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Photos: Darin Schnabel / Courtesy of RM Auctions

75 pristine collector vehicles from the Andrews acclaimed, personal museum are ready to hit the block in Texas this May

On May 2 one of North America’s most respected and diverse personal collections of automobiles, race cars and old world Duesenberg-like items will cross the block in Texas. Presented by RM Auctions, the Andrews’ family has chosen to auction off 75 of their prized vehicles, with no reserve pricing.

Started by Paul Andrews many years ago, and joined by his son Chris, the family amassed a collection of rare vehicles that is considered one of the finest in all the land. Not settling on just letting some of the cars sit and collect dust, the pair has been known to bring several cars out to various rallies and drive the piss out of them. No garage queening here.

Often you’ll see a penchant for a certain make or model of car in personal collections but in the Andrews’ case they’ve pretty much run amuck with their flavouring and randomness. You notice when skimming the portfolio, it starts off simply enough with a stunning example of a 1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 SS Demi-Tonneau but then tangents wildly off to a 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25 Anniversary Edition, then ping pongs back in time to a Mr. Bean-inspired 1960 Fiat 500 Jolly! This is a genuine automobilia family that certainly haseclectic yet charismatic tastes.

Since the main gallery lacks the ability to include captioning I present to you the following  legend;

    • 1960 Watson Indianapolis Roadster (pg 1-5)
    • 1962 MG MGB Factory Lightweight (pg 6-9)
    • 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (pg 10-14)
    • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy (pg 15-17)
    • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad (pg 16-18)
    • 1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-SS Demi-Tonneau (pg 19-21)
    • 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy (pg 22-25)
    • 1959 Lister-Chevrolet (pg 26-31)
    • 1955 Kurtis 500 Coupe by Allied (pg 32-35)
    • 1965 Shelby GT350 R (pg 36-39)
    • 1932 Ford Roadster Custom (pg 40-43)
    • 1953 Cunningham C3 Coupe by Vignale (pg 41-44)
    • 1934 Packard 12 Individual Custom Coupe by LeBaron (pg 45-47)
    • 1956 Austin-Healey 100M LeMans Competition (pg 48-50)
    • 1961 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty 421 Sport Coupe (pg 51-54)
    • 1927 Ford Voodoo Doll Custom (pg 55-58)
    • 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car (pg 59-62)
    • 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina (pg 60-62)
    • 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Boano (pg 63-67)

And that’s only part of the collection. The Andrews range also includes; open-air adolescent hotrods, a few sixties era Ferraris, various luxuriant transport devices from the 1930s, a 1960 Indianapolis racer, a concept Lincoln from the mid-50s, a ’59 Lister Chevrolet and matching set of Shelbys in the form of a 1965 Mustang GT350R and a ’63 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra.

The most common question regarding the sale: why exactly are they selling? The answer is time management and energy. According to RM “…the auction is part of an effort to downsize their collection to a more manageable level, the father and son team will offer 75 vehicles for auction, along with an eclectic assortment of memorabilia highlights.” Each car has been restored and maintained by a team of experts and specialists so no Canadian Tire flat black primer or duct tape here.

But not to worry, the family is still going to keep enough cars on hand to keep it interesting. The total value of the cars and expected sale prices should be known closer to the date of sale. The family must also be confident in their product for their choosing not to put a reserve on any of the cars. Which should make for some interesting bidding wars and tactics come May 2nd.

I’ve taken it upon myself to selfishly assemble an abbreviated compilation and gallery for your viewing pleasure. However if my tastes don’t match yours and you need to know how much overdraft is required to acquire the 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy, then perhaps you best check the full 75 vehicle listing here, courtesy of our friends at RM Auctions.

And with great power comes great responsibility, which is why the Andrews shooter of choice, Mr. Darin Schnabel & his team of Photoshopping minions deserve huge kudos for their photographic works on documenting and capturing the vehicles for the project.

Overly dramatic music accompanies a short film of the various cars driving about in what appears to be a rather sunny environment

Source: RM Auctions

PS. The following are the remaining selections from my TOP 30 that due to technical restrictions won’t fit into the main gallery;

Angus Mackenzie

Canadian born automotive & architectural photographer. elemente magazine was born in 2006 as a Canadian national design publication . It remains as an online entity.

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