Saturday morning I drove down to Cleveland for a big auction of hundreds of old cars and tractors, plus some parts. These big sales attract the folks with plenty of dough, but usually a few crumbs fall off the table for us little guys to lick up. Yvette Van Der Brink gets a lot of these big ones, and she advertises well, so it was quite a crowd that showed up. The traffic jam on the one-lane road was such that it was faster for me to park a quarter mile out and walk in. I got card #300, and more people arrived after me.
They started with the tractors, then sold cars. Most were potential major projects, or parts cars, that sold for little more than scrap, but I took pictures of some of the better items.
They did sell some of the parts before getting to the cars. This pile of frames went for $200. I didn't notice it at the time, but the thing I find striking in this picture is all the round middles.
This "1934 Model A" brought $9500.
A good 1927 TT went for $4500.
This 1927 coupe sold for $6250. It's going to Minnesota to be parted out.
A 1927 Tudor at $6000 is going with the coupe to be sold as parts.
This little Champ went to a local guy from Tulsa for $1000.
The 1929 Model A roadster went for $$10,750. It drove onto the trailer under its own power. The pickup went for $9250.
This Graham Brothers truck for $700 looks like it would be a good project.
These interesting wheels were on a Model T rear end. Looks like they originally had solid rubber tires.
The other auctioneers, Dale and Aaron, would stand about twenty feet apart, and sell choices of the parts between them. After the choices were gone, they'd sell the remainder all together as a lot. Yvette complained of not feeling very well, so I guess she wanted to finish in a hurry. She didn't bother with choices, but sold everything between her and Aaron as one lot. I had hung around to bid on a pile of about thirty rims and felloes, but I didn't need or want any of the other stuff with it. Besides that, I didn't have a trailer with me to haul the extra stuff if I had bought it. so I came away with nothing but pictures.
Thanks for the pictures and info.
Thanks very much for the pictures and text Steve!
Thanks for the pictures, Steve.
Sure is fun to look at the pictures.
That TT looked like a good deal, hopefully whoever got it frequents the forum and will keep us updated on its progress.
Shame the complete cars are getting parted out but at least they didnt go for scrap.
Yeah, thanks for inviting us along on your auction. I greatly enjoyed the pictures. I'm thankful for the MN '26-'27 parting out enthusiast. I got a really rare '26 headlamp bar from him. .
Yup,Thank's for the pictures!! That Graham Brothers truck looked like the buy of the day! Was the Model A a 30 or 31? Bud.
Hey Steve, don't forget that a bad day looking at T stuff is still better than a good day at work
That yellow Model A coupe was actually a 1931 and looks to be in good condition. Whoever got it got a bargain unless the engine is no good.
The Model T Coupe and tudor look good enough to restore. Too bad they will be parted out. But I guess if someone is just interested in making money, might get more for the parts than for a whole car.
That is horrifying. Look at all the cars you can make from those piles of parts yet the complete cars are getting dumped...
Is this the patented wheel you saw? It looks to me that studs or other driving attachments could be added to the wheels. I hope they didn't go for scrap.
Nope, not the same wheels. The ones at the auction had only five spokes, and they had cast rims to hold solid tires. I don't think the scrapper got them.
The parting out bit makes me sad.
ALL cars are parts. Some are assembled and some are not. There would be no running cars today if there were not some that had been parted out years back. Swap meets are full of parts. Virtually every one came from a car that was parted out.
Stan - That almost makes sense but it wouldn't it be best if we were bringing the loose parts together instead of separating those that are already together?
^ It would be but if there weren't parts that would be impossible.......
all cars are made from piles of parts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!charley
Sign on the front of a local pick-your-own-parts junkyard:
Remember, your car is running on used parts now!