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Old 09-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Barn find or Hoarding!

This is just amazing. I wish it was all mine, or at least everyone on the H.A.M.B. could have something to enjoy.
All three videos are incredible.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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BARN FIND! Thanks for posting the links, it has been a hot topic on several websites all week long. I really want to know how they can run an auction with that many items in an orderly way. Thanks for saving all that stuff Lee!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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thats a hoarder, sorry, its just a bit excessive. People could use all of those things, Like me and you. All of it will never be touched by one guy. Just my opinion.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:05 PM   #4
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I know a guy with a pole building that looks almost like that. He has newer '50 and '60 cars stored away on the ground floor. He built a mezzine above one row of cars, when that got full of car parts he built another mezzine on the other side. When that got full of car parts he spanned a floor across and now has that filled with car parts. He just keep on buying. His kids are going to have one heck of an auction when he departs our world.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #5
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wow...... just wow.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:23 PM   #6
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A pretty well known auction house is handling this "COLLECTION"
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:26 PM   #7
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if I had the space and money I'd have a place just like that. spend all my time hunting for cool stuff. sounds like fun to me.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:33 PM   #8
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if I had the space and money I'd have a place just like that. spend all my time hunting for cool stuff. sounds like fun to me.
So would I, but then we'd have to listen to others bitch and whine about us being "hoarders". The stuff is out there ... we just have to get off our dead asses and go find it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:42 PM   #9
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incredible collection
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:46 PM   #10
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Very cool collection, i was able to go there a couple of years ago, its was a neat time.

And if someones got the money to buy something all the more power to them, think about it, they probably saved alot of stuff from being scrapped etc etc, hoarders=savers.

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While I realize it was his money to do with as he pleased, and we all have our little stashes we won't part with, that one just makes no sense at all. There is no way he could ever get to 1/100 of those cars to do anything with them, and all it did was keep them away from hot rodders or restorers who WOULD have put them on the road and enjoyed them.

I find it very sad on a couple of levels, but maybe now that he is gone lots of cars and parts will make hundreds of people happy instead of just one man. At least he stored them nice and dry, so the new owners will have a pretty good start.

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:52 PM   #12
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That's insane...
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:58 PM   #13
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thats a hoarder, sorry, its just a bit excessive. People could use all of those things, Like me and you. All of it will never be touched by one guy. Just my opinion.
And now you will have a chance to own them...thanks to the guy who saved them from the crusher when they were worthless...
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:01 AM   #14
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Personally I think it is great that a guy can amass a collection of stuff like this, it made him happy, and every item had a story, he enjoyed showing the collection to others I've been told. A car or motorcycle doesn't have to be on the road to be enjoyed, its art and history just sitting there.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:10 AM   #15
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I don't see how anyone can condemn that as anything but a very enjoyable passtime. here's a clue for the clueless.. cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection. I guess I should give them to kids so they can play with them.

I think the people who don't get it don't realize the search and discovery of cool old junk is a very big part of it. thats why I loved ebay before they fucked it all up... I could go to a swap meet or antique show and spend the rent money on cool stuff, then sell some morejunk and still pay rent. I enjoyed the search. I sure the fuck didn't do it for the money. could have made more as a clerk at 7-11.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:15 AM   #16
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And only a hop skip and jump away from me,guss I`ll go broke at this one......
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:31 AM   #17
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By the way Lee was a junk man by trade, he was paid to clean out peoples garages and estates, thankfully he saw the historical value in this stuff and preserved it.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:36 AM   #18
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maybe ill have some money to play with by then! what an awesome collection, overload of cool stuff.. what the heck is the twin grilled 37 ford looking thing?? or is that what it exactley is?
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:52 AM   #19
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I am totally speechless to what I saw ! I wouldn't call it hoarding because everything had it's own place so you can see what he had . Hoarders just though stuff in piles and have no idea on what they have . They just keep everything from rags to junk . This collection tells you what the man saw in many different things through out his lifetime ! It amazes me how well he had everything in place so you can walk around and see what he collected ! I can't even imagine how many cars , trucks , motorcycles he has in that collection alone . Not to even think about the other things he collected . He didn't collect just one thing either . He collected everything he saw that was worth looking at and saving that he had through his "entire life" in there . It's a life time of memories that that man saw and did and he wanted to save everything he did in his lifetime to enjoy and remember when he got older in his life ! Everything in there has a meaning that only he knew what it meant to him .
That has to be the largest collection of history I have ever seen in one place ! As for the value of everything , that will go into many , many millions of dollars and some of those items are very rare too !
Thanks for posting this for all of us to see the many things we will never see again ! I guess when it does come up to auction , it's going to take a very long time to take inventory of everything in his collection . I will be very curious to see what the total final value of his lifetime of savings is worth !

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #21
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Thanks Retro Jim! There is a thread on this auction on the AACA website, there will be catalogs for the auction at Hershey. How this much stuff can be auctioned in three days just has to be seen to be believed. They can't catalog everything, must just plan to start at the door and sell stuff until the building is empty.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:22 AM   #22
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About 3 minuits into the first video it looks like a slant windsheild on a stock 30-31 model a coupe?!!

I would love to meat the guy and talk to him about some of the history behind the stuff if he is still around. Is this an estate sale?

You buy stuff and nobody bitches until you sell it for more and make a profit. You buy stuff and keep it and get to a collection like this and people bitch and call it hoarding. He was a caretaker the way I look at it, and he paid the price I'm sure for the responsablity. It looks like he takes or took great care of everthing. Good for him!!
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:38 AM   #23
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Awesome. Looks a bit chaotic at first, but then actually fairly well organized if you look at it. Sounds like he literally saved the junk people wanted to toss out. Too bad it can't just be preserved like that.
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STUNNED!! The dual grill 37inish car was crazy. This sale will last a long time, enjoyed seeing this. The dirt floor was a shame as a lot of stuff has been damaged by dust etc. But thats the way it goes, should be the find of the decade. Thanks for the excellent footage. ~sololobo~
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:10 AM   #25
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He loved it so much he saved it all for the people that show up at the auction.

Some really awesome pieces!! I wish I could come to see it all. Amazing!
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:36 AM   #26
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Holy sweet jeebus christmas !!!!
My wife is saying "no you can't"
I've just given my 18yo son a slapping for saying " he'd sell it all" (where did I go wrong).
That's what I want my shed to look like.

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Old 09-09-2011, 04:30 AM   #27
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The calling this guy a hoarder is just from flat jealousy that you don"t have the stuff. I say the guy enjoyed what he did in life. Would have been nice to have met him and even nicer to have been with him on the long journey collecting all those things. A hoarder is someone that piles up meaningless shit but this is a well organized collection of stuff. The guys calling him a hoarder are in the same group that give advice like (Just wait till the old guy dies then you can buy it cheap from the kids ).
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Lee Roy Hartung, may he R.I.P., was a collector Not a hoarder...........
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Wow!! very cool!
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Wow! I would have loved to talk to this guy. Could you imagine the stories he had to tell. It looks like a well organized collection to me,and I'm sure it brought him great joy. I bet he knew where every piece was.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:13 AM   #31
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Wow! I would have loved to talk to this guy. Could you imagine the stories he had to tell. It looks like a well organized collection to me,and I'm sure it brought him great joy. I bet he knew where every piece was.
And where they came from. Yep, it's a collection not a hoard.

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What an amazing collection!
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That's one great collection!!I wish i was closer, i'd love to see it before it gets split up. It would of been fun to talk to him about it.He did a great job of preserving the past.
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What an amazing collection! Too bad it couldn't all be kept together for his family or be made into a museum.
It reminds me of the warehouse scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I hope someone at least takes a lot of photos of his collection before it gets broken up!


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Wow, how humbling.

The old saying "The one with the most toys, when he dies, wins" really applies here.

Great stuff, thanks for posting this.
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Incredible! I would agree this is a collection, not a hoard. He obviously spent some real time putting things together and grouping items, but still being able to actually SEE everything by walking through. A hoarder would just keep throwing shit into the back until it was full, and then work on the next layer, and up and up until you couldn't even get in. I'm grateful for people who collect like this because it gives the next generation some really interesting things to see.

Plus, those hoarding shows are scary. I have a hard time seeing where hoarding is not just full-on laziness.
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:40 AM   #37
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Theres a barn not far from me that is almost like that, packed. Old single cyl harleys with the original tires petrified, at least 2 curve dash olds; t's, a's thru the 30's fords a dodge or two, a cadillac tow truck, stacks of license plates, carbs and intakes hanging - it is actually 2 barns and i think there is stuff in a few outbuildings as well. The guy just loves to buy stuff, i've seen him at auctions etc and he'll show me an old toy tractor that he got, excited as if he'd won the lottery, and he knows exactly where he put it in his collection. We call them 'hoarders' with derision but they are really preservers. People like that rarely change what they get, they'll talk about it and what needs to be done etc but decades after the purchase the piece will look just like they bought it. Look at that barn in the video, all that stuff is preserved - he has maintained the building in such a way that the stuff is safe and protected. It may not look like a state of the art climate controlled enclosure, but it is damn close.
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whats up with that zephre V12 with the two 37 Ford grills on it?....there was an old picture of it too...anyone catch that?
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Amazing! Simply amazing...
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While I realize it was his money to do with as he pleased, and we all have our little stashes we won't part with, that one just makes no sense at all. There is no way he could ever get to 1/100 of those cars to do anything with them, and all it did was keep them away from hot rodders or restorers who WOULD have put them on the road and enjoyed them.

I find it very sad on a couple of levels, but maybe now that he is gone lots of cars and parts will make hundreds of people happy instead of just one man. At least he stored them nice and dry, so the new owners will have a pretty good start.

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Just because he didn't pay for a museum quality building and a curator, sure doesn't mean it's not a collection. I can't afford to collect cars like that, but I do collect. Many of my friends that also collect things completely understand and endorse collecting, but those who don't collect anything always look at any collection with a different eye.
Collectors are just caretakers of items until they die and it's spread around to other collectors. We should thank them for preserving the history, not condemn them for hoarding things.
Most of the stuff would be ruined if they didn't preserve it. Even as dusty as this collection is, it's still preserved better than sitting outside rusting. I get mad when I see cool stuff disolving or rotting away, unprotected, and the owner wont care for it, and wont sell it. That's my definition of a hoarder, when they wont take care of it, and wont let someone else do it.
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I'd call it a museum! Some really neat stuff there and it will be nice to see it go to others to enjoy but I collect Hot Wheels and other things and have them on display in the basement and office. Some people don't get it and some do. I just like sitting there looking at the items and remembering where I bought it or if it has a cool story behind it.
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Amazing....simply amazing.....but the first 10 seconds of the 1 st video say's it all !
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anyone see the second video..he pans by a '37 ford with two hoods? whats that about, anymore information on that?
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Awesome collector. Looks like a collector to me. A guy who lets it rot in a field not selling it or doing anything with it is a Hoarder
When are they auctioning all that stuff off, or have they?
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That is an amazing collection. It makes you wonder how many more are out there like it.
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Nice collection love to have just one of them. At least he has them inside and not on a field rotting
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OK, that is not hoarding. That is collecting. It actually looks pretty well arranged but the order may only be known to Lee. If the family were smart, they would take a year or two to auction off that stuff one section at a time. There are lots of small things there that collectors would love to have if given notice well in advance so they could plan to attend. I have been to auctions that were too big and some good stuff went pretty cheap because there weren't enough interested bidders there for that particular niche of property.
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At least for the most part, things are in a neat orderly fashion. I wouldn't consider it hoarding where junk is stacked everywhere and you can't walk around .
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He wins.......................
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Heres more on the the custom 36 Lincoln!
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Hoarding...collecting...arguing about the difference.
There is a mindset today that goes against everything that is free enterprise.
I have had 'visitors' come to my house and say "You're never going to get around to that, why not give someone else a chance to learn?" (Learn?)
I have relatives that lust for things I have found and brought home. One asked for years about a 5 gallon Moon fuel tank complete with tri-bladed cap, and brackets and attached pump. He said he wanted to use it on his roadster. (Chico asked to borrow the cap to have it copied for the Mooneyes stock, as there wasn't one to copy from)
I finally gave in to the relative, he begged for it for so long...a month later, he sold it on EBay.
There are jealous types everywhere, some extreme enough to crash commercial flights full of people into buildings to rid the world of 'capitalistic hoarding infidels'.
My message: Try not to be so judgemental. Go get your own. Mind your own business.
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Hoarding...collecting...arguing about the difference.
There is a mindset today that goes against everything that is free enterprise.
I have had 'visitors' come to my house and say "You're never going to get around to that, why not give someone else a chance to learn?" (Learn?)
I have relatives that lust for things I have found and brought home. One asked for years about a 5 gallon Moon fuel tank complete with tri-bladed cap, and brackets and attached pump. He said he wanted to use it on his roadster. (Chico asked to borrow the cap to have it copied for the Mooneyes stock, as there wasn't one to copy from)
I finally gave in to the relative, he begged for it for so long...a month later, he sold it on EBay.
There are jealous types everywhere, some extreme enough to crash commercial flights full of people into buildings to rid the world of 'capitalistic hoarding infidels'.
My message: Try not to be so judgemental. Go get your own. Mind your own business.

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that is way cool. iv met guys like this and they love the thrill of the hunt.. and yes, he loved his cars as much as leno.. just did not have the resources to do what leno dose... but hell if you watch leno garage show.. what makes him smile the most.. old cars that have not been touched.. leno would dig a few of the cars in here and then get them on the road and drive them till they break down on the high way.. heh.. this is very well organized once you get past so much stuff.. his job gave him some great deals im sure.. but he was collecting this stuff before people decided they would make as much money off baby boomers as possible.
rock on.. you did good, now there will be lots of new old cars on the roads cause of this one mans collection.
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heh, i had to do a double take on that.. no photoshop back then so they had to build the stuff to get the results they wanted. im sure no one wanted that car at one point.. but this an saw it for what it was... saved a part of our history.. cool stuff.

i do wish this auction would not happen over such a short period. but i guess thats why people go to auctions to get good deals.



iv watched this three time snow and see something different every time.. out of his whole collection, i would take any of his cars they all seem to be in almost used car dealer ship condition.. its like add some fluids and gas and go for a ride is the feeling i get. heh.. anyhow, minus a car... i want the old RC airplane in the rafters shown in video 1.. man that would be so cool to own/fly.. id probably build a replica of it tho.. but who knows im a decent stick.
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I'll bet everyone of the folks that bitch about hoarders shows up at the auction and takes something home, right?















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just, think, if it was,nt for hoarders we wouldnt have any of the old stuff to work with, it would been crushed by now. ha ha

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krooser[/B];6937261]And now you will have a chance to own them...thanks to the guy who saved them from the crusher when they were worthless...
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The37Kid[/I];6937270]Personally I think it is great that a guy can amass a collection of stuff like this, it made him happy, and every item had a story, he enjoyed showing the collection to others I've been told. A car or motorcycle doesn't have to be on the road to be enjoyed, its art and history just sitting there.
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49ratfink[/I];6937289]I don't see how anyone can condemn that as anything but a very enjoyable passtime. here's a clue for the clueless.. cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection. I guess I should give them to kids so they can play with them.

I think the people who don't get it don't realize the search and discovery of cool old junk is a very big part of it. thats why I loved ebay before they fucked it all up... I could go to a swap meet or antique show and spend the rent money on cool stuff, then sell some morejunk and still pay rent. I enjoyed the search. I sure the fuck didn't do it for the money. could have made more as a clerk at 7-11.
Thank God! Three voices of common sense. If he hadn't spent countless hours gathering, protecting AND ENJOYING this stuff, probably ALL would have gone the way of the do-do bird long ago! Just keep looking and keep an erar to the ground. It ALL has to come out, eventually.

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Im going to split the argment here based on a few things...

It appears that one time he had this place set up for public viewing like a museum, if you noticed he had a donation box near the back of the room and nearly everything was labeled for reference...this is what a collector who wants the public to enjoy his things does...

then you have cabbage patch dolls, a bad version of optimus prime, and frankly a bunch of crap thrown in on top! At some point this gentleman went from an amazing collector to , sorry to say it, a hoarder...

Not to say this collection isnt amazing, christ theres a Veritas under all the stuff!!
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And now you will have a chance to own them...thanks to the guy who saved them from the crusher when they were worthless...

This is a point that is lost on those that think it's a shame a hoarder had all that cool. Without guys like this, most of the stuff would have been crushed or thrown away years ago.
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And now you will have a chance to own them...thanks to the guy who saved them from the crusher when they were worthless...

That exactly what I was thinking.. If they had seen light of day 40 years
ago, they might have been crushed and made into a washing machine or
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But WOW!!! What a collection.. All of those A's lined up like that.. Amazing!!
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Wow......I could spend days looking through all of this stuff. I hope I don't have money when the auction starts, because I would kill for some of this stuff....
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Hoarding...collecting...arguing about the difference.
There is a mindset today that goes against everything that is free enterprise.
My message: Try not to be so judgemental. Go get your own. Mind your own business.
Thank you. Free enterprise is what generates productivity. Some people are just not productive so they look over the fence with envy at the productive guy. Quit worrying about the other guy.

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"The Lee R. Hartung Collection" Is truly a masterpiece and a mind blower! The videos posted are fantastic, but I guarantee DO NOT do this collection justice in the least. They most likely show just a small portion of what his massive collection includes.

It really does make one sad, especially from a collector's point of view, that this collection is soon for the auction block.....much like a fantastic 150+ year old building facing the wrecking ball...it is sad to see it broken up. It reminds me, in a way, of the destruction of the Harrah Collection. At the same time, it is comforting to see all that he collected "re-circulated" back into the hobby (recycling at it's best ) and that he had saved it all from the crusher or just disappearing forever.

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I don't see how anyone can condemn that as anything but a very enjoyable pastime. here's a clue for the clueless.. cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection. I guess I should give them to kids so they can play with them.

I think the people who don't get it don't realize the search and discovery of cool old junk is a very big part of it. that's why I loved Ebay before they fucked it all up... I could go to a swap meet or antique show and spend the rent money on cool stuff, then sell some more junk and still pay rent. I enjoyed the search. I sure the fuck didn't do it for the money. could have made more as a clerk at 7-11.
I must agree with 49RatFink...one of the biggest parts (and the most interesting) of this hobby is The Search..."The trill of the Hunt" if you will. Chasing down leads, going to swap meets, garage/estate sales....it's all part of it.
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Auctions America by RM Auctions is handling the sale. Here is a link to the site for more info on it:

http://www.auctionsamerica.com/event...?SaleCode=LH11
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I'm a little sad because Mr Hartung was a most gracious host. He could tell you about everything he had, and was happy to do so. Folks in Porsches and Ranger Rovers drove by every single day without a clue what treasures were lurking through the heavily wooded driveway. I see that he passed in May, but this is the first I've heard about it.

Locally, everyone knew the auction was inevitable. It kills me that it will take place during the SEMA show.
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wow, this caught my eye,lol..I agree though its sad this collection will be split up.
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RAD!! I'm glad the stuff is still there. And even happier people will have a chance to buy some of that treasure. I hope his family makes out financially after the auction/s, then everyone will truly be happy!
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This isn't a barn find or hoarding. This is definitely collecting. Although somewhat of a mess, it was still an experience of a lifetime to walk through and see it all. Too bad it will be dispersed but hey, what are you gonna do?

Anyone with some dough and time better get their butt to that auction. I know I'll be there and will hopefully bring a few things home.
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maybe ill have some money to play with by then! what an awesome collection, overload of cool stuff.. what the heck is the twin grilled 37 ford looking thing?? or is that what it exactley is?
I was wondering the same thing!
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Farm for sale, shed full of old junk.
Collector, hoarder, Foothills of Mount Olympus, this man was a minor God.
After watching the videos I'm sure my mouth will close at some point.
I would have loved to walk these aisles with this gent and heard his stories.
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he must of had the philosphy of "he who dies with the most toys wins". wow.
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This is so over the top....the entire collection and the buildings they are in needs to be in a place like greenfield village or some other place where this entire slice of americana that is so well preserved can be viewed as it is without being wrecked by a bunch of greedy collectors out for a buck!!!
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My goodness.....I'd just like to have ONE model A that looks like those.
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What gets me in the videos is the dude who is talking the whole time....he never takes a breath. He's talking to a woman, who I'm assuming is Mr. Hartung's widow....maybe not.

But regardless, the dude talks for the ENTIRE 20 minutes of the videos.

Like my grandmother always said, "if your lips are moving, you aint learnin nothin"
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He was the curator of his own life style, don't we all wish we could be....................
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that's how i want my 'garage' to look someday, unreal........
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I got chills watching the videos, I could almost feel that guy's spirit.....it was quite moving. The love, dedication and passion it took to assemble that and the time it took to set it up carefully. Just imagine the joy he felt inside and the huge smile on his face... The history behind it all.......it's pure Americana!

Museum I say!!!!!
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left me speechless.
simply amazing collection.
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Lee, you're the man - what an outstanding collection you amassed! I stand in awe, and am more than a bit jealous. Rest in peace sir... and thank you!

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The Hartung Collection was amassed over five decades by the late Mr. Lee Roy Hartung for display in his private museum. From motor cars to motorcycles, bicycles, license plates and other vintage memorabilia, the collection is comprised of items Hartung acquired locally, many from within a 15-mile radius of his Glenview location.

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If you can get it, it is a barn find. If *YOU* cant get it, it is Hoarding.
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No doubt that this collection is unlike anything I personally have ever seen before. There are several things about it that make it unique.

He seemed to be strictly a collector and not a tinkerer at all. The obvious lack of tools in this vast variety of all other things collectible seems to be intentional.

It's very unusual to see a very aggressive collector put this much effort into organizing. If I went through the place a few times and someone asked where they could find something, I believe that there is a good chance I could find it.

He didn't concentrate on any particular era and had an extremely good eye for all things collectible. Not a thing in there that wouldn't raise an eye from a collector somewhere, even things like 80's cabbage patch dolls and other not so old stuff.

So many folks are going to be thrilled to get a chance to own something from this collection. RIP Lee.
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I know where a smaller scale of this is, but he's not Hoarding it, he will sell any of it..but he aint cheap

some of us have the hobby of building, some of us have the hobby of collecting..its just a different hobby, its not wrong..its preserving history in their own way, thats how i see it
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And here is another auction coming up....

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When a Hoarder passes away it gives a chance for the real aficionados to make something out of the mess.

Unfortunately it becomes a race between the thieves and aficionados to get to the good stuff before the scrappers and other hoarders get it!
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It's not hoarding if the stuff is valuable and in order like that.If you just have to save garbage and its not orderly YOU are a horder.
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Personally I think it is great that a guy can amass a collection of stuff like this, it made him happy, and every item had a story, he enjoyed showing the collection to others I've been told. A car or motorcycle doesn't have to be on the road to be enjoyed, its art and history just sitting there.

Yep....I get it. Wish it was me. I am only 55 seconds into the video and already see more cool stuff in one place than I have ever seen.
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No doubt that this collection is unlike anything I personally have ever seen before. There are several things about it that make it unique.

He seemed to be strictly a collector and not a tinkerer at all. The obvious lack of tools in this vast variety of all other things collectible seems to be intentional.

It's very unusual to see a very aggressive collector put this much effort into organizing. If I went through the place a few times and someone asked where they could find something, I believe that there is a good chance I could find it.

He didn't concentrate on any particular era and had an extremely good eye for all things collectible. Not a thing in there that wouldn't raise an eye from a collector somewhere, even things like 80's cabbage patch dolls and other not so old stuff.

So many folks are going to be thrilled to get a chance to own something from this collection. RIP Lee.
That's the best post I've seen on this subject.
Anyone that says the guy wasn't a collector doesn't understand collecting at all. Many collectors will display items "as found". That sure looks like a well organized collection to me.
Since he wasn't a hot rodder he's being labeled a hoarder. Apparently when he collected much of this stuff there wasn't much of a market for it. He could have scrapped a bunch of it to fund restoring or building rods out of the rest of it.
He was a real aficionado that obviously enjoyed preserving the past. If he had the same collection spread out in twice as much space everyone would be talking about what a great collection he had!
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Newbe here, but not new to old cars or collecting. Being a packrat is a psychological quirk, similar to being a neatness-freak. It's the way we are! As a packrat, I have discovered over 30 some odd years that you can't please everyone. Usually when I have to explain why I have so many cars, the other person just doesn't get it anyway. My mission has been to get as many inside and dry as possible, so that I will get to enjoy them, or my son, or maybe Grandkids someday.......it doesn't matter. I think of them as family assets. Do you think Jay Leno feels gulity for having his collection? I wouldn't! I found a way, while others whined and said it couldn't/shouldn't be done. And if you haven't noticed, the prices of real musclecars and even plain jane antique cars is climbing every year. I could never have amassed what I have in a few years time. I sold over 100 to get the 20 collectibles I have now. Final point as mentioned above, it was my money, I enjoy how I spent it, and do enjoy being a packrat. If you don't like it, TOO BAD, it's a free country since I last checked.
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Okay, I'm gonna vote five stars on this thread, 'cause so many guys have stated their individual perspectives EXCEPTIONALLY well, considering how this theme USUALLY goes! By that I mean usually over half the posts are cheap shots and advocating taking things away from unfit people.

ChrisNTx takes the cake for brevity WITH wit AND a point! LOL.
And RSCamaro is a good example of what a conservator/rodder should be. He's worked hard and steadliy to acquire 20 cars, WHILE being willing to let things go to improve his collection. (Some cat JEALOUS of what he grabbed before it was GONE will still say RSCamaro is a "hoarder," too!) If he and the fella in Post #1 are HOARDERS, I say, "GOD BLESS HOARDERS!"

I only wish that, all my life, I'd had a PLACE to keep things dry AND at least a little dough to devote to acquiring cars when they were available (quickly gone, of course). The list of cars from the early '30s to early '70s that I wanted to cry at having to pass over is as long as what RSCamaro has seen, I do believe.

There's a pretty fair HAMB thread called something like," What's the Coolest Thing You Ever Let Slip Through Your Fingers." The title doesn't quite fit the reality, as many, many of us would gladly invest some dough in car opportunities, IF we had a PLACE to put them so we didn't, then, have to watch them rust while guys called us hoarders. Kind of a conundrum, eh?

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RSCamaro71[/B];6944070]Newbe here, but not new to old cars or collecting. Being a packrat is a psychological quirk, similar to being a neatness-freak. It's the way we are! As a packrat, I have discovered over 30 some odd years that you can't please everyone. Usually when I have to explain why I have so many cars, the other person just doesn't get it anyway. My mission has been to get as many inside and dry as possible, so that I will get to enjoy them, or my son, or maybe Grandkids someday.......it doesn't matter. I think of them as family assets. Do you think Jay Leno feels gulity for having his collection? I wouldn't! I found a way, while others whined and said it couldn't/shouldn't be done. And if you haven't noticed, the prices of real musclecars and even plain jane antique cars is climbing every year. I could never have amassed what I have in a few years time. I sold over 100 to get the 20 collectibles I have now. Final point as mentioned above, it was my money, I enjoy how I spent it, and do enjoy being a packrat. If you don't like it, TOO BAD, it's a free country since I last checked.
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Hi, I'm new here and I made the 3 videos you watched.

I made them because of the H.A.M.B board. I was lucky enough to be invited there and can say that it was a pure fluke that I brought my video camera. I wasn't intending on taking video of this, but wasn't sure how long I would be there and what I would see.

Sadly, once I arrived I knew that it could be the last time all of this stuff would be in one location and I felt compelled to record it. Unfortunately, I was there for only one hour, which could never do this collection justice.

Allot of people here are trying to determine in black or white if this guy was a hoarder... I will say this... There is no power or lighting in the barn, it seemed as if it was a museum of sorts, for one individual "Hartung" (from what I understand he was very particular of whom was allowed to visit, regardless of the donation jar).

There are definite themes that he stuck to... Ford, Signs, Plates, Oil cans, Bikes, Bicycles, Badges (police, taxi, automotive), engine parts.... etc

From my personal experience, he seemed like a collector, a hoarder and OCD.

I don't have a cool old rod (I have many cars and memorabilia) but can totally relate to this guy, he just happened to have a chick, space and time that let him.

Cheers Mr. Hartung I wish I met you, when you were alive.
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Hi, I'm new here and I made the 3 videos you watched.

I made them because of the H.A.M.B board. I was lucky enough to be invited there and can say that it was a pure fluke that I brought my video camera. I wasn't intending on taking video of this, but wasn't sure how long I would be there and what I would see.

Sadly, once I arrived I knew that it could be the last time all of this stuff would be in one location and I felt compelled to record it. Unfortunately, I was there for only one hour, which could never do this collection justice.

Allot of people here are trying to determine in black or white if this guy was a hoarder... I will say this... There is no power or lighting in the barn, it seemed as if it was a museum of sorts, for one individual "Hartung" (from what I understand he was very particular of whom was allowed to visit, regardless of the donation jar).

There are definite themes that he stuck to... Ford, Signs, Plates, Oil cans, Bikes, Bicycles, Badges (police, taxi, automotive), engine parts.... etc

From my personal experience, he seemed like a collector, a hoarder and OCD.

I don't have a cool old rod (I have many cars and memorabilia) but can totally relate to this guy, he just happened to have a chick, space and time that let him.

Cheers Mr. Hartung I wish I met you, when you were alive.


Very well said...What a way to start out on the HAMB!! Only 4 posts in. Keep it up and you'll be a moderator at this rate.
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If you have the funds and take car of them, it's not hoarding. There was a guy in my area with 388 Lincolns and he took care of them all. I have pics I can post, of I can find them

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What an amazing collection. I need to go to that auction.
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Best of all I think he died a happy man , and that my friends is what it's all about.
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WOW! No other words... just WOW!
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Hoarders weird me out.
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Hi, I'm new here and I made the 3 videos you watched.

I made them because of the H.A.M.B board. I was lucky enough to be invited there and can say that it was a pure fluke that I brought my video camera. I wasn't intending on taking video of this, but wasn't sure how long I would be there and what I would see.

Sadly, once I arrived I knew that it could be the last time all of this stuff would be in one location and I felt compelled to record it. Unfortunately, I was there for only one hour, which could never do this collection justice.

Allot of people here are trying to determine in black or white if this guy was a hoarder... I will say this... There is no power or lighting in the barn, it seemed as if it was a museum of sorts, for one individual "Hartung" (from what I understand he was very particular of whom was allowed to visit, regardless of the donation jar).

There are definite themes that he stuck to... Ford, Signs, Plates, Oil cans, Bikes, Bicycles, Badges (police, taxi, automotive), engine parts.... etc

From my personal experience, he seemed like a collector, a hoarder and OCD.

I don't have a cool old rod (I have many cars and memorabilia) but can totally relate to this guy, he just happened to have a chick, space and time that let him.

Cheers Mr. Hartung I wish I met you, when you were alive.
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Off to the bank to get myself a loan, see all of you there!!!!

A collection can also be hoarding. I think he had a bit of both, started with the collecting thing, ended with the hoarding thing.

I really don't care either way. I am just happy to see all that iron and hope it goes to someone who can appreciate it.

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WOW!

That's a lot of stuff.

Reminds of the Rineyville Model A museum.

Same type of guy.

Some of the people on here from KY probably know what I'm talking about.

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I would leave it as is. Charge money to walk through and call it a killer americanna museum............
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Way cool
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I also think it would be great to leave as is and turn it into a museum.
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Hoarding can be a good thing.
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You just ruined my lunch...WOW..
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I have a headache...............

What's a Veritas ?
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What's a Veritas ?
Veritas was a famous West German post World War II sports and race car company, located in the village of Hausen am Andelsbach, near Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, later at Meßkirch and Muggensturm and moved finally to the Nürburgring.
The company was founded by Ernst Loof, Georg Meier and Lorenz Dietrich who initially re-built and tuned pre-war BMW 328 cars using components supplied by a customer, turning them into BMW-Veritas cars.[1] The first car was used in 1947 by its owner Karl Kling to win at Hockenheim and subsequently become the 1947 German 2-litre champion. After only a few cars were made, following an objection from BMW, the cars became simply known as Veritas.
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You know, there could easily be over a million dollars worth of stuff in there.

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Partial listing of cars from Hemmings....

1959 Edsel four door sedan
1941 Lincoln Zepher 12 Cylinder Continental
1936 Lincoln custom twin nose sedan Zepher
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1928 Model A One ton truck w/??? Rear end
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Wow. Looks like he knew what he was doing, and he probably saved lots of cool stuff from the crusher too.
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A few years back I and a good friend had the priviledge of goin thru that building; my buddy's dad was a good friend of Lee's. The place was unbelievable; you could probly walk thru there everyday for a week and not see it all, a lot is hidden behind other stuff. Along one wall were 25 Model A's in a row, all in very good condition, as were all the other cars.
Lee was a very nice guy and showed car enthusiasts his collection whenever he could.
He had the largest collection of licence plates I've ever seen.



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I swear, that's what heaven must look like! I could wander around that place for an eternity, fixing things up, tinkering with stuff, and never be bored.
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It's not just a collection, it's multiple collections. It's a world class Ford collection, a world class license place collection, a world class spark plug collection, a world class toy collection, etc., etc., etc.

I'm torn about it staying together like that. It needs to be sorted and spaced out so everything can be seen. The fact that it's all being auctioned off at once means stuff is going to go cheap. It could take years to just research, catalog, and sell this stuff the right way. I hope at a minimum everything is photographed.
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I am impressed - I am inclined to call that extreme collecting- hoarders normally don't have that orginization - also everything is nice and valuable - not worthless junk. Guy was probablly way wayobsessive compulsive , but arn't we all at least a little?
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Yeah, I'd call that "extreme collecting", as well. Here is a guy that was willing to share his stuff (as a museum of sorts) to folks. I would not call this guy a "hoarder" as they simply collect stuff for stuff's sake. Hoarders are generally (note I say generally!) mentally ill, to an extent. Collectors have a theme (this guy had multiple themes going) to a collection of whatever; be it model trains, cars and parts, or license plates. They have a purpose to their collecting. Hoarders simply hoard, whether the stuff they do hoard has value or not.

Here is an extreme example of someone's estate getting sold off, where the guy is dead and that leaves his widow and other family members to deal with the problems this entails. There is a LOT involved here. THAT, to me, is what is sad about this; other than the man's death, obviously.

I'd love to attend the auction, though. You don't see things like this but a few times in life. Should be a massive draw. And the estimate of a million dollars gross is probably low, even in this crappy economy. Remember, the auction house gets up to 40% of the take. Still...wow!
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Yea, this auction should bring good money in, even in this economy. he has things i've never seened before. Heck, just the $20.00 to be there will bring in a nice bundle for the amount of people i would expect that would show up.
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hey ! he has the 1965 tonka fire engine my neighbor jeffrey smashed with a brick in 1975 ..my first birthday present *sniff , whimper whimper *
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I don't see how anyone can condemn that as anything but a very enjoyable passtime. here's a clue for the clueless.. cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection. I guess I should give them to kids so they can play with them.

I think the people who don't get it don't realize the search and discovery of cool old junk is a very big part of it. thats why I loved ebay before they fucked it all up... I could go to a swap meet or antique show and spend the rent money on cool stuff, then sell some morejunk and still pay rent. I enjoyed the search. I sure the fuck didn't do it for the money. could have made more as a clerk at 7-11.
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Thanks to all the people that collected all this stuff, other wise all we would be doing is collecting pictures of cars and parts.
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hey ! he has the 1965 tonka fire engine my neighbor jeffrey smashed with a brick in 1975 ..my first birthday present *sniff , whimper whimper *
I feel your pain. I got my first record player in 1970 for Christmas and lost it in a move a few years later. Finally found another one, mint on eBay a couple years ago. Same with my old collection of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars!


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I wonder how much of this will be resold in the next year.
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probably a bunch...so sad at least to me..all that stuff acumulated over the years..and never reaped the benifits..sad to say the least..R.I.P.
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probably a bunch...so sad at least to me..all that stuff acumulated over the years..and never reaped the benifits..sad to say the least..R.I.P.
I think he did reap the benefits. He got to enjoy it all those years.

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sweet baby blue eyed jesus, what a stash! an amazing amount of everything anyone here wants!
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probably a bunch...so sad at least to me..all that stuff acumulated over the years..and never reaped the benifits..sad to say the least..R.I.P.
And his name and legacy lives on! (even after the collection is broken up...there will be few like it.

Look at the enjoyment or entertainment value he brought to the sad lot on the HAMB.
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I will be there and will be bidding my ass off! Jim
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In the second video, can anyone explain to me the Northbrook car? I've never heard of it.

Hoarding is a disease where a person collects so much crap it overwhelms them, yet they do nothing about it.

Collecting is a pastime where a person collects stuff that brings them great pleasure, and they can do something about it if they want to.
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The wonderful thing about what he did, is the fact that all of that beautiful and irreplaceable stuff is still around to be enjoyed by people who appreciate it.

Who knows how much of that incredible collection would be rustin away and disappearing in the middle of landfills, farm ponds and washouts all over small-town America.

I say; “God bless him and may he rest in peace.” Too much of the beauty of American life has already disappeared, and it’s very satisfying to know that the items that he chose to save will be around for future generations to enjoy.
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I think if you go to the auction close your eyes and hold your hand up(if money doesn't matter) you would get something cool......Because I really didn't see any trash, only Treasure...
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i got spy photos today
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remember its AMERICA, of course a lot of this stuff will be bought and resold, unless you would rather set on your porch and drink colt 45, and get a goverment check every month. GOD BLESS AMERICA and us collectors , hoarders and dealers in antigue car stuff. WE SHARE ....Cadillac Dave
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I wana cry. Such amazing stuff! I hope it goes to the right people.
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That is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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probably a bunch...so sad at least to me..all that stuff acumulated over the years..and never reaped the benifits..sad to say the least..R.I.P.
You don`t understand. It`s not all about the money.
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If you can sit through the entire video. The 1949 Veritas is a car modified by a guy named Spohn. He made a number of other wacky/original cars. I had to take another look once I saw the tail fins on the 49 Veritas, turns out, after a bit more searching I found this link. http://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/ind...?topic=12486.0
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according to the dictionary "hoarding" is ......

  • The acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value
  • Living spaces sufficiently cluttered so as to preclude activities for which those spaces were designed
  • Significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding
  • Reluctance or inability to return borrowed items; as boundaries blur, impulsive acquisitiveness could sometimes lead to stealing or kleptomania

seems to me he was a collector.. not a hoarder.... if he was a hoarder.... I guess we all are...in some sense.... I am amazed at what he collected all these years....

what a great life he must have lived... I was imagining him bartering for all the things he collected.. and just the array of people he must have met.. seems a very lucky , informed man..

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If you can sit through the entire video. The 1949 Veritas is a car modified by a guy named Spohn. He made a number of other wacky/original cars. I had to take another look once I saw the tail fins on the 49 Veritas, turns out, after a bit more searching I found this link. http://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/ind...?topic=12486.0
The Hermann Spohn Carosserie was in Ravensburg, Germany and was indeed started in 1920 by Hermann, the man. However he died in 1923 so the business kept building custom bodies for many cars until its close in 1957. They built a couple or three dozen customs on American chassis in the early-mid 1950s. They are all interesting customs, some strange, some very cool like this totally hand formed '49 Olds. It looks like a stock coupe that has been chopped, channeled, sectioned but actually it is totally new sheet metal over the original chassis.

Oh, and I've read that Lee Roy Hartung said he didn't own the collection, that "the collection OWNED HIM". That probably speaks volumes!

Regarding breaking this museum up, several of the individual collections within it will sell to other big collectors and in ten or 20 years we will get to watch those be auctioned off again. And the beat goes on and on and on......
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You better claim that as your signature, otherwise someone else will.
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Exactly my point. He profited every day he got to enjoy his collection. How much better does it get than that?

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You better claim that as your signature, otherwise someone else will.
It amazes me how many people see this collection , only to think about what they can buy to turn around and sell it to make a buck.
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according to the dictionary "hoarding" is ......

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  • Living spaces sufficiently cluttered so as to preclude activities for which those spaces were designed
  • Significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding
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seems to me he was a collector.. not a hoarder.... if he was a hoarder.... I guess we all are...in some sense.... I am amazed at what he collected all these years....

what a great life he must have lived... I was imagining him bartering for all the things he collected.. and just the array of people he must have met.. seems a very lucky , informed man..

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It amazes me how many people see this collection , only to think about what they can buy to turn around and sell it to make a buck.
this isnt a farm auction
there will be some big pocketbooks and high prices
after all the f u fee's you pay and such good luck finding some meat on the bone
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The aisles at Hershey will be buzzing about this for sure!
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Thats right. Its never been about the money for me. I hope the market falls out of all this stuff tomorrow so I can go buy more.
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Simply amazing. There seems to be hundreds of thousands of items there. If a person lives to an old age, their adult life is around 20-25,000 days long. How many items did he bring home EVERY DAY? It would take 3 days to sell off the toys alone. Seems they would have to sell in lots, as in "you're bidding on this wall of license plates" or "you're bidding on this row of bicycles". How else could this volume be sold in 3 days? Looks more like a month of 12 hour auction days to get through it all individually, unless there will be many auction rings going at the same time. About 3 hours from me- would sure like to go.
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...cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection.
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Personally I think it is great that a guy can amass a collection of stuff like this, it made him happy, and every item had a story, he enjoyed showing the collection to others I've been told. A car or motorcycle doesn't have to be on the road to be enjoyed, its art and history just sitting there.
My sentiments exactly. A superb collection that I suspect cost Mr Hartung more time than money.
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ANY updates OR the out come on the auction ?

Any comments on how it turned out .

Did everything go smooth ?

Did anyone see the faimly, are they doing O.K.?
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this is awesome! I wish I had the money and passion to own this gold. And it looks like it's all inside. Now is the time for all the whiners to step up and put your money where your mouth is. Lets see how many make a bid.
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While it would be nice to have some of these items....let's look at the positive side; NONE of it went to the crusher !!!!!!!!!!!!

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http://www.auctionsamerica.com/event...?SaleCode=LH11

Lots of HAMB friendly cars around page 10.
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i guess if the guy got some fun out of it and he could afford it good for him
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when you got it you got it Lee you did have it

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RIP Lee

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thanks for the link .. that is gonna be a hell of a auction. some cool shit he collected, preserved over the years.
when no one wanted the stuff.
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Like flies to shit! This place will be crazy the day of the auction! Good luck to the Hamb members who venture to this auction. Post what you bought
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So would I, but then we'd have to listen to others bitch and whine about us being "hoarders". The stuff is out there ... we just have to get off our dead asses and go find it.
Exactly! So much stuff was crushed/scrapped the last 5 years, saving it comes first. Hoarding? Because someone else has something you WANT.
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He who dies with the most toys wins...So I guess the game is over...Lee wins
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Sucks that the guy who had all of that passed away...amazing collection!
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what a great collection, if it were not for people like him, our hobby would have died years ago, Good cars like that are better than money in the bank, and I am shure he enjoyed showing his collection to other people. The stuff has been well taken care of and treated with respect, whether we drive our cars or not , at the end, we are just care takers of our stuff and this gives the oportunity for others to enjoy our hobby.
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It is truely excessive. Also it is incredible! thanks god for guys like Lee that had enough brains to set all of those jewels aside. yes it is a bit much and one man could never get to all of them, but now we all have a chance to own something because of his "hoarding". Personally i dont think id do it myself. id rather see them getting something done with them. i have a small hoard, but usually if im not doing anything but looking at the gems i like to pass them on. thanks Lee for saving all that "junk" for us car lovers! have a grand final ride uptown!
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you can look at the lots up for aution here-
http://www.auctionsamerica.com/event...?SaleCode=LH11

wait till you get to the "NOS 30's ford parts" section...


Also, I see alot of questions about the "twin nose Zephyr".
Apparently it was a conversion sold by the Pines Winterfont company.
In that link I posted, there is a nice little "newspaper" PDF that details some of the highlight items.

Also the thing that blows my mind is Lee Roy was apparently a Scrap/junk man who was actually PAID to remove much of his finds by unknowing people. amazing.


Time to hit the lottery, just over a week away... lol
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Holy crap.....I knew there was alot of cool stuff, but dang.
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Good news (I hope) - working a deal with the estate to buy back my uncle's old license plate for a fair price. Knock wood.

One thing I should mention about Lee - he could be generous when you least expect it; he gave me a couple boxes of models once, and he also offered me - free! - a '29 Model A roadster pickup, really a running shortened chassis and cowl that had been used to pull a mower around a golf course, but rods have been built starting with less. I had to respectfully decline because there was no way my folks were going to let me keep it in the driveway, especially with the steel lawn tractor wheels on the rear... So who's in the area and going to the auction?
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One thing I should mention about Lee - he could be generous when you least expect it; he gave me a couple boxes of models once, and he also offered me - free! - a '29 Model A roadster pickup, really a running shortened chassis and cowl that had been used to pull a mower around a golf course, but rods have been built starting with less. I had to respectfully decline because there was no way my folks were going to let me keep it in the driveway, especially with the steel lawn tractor wheels on the rear... So who's in the area and going to the auction?
Exactly, I know a lot of "hoarders" I prefer to call them collectors, they like showing off what they got, but these people who immediately have jealousy for people who have something they want and won't sell it, I just don't get. This isn't a hobby for a lot of people, it's a lifestyle. You need to make friends with people, and be genuine, do things to help others into this lifestyle without expecting anything in return, and someday you may find your golden ticket to the chocolate factory.

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Here is some more on this collection.A lot about the motorcycles but all very interesting.You will need a good half hour to 40 mins to watch all 8
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wow, talk abought mixed emotions.
makes me wanna sell something and buy something different.
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This is just amazing. I wish it was all mine, or at least everyone on the H.A.M.B. could have something to enjoy.
All three videos are incredible.
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I went to the preview today was a good size crowd there. So much stuff it was impossible to see everything. I liked that they put a bunch of related stuff together. I don't think I will be a bidder, the prices will get out of control I am sure. I did love the pedal car junk yard.
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Every car guy has a little hoarding in them...
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I went to the preview today was a good size crowd there. So much stuff it was impossible to see everything. I liked that they put a bunch of related stuff together. I don't think I will be a bidder, the prices will get out of control I am sure. I did love the pedal car junk yard.
Good to see you today Red, that was quite a deal EH? All of that stuff had something wrong with it, there was nothing there that was really pristine at all. I don't think it's gonna bring as much money as originally thought.

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I would love to be able to just go to the sale. I enjoy just people watching and seeing what some will spend on junk.
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I RESEMBLE THAT REMARK,,,,,,,,,,,,, having no job and no money took care of that
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I went to the preview today was a good size crowd there. So much stuff it was impossible to see everything. I liked that they put a bunch of related stuff together. I don't think I will be a bidder, the prices will get out of control I am sure. I did love the pedal car junk yard.
Made it there today too. Most of the cars and older bikes are in pretty rough shape. Complete and original, but pretty rough. Some of the parts are nice, but not really anything you can't find any day of the week. Considering the interest this is getting, prices will probably get to the stupid level. Still debating whether it's worth time and effort.
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Oh yeah, the "Good of the collective". (meaning all the good folks) The one that collected the stuff is the 'individual', so he should 'share'. (because he has 'more')

Get a grip. HE collected it, it's his. You that think the 'collective' have right to it are communists. You get a Red Star.
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WELL I WENT OVER THERE TODAY I HAVE TO SAY IT LOOKS WELL ORGINIZED. LOTS OF STUFF. ALL THE LOTS ARE ALL NICELY NUMBERED PARKED 4 MILES AWAY AND THEY SHUTTLED US IN. THEY DID A GOOD JOB AS FOR THE GOODIES THE BIKES ARE IN BARN FIND SHAPE SORT A SPEAK, VERY WORKABLE BIKES BUT I THINK I WOULD LEAVE THEM ALONE MYSELF. THE CARS ARE OK BUT NOTHING REALLY NICE THE ONLY CARS THAT ARE IN GREAT SHAPE ARE THE 40 FORD CONVERTABLE SOLID CAR MUST HAVE BEEN INSIDE ALL ITS LIFE A PAINTED BLUE WITH HOUSE PAINT BRUSHED ON IS THE 28-29 FORD COUPE, AND THE 34 FORD CABROILET. THERE IS A BLUE 35 FORD 5 WINDOW THAT NOT TO BAD OF SHAPE BUT I COULD NOT SEE UNDER IT THERE WAS MUD ALL AROUND THAT CAR. I WENT THERE WITH A LIST OF PARTS TO TAKE A LOOK AT BEFORE BIDDING AND WELL NONE OF IT WAS REALLY GRABBING ME. I DID NOT REALLY CARE FOR THE TAX STUFF THAT WAS BUT ON THE TABLE AND THE 15% OF THE SELLING PRICE. THAT DID NOT DETOUR ME FROM THE REGISTRATION JUST THE QUALITY OF THE PARTS THAT ARE THERE NOT THE GREATEST SO IF YOU TAKE THAT IN CONSIDERATION WITH 300 OTHER GUYS BIDDING ON THE SAME PARTS THE PRICES BALANCING WITH THE QUALITY WELL IT JUST WAS NOT THERE. I HOPE I DID NOT LOSE ANY ONE WITH MY POINT OF VIEW I JUST THINK THE SWAP MEETS ARE MY FORTE. Knuck From Indiana.
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MODELA30....I was there today and you must have pretty high standards to say the quality of the parts was not what you wanted.....tons of vintage flathead speed equipment,and large amounts of NOS Ford parts from the 1930`s/1940`s including many fenders and much,much,much more. Guess you missed the 2-dozen project-worthy Model A`s,the (2) bone-stock `32 sedans that were actually pretty solid....and the chopped and channelled `36 Cabriolet.
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MODELA30....I was there today and you must have pretty high standards to say the quality of the parts was not what you wanted.....tons of vintage flathead speed equipment,and large amounts of NOS Ford parts from the 1930`s/1940`s including many fenders and much,much,much more. Guess you missed the 2-dozen project-worthy Model A`s,the (2) bone-stock `32 sedans that were actually pretty solid....and the chopped and channelled `36 Cabriolet.
WELL FOMOCOPOWER I GUESS I DID LOSE YOU WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT FOR THE PARTS OR CARS TO FETCH THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT I THINK THERE GOING TO GET FOR THEM THOSE PARTS BETTER BE A NUMBER ONE CONDITION. THE SPEED PARTS I SAW NEEDED WORK BROKEN EARS GAWGES ON GASKET SURFACES JUST NOT TO INPRESSIVE OTHER THAN THEY ARE RARE. THE CARS HAD WATER AND MILDEW DAMAGE SOME HAD WATER MARKS ON THE TIRES LIKE THAT PLACE WAS FLOODED AT ONE TIME OR OTHER. AND THAT 36 CABRIOLET WAS ONCE A COUPE THAT THE ROOF WAS HACKED OFF ABOUT THE ONLY THING GOOD ON THAT CAR WAS THE DOORS. EVEN THE PILLARS WHERE CUT WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE A HACK SAW BLADE JUST NOT IMPRESSED. Knuck From Indiana.
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MODELA30....I was there today and you must have pretty high standards to say the quality of the parts was not what you wanted.....tons of vintage flathead speed equipment,and large amounts of NOS Ford parts from the 1930`s/1940`s including many fenders and much,much,much more. Guess you missed the 2-dozen project-worthy Model A`s,the (2) bone-stock `32 sedans that were actually pretty solid....and the chopped and channelled `36 Cabriolet.
Not sure how close you looked but the rockers on one of the deuces were almost competely gone. Most of the cars, or at least the Fords, had body damage, rot/rust, missing parts, or some type of problem. Sure, they're good hot rod stock, but probably not worth anywhere near what they're going to sell for. The last Model A coupe I sold went for $8k and it was a complete original car that was nicer than any of the cars up for auction. So it'll be interesting to see where these end up. As for speed equipment, I didn't see a whole lot. Couple of Frontenac conversions, some Edelbrock heads, an Olds intake, etc. But not really anything special.

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I for one am glad that he saved all of those cars and other items over the years.

Most of that collection probably would have ended up either dispersed or forgotten and rusted away in some old fallen down barn or worse yet sent to the crusher.

He did everyone a favor by preserving it in one place where collectors from all over can find the items or vehicles that they thought were gone forever.

For a long time I belonged to several Old Farm Engine and Tractor clubs and remember reading about how some of them hated to see someone breaking down a complete or nearly complete engine or tractor to sell for parts.

The 20 or more parts that were sold to collectors ended up bringing many incomplete or broken engines to life.

I am too old and too far away to ever acquire or even see any of these items or vehicles but my grandchildren may some time in the future enjoy seeing some of the things after they have been restored by the thousands of people who will ultimately end up with them.

I have personally bought things at garage sales that I well never use knowing that they would probably not be sold and would end up going to the dump.

I try to find those who can use the items but even If I do not find someone I figure that my children will have an estate sale and someone else might become their conservator.

Conservator is a word that might better describes Lee than collector and it is certainly a better word than hoarder.

I tell people that I read the obituaries to see if I am in there. If I see my name I want to go to my estate sale.

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Not sure how close you looked but the rockers on one of the deuces were almost competely gone. Most of the cars, or at least the Fords, had body damage, rot/rust, missing parts, or some type of problem. Sure, they're good hot rod stock, but probably not worth anywhere near what they're going to sell for. The last Model A coupe I sold went for $8k and it was a complete original car that was nicer than any of the cars up for auction. So it'll be interesting to see where these end up. As for speed equipment, I didn't see a whole lot. Couple of Frontenac conversions, some Edelbrock heads, an Olds intake, etc. But not really anything special.
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So how about an biography of this guy.
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I don't doubt that most of these are not in pristine condition and weren't when put there, but everyone would be slobbering all over their keyboards if each of these were found individually. Yes, auctions do get the excitement up and often puff up the prices also, but many of the crowd that you saw may be there to just see the action, not bidding. I would keep my eyes open and see what things do go for.....there is a lot of stuff there, maybe some people will drive up the really desireable stuff, then the high rollers will have blown their wads and leave the rest of the stuff for us common folk.....
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How about some pics from the sale? I would like to try and make it tomorrow just to see the bikes but I don't think I can make it on Saturday....
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Did anybody go to the sale today? If so how about a report?
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I watched it online today! Wow the prices were high! Some of the most expensive sales of porcelain advertisement iv ever seen. Other parts went for a lot of money too, I saw some magneto switches sell for over $5,000. It looked to be a bidding war between two people.
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I watched it online today! Wow the prices were high! Some of the most expensive sales of porcelain advertisement iv ever seen. Other parts went for a lot of money too, I saw some magneto switches sell for over $5,000. It looked to be a bidding war between two people.
Where do you watch it at? Do you have a link?
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Old news ,check it out here....

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Do you have to be registered to bid to watch the auction online?
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Did you happen to catch how much the little Thunderbird and the extra body went for?

They had it identified as a 58 pedal car but it is a 59 1/4 scale electric powered Thunderbird Junior from the Powercar company of Mystic CT
The 57 Body beside it is a 3/8 scale version from the same company. I own the factory mold that made that car and make parts for both of them so I hope to find out where they went to eventually. Just curios now how much they went for. Thanks!
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I believe you have to register to see it online. Cost is $100. If you want to bid, the buyer's premium is 15%, plus an additional 9.25% sales tax on everything except the cars.
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They had it identified as a 58 pedal car but it is a 59 1/4 scale electric powered Thunderbird Junior from the Powercar company of Mystic CT
The 57 Body beside it is a 3/8 scale version from the same company. I own the factory mold that made that car and make parts for both of them so I hope to find out where they went to eventually. Just curios now how much they went for. Thanks!
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First let me correct my earlier mistake I typed 59 when it is obviously a 1960
Someone stole that one!


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It's an original dealer promotional made in 1960, the bare 57 body alone was worth more than that.
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Wow!!! This guy could of retired by just selling his license plates! The Arizona collection just went for $26,000! haha insane. They have sold easily over $100,000 worth of license plates and they aren't even half way done.
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I don't think it costs anything to bid online, but I didn't see where they had any of the motorcycles listed for the online sale, only the lots of plates for today.
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No, the motorcycles are up for auction today, same with the bikes!
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