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Race car trove heading to auction


It will take a series on online and then live auctions to disburse the Donald E. “Don” Smith Collection which includes around 130 cars, ranging from a 1931 Pierce Arrow coupe to Indy pace cars as well as sprint, midget, stock and Indianapolis racers, according to Gallivan Auctioneers, an industrial and real estate auction company based in Indianapolis.

‘Donnieland’ is packed with cars | Gallivan Auctioneers photos

Gallivan reports that Don Smith had just become a teenager when he attended the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, back in 1941. Barely a decade later, he and Chapman Root launched their own racing team. Smith promoted sprint car races at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he was director of competition until 1979. He also served on the board of directors of the U.S. Auto Club and the Indy Racing League.

Smith died last year at the age of 90. The Smith Trust is selling a “vast collection of race cars, antique and collectible cars, sports and racing memorabilia, hunting, gaming and Coca-Cola collectibles, antiques, firearms and thousands of other items.”

The sale begins April 10 with the first of four online sessions, which include more than 400 lots of die-cast models. The third online sale, beginning April 24, features Indy 500 memorabilia and autographed racing items.

Around 130 road and race cars are included

After the online sales, Gallivan will conduct four live auctions at “Donnieland,” Smith’s home grounds in Terre Haute where his collection is stored. Up for bidding June 16 will be firearms and hunting collectibles. The following day the docket comprises antiques and collectibles.

On June 23, more than 130 vehicles, including classic cars and racing cars, will be up for bidding. The sale ends June 24 with a final session of antiques and collectibles.

Among the cars in the Smith collection are a 1933 Ford 3-window coupe hot rod, 1964 and 1970 Jaguar E-types, a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, a 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS, 1956 and 1966 Ford Thunderbirds, a 1979 John Weitz X600 prototype, 19784 Bricklin SV-1, 1948 MG-T, 1951 Cadillac ambulance, several Model T Fords, and Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes.

Also, Indy, sprint and midget racers driven by Tony Stewart, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Jimmy Vasser, Roger McCluskey, Steve Kinser and others.

’33 Ford coupe

For more information, visit the Gallivan website.


Larry Edsall
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, 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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