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Leake adds December auction of Rolland Racing Museum collection


Leake Auction Company has announced it will join with fine arts and collectibles specialist Heritage Auctions to offer 24 vehicles from the Rolland Racing Museum in a no-reserve auction December 9 at the museum in Newbury Park, California.

“During the 1950s, car enthusiast William Rolland joined the Shadoff Chrysler team to help construct one of the fastest vehicles ever built,” Leake said in its announcement. “The team set a world land speed record in their class at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To this day, Rolland still has a passion for performance and speed, both of which are preserved in his private automobile exhibit museum established in 2010. The automobiles offered in the auction come directly from the museum’s holdings.”

Rolland is a former firefighter who also has had a career in real estate. The William Rolland Firefighters Foundation & Educational Institute aids firefighters’ families. He also built the football stadium and fine arts gallery at Cal Lutheran University.

1997 Dallara Indy 500 racer

“This is a unique opportunity for Leake to partner with Heritage Auctions to present The Rolland Collection,” Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, said in the news release. “If you are an avid race fan, this is a rare chance to own a piece of history.”

Offered at the sale will be racing cars, hot rods and more.

Among six midget racers are a 1947 Hillegass, a 1950 Kurtis-Kraft and a 1972 quarter-midget dirt-track car. Also on the docket are two 2000 Dallaras, a 1997 Dallara, a 1980 Grand King raced in the Indy 500 by Jim McElreath, and a 2004 Lola-Cosworth.

Also on the docket is a 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge racer and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

1923 Ford Model T-based hot rod

Hot rods and custom cars include a 1933 Ford Alloway and a 2006 GDT Speedster, a 1920 Ford Model T-Bucket, a 1932 Ford custom roadster and a 1941 Willys coupe.

“This auction is a first for Heritage Auctions,” said Jim Halperin, Heritage Auctions co-founder. “It’s an exciting combination of Leake Auction Co.’s 45-year history in the collector car market and Heritage’s Auctions’ more than one million bidder members. This could be history in the making.”

1947 Hillegass midget racer

Heritage Auctions is purported to be the largest fine-art and collectibles auction house founded in the U.S. and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer with offices in six countries and with more than a million registered bidder-members.

Before the Rolland sale, Leake has its Dallas Fall auction, November 17-18 in Texas.

For more details about the vehicles offered in the sales, visit the Leake website.

2006 GDT Speedster


Larry Edsall
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.


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