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April 23, 2014

Classic cars treasure trove

ENID, Okla. — Tucked away on the south side of Enid is a treasure trove of classic cars and parts, the makings of any hot rodder’s dreams.

The Jordan Car Collection, as it’s been dubbed, will go up for auction Saturday, June 7, at 508 E. Southgate Road.

A preview is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6.  

VanDerBrink Auctions, which also auctioned off the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection last year, will sell of some 220 cars, mostly Fords, as well as a collections of parts and four antique tractors.

The sale in Enid will be featured on a Fox News Business show, which already has filmed some of the collection and will return for the auction.

The collection was that of Oliver Jordan, who ran a salvage yard in Enid from 1945 to 1953. Most of the cars are pre-war Fords, but the collection also includes some rare cars, such as an all-aluminum body, seven-passenger 1939 Lincoln sedan.

Jordan passed away in 2004 at the age of 95. His wife, Ruby, passed away in 2013.

The collection features some 50 complete Fords and various parts cars, about 20 Chevrolets and Oldsmobiles. The collection also features some Kaisers, Packards, Hudsons and DeSotos.

The auction also will feature a rare 1924 Rollin Touring and two Cords, a 1936 and a 1937.

“There are hundreds of cars, and bodies that are amazing for rod, restore and parts,” said Yvette VanDerBrink, broker and auctioneer. “The collection is not limited to vehicles, but hundreds of collector parts primarily from the 1930s and 1940s.”

The sale will be held on site at the Jordan property and online. The sale begins at 9:30 a.m.

“ This will be a big weekend and if you are a hot rodder, rat rodder or restorer, you won’t want to miss this auction,” she said. “The property must be cleared so this is your only chance to buy one of these unique pieces of history.”

VanDerBrink said the company has receive worldwide interest in the sale because of the rarity of the vehicles in the collection. She said her first impression of the collection was, “Wow.”

“That’s a lot of stuff. A lot of pre-war stuff. It was pretty amazing to see that much pre-World War II stuff in one spot,” she said. “For a street rodder, rat rodder or a hot rod guy, it’s like a Utopia for them.”

She said the presence of the two Cords is enough to grab the attention of anyone into cars.

“The fact there are two Cords in the barn right there. They are extremely hard to find,” she said. “That stuff is getting so hard to find and then here it is — a whole yard full.”

VanDerBrink said Jordan had his cars in four different locations across Enid before his grandson and family moved all of them to a single location.

“I had a lot of guys tell me, ‘Well, I wondered where they went,’” she said. “A lot of people have been watching them for a long time and have been waiting for this sale.”

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