Problem: We worked with an Estate in the Shenandoah Valley representing a recently deceased owner who had a wonderful collection of 1930â€™s thru 1940â€™s classic cars. The cars were scattered over several estate properties he owned and carriage houses storing the collection. There were several problems. Most of the cars had not been started in 3-4 years and the real estate represented in the estate had contracts on it â€“ these units had to move fast â€“ but the Executor did not want to â€œgive them awayâ€ either.
Solution: On day one, we started photographing and marketing the cars on classic car sites pointing interested parties to our website as being available with sale date TBA in the near future. We started to shuttle the cars off site and swung into action â€“ with almost an assembly line mentality. The cars went up on a lift to drain the fuel tanks of their stale gas, inspect the transmission, differential fluids, photograph and evaluate the undercarriage for upcoming marketing. Then, new batteries, clean and gap plugs and set the points and timing. When we got the cars up and running, we then cleaned and detailed the units for their final phase advertising and marketing. The on line auctions enjoyed both US and foreign bidders.
Result: Out of 16 cars, only 2 remained in the DC Metro area with the other 14 being shipped to 9 other States and British Columbia.