Swedish museum to auction off American classics collection
Helsingborgs Auktionsverk is set to auction off a 1200-item collection of cars from Big Bengt’s Museum at High Chaparral, Sweden – including a host of rare American classics
American culture has been celebrated in Sweden for decades. The annual classic-American car-themed Big Power Meet in Västerås and Lidköping remains immensely popular, whereas Swedish auction houses fall over themselves to gain a tasty slice of Americana for their catalogue.
However, one of the biggest attractions is located southeast of Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg. Often dubbed ‘Sweden’s Wild West’, the High Chaparral ‘Big Bengt’ museum features an enormous array of all things American, including one of the largest out-of-period vehicle collections. And some of the cars are coming up for sale.
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There’s 1200 pieces from High Chaparral’s private vehicle and affiliated memorabilia collection being sold from Friday October 19 – Sunday, October 21, starting at 11am each day. These fire sales often go hand in hand with bankruptcy and closure but that isn't the case here. Rather, it's raising funds for a new interactive set-up.
The auction listings include a 1910 Hupmobile Runabout, a right-hand-drive 1917 Bodge Brothers Model 30 Touring, 1937 Nash Ambassador, 1954 Willys Jeep, 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk, 1926 Ford Model-T and a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair sedan. Not to mention an AMC Pacer!
It’s not all American cars heading under the hammer, however. It wouldn’t be a Swedish auction without some domestic Volvos or Saabs. The auction includes a 1954 PV444 and a 1990 780 from the Volvo stable alongside a Saab 1959 93 Deluxe and 1982 900 Turbo.
For those seeking something from Blighty, a 1931 Rolls-Royce, 1947 Wolseley Eight and 1959 Ford Anglia 101E are also up for grabs. After a chunk of German automotive history? You’ll be interested to know that a 1963 Opel Rekord and 1939 Mercedes-Benz 230 could be yours.
As if that’s not quite enough, there’s over 150 street and racing motorbikes boasting Ariel, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Norton and Triumph badging. For those after something more historical, ‘Barbara Ann’ – a monumental late 1800s British traction engine – is up for grabs. Should be perfect for the mid-morning commute…
For that gap in your man-cave, there’s a host of automobilia and cultural curiosities, from American travel signs to wooden folk carvings and paintings.
Online bidding has already commenced, but the physical auction will take place in a large storage building next to the Gothenburg amusement park. There’s an auction preview fro 10am to 4pm from October 12-18 and 9am to 11am on October 19,20 and 21. You find out more information about the auction here.
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