Klairmont Kollection sending 150 cars to Leake’s Tulsa auction

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1975 Bricklin SV-1 Gullwing coupe is among Klairmont cars to be offered at Tulsa | Leake Auction photos
1975 Bricklin SV-1 Gullwing coupe is among Klairmont cars to be offered at Tulsa | Leake Auction photos
1975 Bricklin SV-1 Gullwing coupe is among Klairmont cars to be offered at Tulsa | Leake Auction photos

As he approaches the age of 90, Larry Klairmont has run out of room and has commissioned Leake Auction Company to disperse some 150 cars that will be offered at no reserve at Leake’s next auction, June 5-7 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Oklahoma.

The cars will come from the Klairmont Kollection, a two-story, 150,000-square-foot museum on the west side of Chicago.

1969 VW Beetle 'General Lee' Baja Bug
1969 VW Beetle ‘General Lee’ Baja Bug

According to a video on his Kollection website, Klairmont lived with his grandmother during the Depression and was a teenager heading to a Chicago Bears football game when he heard the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Navy and was transferred to the Marines, where he was a platoon leader and was wounded twice in the Pacific.

After the war, he built his own dry-cleaning business – literally built it with pipes and wood salvaged from a junk yard. When he sold the business, he owned 110 stores. He then invested in real estate, but “I always liked cars” and 15 years ago went to an auction and bought “a bunch.”

His collection eventually grew to some 500 vehicles – cars, motorcycles and scooters – making it one of the largest in the Midwest.

Klairmont’s interest spans the automotive spectrum and his eclectic interests are reflected in the cars being sold through Leake.

For more information on the Klairmont Collection, visit the museum’s website. For information on the Leake Tulsa auction, visit the Leake website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

1 COMMENT

  1. That’s one of the better-looking Bricklins. Love the two-tone paint job! I could do without the rear spoiler, though.

  2. You show some nice cars always. The only thing is, you very seldom state the brand & year of one featured. Case in point, the red Brickland.