700-car col­lec­tion up for sale

Around 250 Stude­bak­ers fea­ture in mas­sive no-re­serve Ohio auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.van­der­brinkauc­tions.com www.ron­hack­en­berger.com

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.’

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