Early cars and motorcycles, plus parts and accessories, will headline Preston Evans' May 16-17 sale An astounding 67-year collection of early cars and motorcycles plus many car and motorcycle parts and accessories and antiques and collectibles in many other categories will all be auctioned May 16-17
museum in Warm Springs, Ga. These will include some very rare vintage bicycles.
The 1911 touring Cadillac is a prime example of a restored luxury vehicle, from the very infancy of the automotive industry in this country. The car reflects advances made in the nascent years of luxury car development. It is one of only a few known to exist and it was intended as a show car. It is the best in class at virtually every regional car meet that Remy and Betty Baker bring it to.
Features include a chauffeurís compartment with rich walnut dashboard, fitted with the original Cadillac speedometer/odometer and Sessions clock; a passenger compartment with beveled glass, walnut burl and rich fabric; a brass tube and trumpet-style intercom system, for talking to the chauffeur; a crystal flower vase; ladiesí cosmetics holders; draperies; and pull-down shades.
Some mystery and intrigue surround the 1902 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout. A 1946 Jubilee tag identified the vehicle as being from 1898 which, if that were true, would make it one of the earliest known examples of an Oldsmobile in existence Ė a very rare prototype.. But experimental models dating back that far typically donít have a curved dashboard, like this one.
Plus, the vehicle being sold has replacements parts from as much later on as 1904 (plus other replacement parts), and the crank is out of place for an 1898 model. However, the grandson of Arthur J. Hodge claims that his grandfather was gifted the car in 1931 by H. H. Walker, and that he (Walker) had been given the car prior to that by R. E. Olds, the founder of Olds Motor Works.
It is true that Mr. Walker and Mr. Olds knew each other. Walker, a highly qualified mechanical engineer, owned a wagon plant and he rented several properties to General Motors in the 1920s. Itís even quite possible that he was given the car by Mr. Olds, for whatever reason. But because that canít be verified and because of the replacement parts, it is safe to call it a 1902 Oldsmobile.
Liberty, S.C., is located just outside Anderson, S.C., not far from where South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina converge. Tennessee is also not far away. The preferred hotel is the Comfort Inn in Anderson (call for special rates and be sure to mention Preston Evans Opportunities). In addition to internet bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com, phone and absentee bids will be accepted.
Admission to the Friday, May 16 session is free of charge. Admission on Saturday, May 17 is $10 (or the purchase of a catalog; to purchase a catalog, send $10 to Preston Evans Opportunity Auctions, 31 Redbud Trail, Newnan, GA 30263). For more information about the May 16th-17th auction, please log on to www.prestonopportunities.com; or call 770-502-0026 or 678-296-3326.