700-car collection up for sale
Around 250 Studebakers feature in massive no-reserve Ohio auction
One of America’s biggest collectors of classic oddities is selling his entire collection in a no reserve auction.
Ron Hackenberger and his wife amassed the cars over half a century. They will be sold at VanDerBrink Auctions’ sale in Ohio, USA, on 14-16 July.
Described as a ‘candy store’ of amazing cars and trucks, the 700-strong collection includes almost 250 Studebakers, various eight- and six-door Checker limousines, Divco milk trucks, Ramblers, AMCs, and dozens of Chryslers and Packards.
In addition there are Renaults, a DeLorean DMC-12, a Goggomobil, at least one Austin Healey 3000, and various Tatras. He also has a large selection of vintage tractors.
It all started for Hackenberger with a 1948 Studebaker, which he bought when he was 15 years old after borrowing the money from his grandfather. Ron married Eunice in 1962 and worked as a truck driver, before starting his own trucking company, building it up to 100 trucks and trailers. He would spot cars while he was out on the road and add them to his collection.
Following on from successful real estate businesses, Ron plunged his profits into his collection and grew to its current 700-strong affair.
Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions says: ‘ The collection is a real candy store of rare, unique, micro, orphan, and amazing cars and trucks.’
Hackenberger sums up his collection in few words. He says: ‘I wanted to create something that you wouldn’t see every day.’