Did you want to go to the Lambrecht collection auction but live in the Northwest? Did you want to go but are only a Mopar fan? Well, here is your chance. The Charles Kee collection is going up for auction on May 8th and 9th in Brothers, Oregon. Where is Brothers, you ask? It’s in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Oregon, about an hour east of Bend, Oregon. It was a five hour drive for us from Olympia, Washington. Charles Kee was collecting cars to try to start a museum but unfortunately passed away before seeing his dreams come true.
This is an amazing collection of cars and parts but unfortunately a few years ago some Europeans came in and bought a bunch of the better cars from the collection. Most of what are left are C-bodies and 4-door Chryslers with a few scattered B- and A-bodies. Still some good projects in the bunch, however.
We got the opportunity to see the collection and have the scoop on the cars and parts that are going up for auction. Here are some general pictures and we are going to have more details on a few of the best cars. The auction is being run by James G. Murphy–here is a link to the preliminary catalog. Anyone want more info on any cars in particular?
Hemmings recently did an update on Miss Belvedere, the 1957 Plymouth that was entombed in an underground vault/time capsule in Tulsa OK. 50 years later, in 2007, one lucky Tulsaite was to win the perfectly preserved car! Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out as planned. More pics of the car after the jump.
We found this picture in the estate of a photographer from Tacoma, Washington who was a machinist for Boeing. We are not sure exactly where this is (probably Seattle) but look at all the cool old cars! How many Mopars can you spot in this picture? What year do you think this is?
Five Virgil Exner designed Imperial Crown convertibles will cross the auction block March 7-8 in Florida at the Hollywood Wheels Amelia Island Select Auction, presented by Hollywood Wheels. 1957 thru 1961 model years are represented. All five cars are being sold as one lot. The winning bid is expected to be between $850,000 and $1,000,000! See more detail at Hemmings.
I came across this story while looking at Chrysler 300s on the Chrysler 300 Club website. My Dad and his friend had a couple of 1957 300C Chryslers when they were in their 20s. I got to hear a lot of crazy stories from both my Mom and Dad about these cars and how amazing they were. The story links at OregonLive and Chrysler300Club are just another amazing example of how special the “Beautiful Brute” was to a lot of people who have owned, own one, or just love them.
Yesterday we decided to hit the other Arizona auctions that do not have a lot of Mopar stuff but still have some interesting cars. RM is a very high end auction with mostly European cars, Ferrari’s and older cars. Gooding has a nice mix of stuff as well and is similar to RM but the cars are not as high end. Gooding had an “as found” theme going on with three cars still covered in dust and grime going up for auction.
These cars were from RM and includes a couple of Imperials, a Hemi powered Facel Vega, and a Chrysler 300B. More pics after the jump!
Do you like your 1956 Plymouth Suburbans resto/rat rodded, as shown in a recent Mopar Blog post (Ferris Oxide 1956 Plymouth Sport Suburban), or stock? This apparently bone stock wagon is said to have been sitting untouched for 35-40 years. It’s for sale on eBay with no reserve and currently sitting at $3550. I’d rebuild the engine and restore the interior and leave it at that. It’d be nice to own a cool Mopar that never needs washing. Find it here on Bring A Trailer. More pics after the jump!