A Chevrolet SSR pickup makes its way Saturday from the block to its new owner at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale| Larry Edsall photos
Leake Auction Company is staging an experiment Sunday at its sale in Dallas Market Hall. In addition to its usual fare, it will offer some 125 cars at no reserve. No debating on the block with a car owner regarding the minimum sales price. Instead, the car simply sells to the highest bidder.
“With such a large assortment of vehicles selling at no reserve, there is something to entice every collector,” said a hopeful Leake president Richard Sevenoaks.
And, he added, the big no-reserve pool presents “the perfect opportunity for someone to start their collection.”
I keep thinking it’s about time for me to start my own collection. OK… time for me to buy my first classic car. And the cars below that are scheduled to cross the block Sunday certainly are tempting:
|1951 Packard 250 convertible
Thunderbolt straight 8 power\plant, manual transmission and offered at no reserve
|1970 Buick Riviera custom
Riviera? Forget France; this big air-bagged Buick looks like it was built for Bonneville and top speed runs on the Salt Flats.
|1974 Jensen Interceptor III
Chrysler 440cid V8 engine, aerodynamic rear window -- and no reserve
|1956 Citroen Type II Series B Familiale
Looks like your typical French sedan (well, French sedan with suicide front doors), but it seats 9 inside, three of them on jump seats right behind the front row.
|1954 Packard Cavalier Touring Sedan
Handsome two-tone paint and inline 327cid 8 with automatic, power steering and brakes and custom-designed air conditioning. Road trip!
|1953 Chevrolet 210 Townsman station wagon
Speaking of road trip... this one looks ready to go (plus I'm a sucker for fender skirts)
|1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe
I've loved these ever since I first saw Dale Earnhardt Sr. race one around Michigan International Speedway
|1990 Mazda MX5 Miata
First-year Miatas not only are a hoot to drive, but they're quickly becoming collectible classics
|1974 Datsun 260Z
One-year production model with air conditioning and only 82,000 original miles
|1947 Packard Super Clipper Eight Club Sedan
Gigantic vehicle (and it would never fit in my garage), but broadcloth and leather interior and offered at no reserve