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
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.