John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

John Moir Jr.’s automotive alphabet

After John Moir Jr. had acquired cars beginning with A, B and C, Heather, his wife of 52 years, joked that he may as well complete the alphabet.

Auto-Carrier is part of the AC lineage | RM photos by Darin Schnabel

Auto-Carrier is part of the AC lineage | RM photos by Darin Schnabel

After John Moir Jr. had acquired cars beginning with A, B and C, Heather, his wife of 52 years, joked that he may as well complete the alphabet.

Heather’s joke became John’s mission and he did, indeed, complete a 26-vehicle alphabet collection. Now those cars will be offered — and in alphabetical order — at RM’s Hershey sale October 9.

There are many ways to build such a collection. Here is John Moir Jr.’s version of the automotive alphabet (with pre-auction estimated values in parentheses):

This Lancia's bodywork was done in England

This Lancia’s bodywork was done in England

A — 1912 Auto-Carrier Delivery Box Van ($30,000 to $50,000)
B — 1911 Brasier 11/15 HP Runabout ($30,000 to $50,000)
C — 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster ($450,000 to $650,000)
D — 1900 De Dion-Bouton Vis-a-Vis ($40,000 to $60,000)
E — 1911 E-M-F Model 30 Speedster ($30,000 to $50,000)
F — 1933 Ford V8 Station Wagon ($70,000 to $100,000)
G — 1914 G.N. Cyclecar ($40,000 to $60,000)
H — 1953 HRG 1500 WS Roadster ($80,000 to $120,000)
I — 1901 International Charlette Double Phaeton ($70,000 to $100,000)
J — 1928 Jowett 7/17 Sports Racer ($50,000 to $70,000)
K — 1911 Kelsey Model M Motorette ($30,000 to $50,000)
L — 1934 Lancia August Special Tourer ($300,000 to $400,000)
M — 1926 Morgan Aero Three-Wheeler ($40,000 to $60,000)
N — 1953 Nash-Healey Sports Roadster ($70,000 to $100,000)
O — 1904 Orient Buckboard ($40,000 to $60,000)
P — 1937 Packard Six station wagon ($90,000 to $120,000)

Queen built some 1,500 cars in Detroit form 1904-06

Queen built some 1,500 cars in Detroit form 1904-06

Q — 1905 Queen Model B Runabout ($25,000 to $40,000)
R — 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Drophead Coupe ($80,000 to $120,000)
S — 1913 Spacke Cyclecar prototype ($30,000 to $50,000)
T — 1958 Triumph TR3A roadster ($15,000 to $25,000)
U — 1911 Unic GS Roi-des-Belges ($50,000 to $75,000)
V — 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle ($5,000 to $10,000)
W — 1921 Wolseley Ten coupe ($40,000 to $60,000)
X — 1991 Zanthos 23B ($20,000 to $30,000)
Y — 1923 Yellow Cab Model A-2 Brougham Taxi ($40,000 to $60,000)
Z — 1910 Zebra Type A Runabout ($20,000 to $30,000)

Le Zebre was produced in France from 1907-31

Le Zebre was produced in France from 1907-31

 

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