 4 off the Parkway. Take route 9 south for a mile and follow the signs for the Aviation Museum. Bonhams Auction company has rented the museum for the event and everything, except the largest trucks, will be inside the museum hanger.
Just got off the site. Pretty rough looking T's. Which only means they'll look worse up close. Pretty high asking prices too.
Just hop in the car and go...ha ha...thats usually when you get the best deals, when you least expect it.
I'm half inclined to do the same, just get up early, hop in the car and go and see what it is going to be like, see where it balances in at, something hangs cheap enough reach into my pocket.
Nothing there grabs me other than the Baldwin Steam engine and that ain't gonna happen
Sort of depends on the weather too...sure its inside which is nice, but it is a lousy almost 1.5 hour ride each way if it is raining out for me.
In giving it some thought over night I think I'm going to pass. The photos are telling. Not what I'd buy anyway. Add in 80+ miles one way, no body wants to go with me, I'm not looking for parts, bad weather, inflated asking prices, phone bidders and my perennial bad luck at auctions all spells a sleep-in morning. Some call them "barn finds" I call them "fire cars". That is they haven't actually been in a fire they just look like they have.
Not that my wife said I can't go, It's my weekend to work. Nice trip down south, weather should be improving..... plus lots of good seafood places, but I have to admit your table was one of the best!
Have fun this weekend & convey a "Happy Mother's Day" to your wife.
Thanks Bob. Just let her read it. Same to your Missus.
Can anyone who went post some pictures and the prices the Model T's sold for ? Be nice to know
Go to: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22174/
The prices are listed.
Looks like there were a few real deals. The T tudor for $2400 was a buy.
A complete Ruckstell for $750. That would have paid the day.
Would be fun to keep a copy of the sold list and track on ebay what the final selling price ends up at on some of the items. Looks like some good deals on the T stuff were to be had.
Buyer beware. At least one "early" Model T engine has a place to mount the starter.
Although I did not/could not attend the auction, I would extend kudos to Dave Young , his Company and crew, for their part in retrieving all auction items and transferring them to the auction site. My estimates/expectations in pricing was blown out of the water by the listed final selling prices on the vehicles.... only shows the quality offered that is not often conveyed in pictures.
Thanks Dave Young!
I wish I could have went, as well, but had other commitments