Yvette VanDerBrink walked inside a warehouse in rural Reno County and saw a place that was bumper-to-bumper with antique automobiles.
It was a identical sight at storage amenities in a number of other locations — around 140 antique autos in all moreover car elements. The collection belonged to the late Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Regehr, who died in 2019. The Hutchinson guy had a profitable occupation as the inventor of the moon-walk, which is normally recognised as a bounce household, according to VanDerBrink.
“Nobody knew what was packed away in all these buildings,” reported VanDerBrink, whose firm, VanDerBrink Auctions, will auction off the motor vehicles up coming week. VanDerBrink explained Regehr drove a pair of the cars routinely, but the many others experienced been out of sight for many years. “He just kinda bought anything that he appreciated … He purchased them and put them absent.”
Chevrolet Corvettes, Roadsters, Nomads, Camaros and Bel Airs are in the mix. Ford Product As, Victorias and vans are also up for auction. There is also a Ferrari.
“It’s just this kind of an eclectic selection that he experienced … he has a thing for everybody,” VanDerBrink claimed.
The auction will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 at the Kansas Point out Fairgrounds. A preview is obtainable from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23.
Just one of the Minnesota-dependent auction company’s specializations is in offering common autos. VanDerBrink wouldn’t say how significantly she estimates the auction will bring in but conceded it would “easily” be over $1 million.
Some of the highlights, she stated, would be a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible and a pair of 1932 B400 Ford two-doorway convertibles.
“They are not a rather vehicle,” she stated. “It’s not eye-catching. But it’s just super uncommon.”
She claimed fewer than 900 ended up built and were largely employed by governing administration officials abroad — a person of Regehr’s was in Denmark and the other in Sweden. She said a supporter and collector of the motor vehicle estimates much less than 50 are in the U.S.
She estimated they will sell from $59,000 to upward of $80,000.
The Skylark was owned by a Hutchinson lady and has less than 50,000 miles, VanDerBrink claimed.
Regehr kept asking the girl to offer him the car and a person working day she instructed him she bought it to somebody else, in accordance to a flier about the auction.
“(Regehr) was established and tracked the auto down in Hemmings Motor Information and purchased the automobile,” the flier states.
VanDerBrink has auctioned a “piece of” junk Skylark for $40,000 1 that had been on hearth went for $9,000. A flawlessly restored a single could go for $125,000 but she does not hope this one particular to fetch that a lot.
VanDerBrink reported they didn’t attempt to get any of the cars jogging. Centered on the situation of some automobiles, she believes some will start up with tiny effort.
There’s a yet another exceptional come across in the mix.
Maybe the rarest of jewels in the auction is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Rate Car or truck with just 43 getting created, in accordance to a Fox News report about the auction. An write-up in Incredibly hot Rod implies as numerous as 300 have been constructed.
A 2009 Warm Rod post about Regehr’s collection suggests Regehr has each individual product of 1932 Ford at any time built. There are much more than a dozen 1932 Fords in the auction.
Regehr was really hard-pressed to allow go of the collectibles.
The first automobile that he purchased, at age 14, was a two-tone 1940 Mercury that he was driving when he achieved his spouse, Judy Regehr, although drag racing down Most important Street. It is also component of the auction, the flier claims.
His selection of cars reached 260 at its peak, in accordance to a news release.
“(When Judy Regehr) handed absent in 2014, Bob allowed his youngsters to commence providing areas of his collection,” according to the launch. “However, unable to bear seeing them offered, he instructed his family members to auction the cars and trucks just after he passed absent.”
Registered bidders are in Australia, Germany, England and all above the U.S., VanDerBrink explained. The function will be on line and in-man or woman, with individuals ready to social distance at the fairgrounds and sanitation stations and masks readily available for attendees.
A lot more information and facts and a list of autos can be uncovered at vanderbrinkauctions.com.
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