By: Gov Auctions | 3 June 2014
Incredible Oliver Jordan Hidden 250+ Car Collection Up for Auction in June – Eni
In the world of collector car auto auctions, the gigantic Lambrecht Chevrolets stash made headlines a little more than six months ago. Since then, the 500+ cars have all found homes and the majority of them are more than halfway through the restoration phase. From a historic point of view, this stash of vehicles is one of the largest and most well-known recently discovered collections of classic automobiles which went up for auction. A more recent discovery is the Oliver Jordan collection in Enid Oklahoma. This collection of vehicles and more than 250 bodies and will be up for auction in June.
The Background Story
While large, unknown collections of collector cars are typically found within such a short time span, the latter part of 2013 and early 2014 have brought a host of surprises to the collector car community. Oliver Jordan collected all of these cars through his salvage yards which operated from 1945 to 1953 in the small town of Enid, Oklahoma. With a population of less than 50,000, it is most well known as the wheat capital of Oklahoma. When Jordan closed his salvage yard in 1953, he kept his collection a secret by surrounding it with a large fence and barbed wire. According to local sources he led very few people actually see the remaining contents.
One of the more unusual facts surrounding this collection is that many locals believe no cars entered or exited after the salvage yard was closed in 1953. Very few people speculate as to why Oliver Jordan kept his collection secret for so long, however after his passing and 2004 and his widow’s passing in 2013 his collection will be up for sale on a one-day collector’s car auto auction.
The most notable find within this collection is an aluminum bodied 1937 seven passenger Lincoln limo by Willoughby. This is believed to be one of only five remaining Lincoln limos of its type – which isn’t surprising considering only 60 were ever manufactured.
Other notable highlights include a 1937 or model 812 supercharged Beverly sedan, several 1942 blackout specials – both of Ford and the Chevy – which were built during World War II while the government puts render restrictions on the use of ornamental shiny metal parts. There is also a 1937 TeraPlane Super Six which was a short-lived vehicle produced by Hudson.
The auction is managed by VanDerBrink Auctions and all of the vehicles are from the 1930’s and 1940’s although there are a few from the 1950’s. In general, a majority of the auction is prewar vehicles which will be sold both on-site and online. Since it was a salvage yard, many of the vehicles have noticeable wear and tear on the exterior as they sat outside for numerous decades. At the same time, this is considered to be an ideal auction for anyone who is collecting parts or looking for that unique piece of original material which their own customize car lacks. Not only does it include numerous unique vehicles, but it also includes a variety of vintage race car bodies, rare aluminum bodies, and numerous high-value pieces and parts.