Kruse to Offer Classics

Cars Seen at Central Texas Museum

Larry Jewett - February 09, 2012 09:21 AM


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Dan Kruse Classics will be offering 87 classic automobiles including vehicles from some of the world’s most fabled personalities and historical events. The collection of respected businessman and philanthropist Dick Burdick will be offered exclusively on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Rosansky, Texas outside of Bastropand near Austin at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. For the first time ever, this extensive collection at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Collection will go on the auction block. After 32 years, Burdick will be moving his facility to his hometown of San Marcos, Texas, giving way to the auction of these fine automobiles most without reserve.
The unprecedented sale will include historical automobiles like the rare 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout and a 1979 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe with only 14 actual miles on it.
Other highlights of the sale include a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 8 Torpedo Convertible , a 1933 Duesenberg J-365 Sports Sedan “Queen of Diamonds” and many more.
"Anyone who is at all interested in the history of our country and its people will have a natural fascination with the automobile, not only for its mechanical development, but also for the men and women who had the foresight and ingenuity to begin its development. Just look at the impact the automobile has had on society, not only in our country but around the world. This is why we find the preservation of the automobile so important to this and future generations." said Dick Burdick, founder
The 1903 Stanley Steamer Solid Seat Runabout is the most famous and longest-lived steam car in the world. The car’s design was improved by placing the engine toward the rear which improved weight balance. All of the body parts were made by hand due to the odd curvature and the Stanley boiler could raise 250 pounds of steam from cold water in about 5 minutes, making it one of the most efficient vehicles of its time. The vehicle is very rare being designed by the Stanley Brothers in the early 1900s.
A 1929 Duesenberg Franay limo with a divider window is one of only two ever built and shown in the 1931 and 1934 Paris Show and owned by Countess Proceri will also be offered.  This fine red automobile features tan leather interior, left hand drive  and twin overhead camshafts. Countess Porceri who married the Polish Count Henri de Porceri in Paris in 1931 was known as the Queen of Diamonds because of her love of jewelry and special relationship with the famous jeweler, Harry Winston. When the Duesenberg debuted in 1928 it was the sensation of both general and automotive enthusiasts.
The road ready drop top light yellow 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 8 Torpedo Convertible is among Burdick’s favorites and features black and ivory interior. The light yellow exterior finish is known as Frances Ivory. This limited, rarely seen automobile features super calibrated speedometers, operational driving lights, great chrome and trim and “under the hood” updates. Push the buttons on the radio that is in working order and you can almost feel the young love and energetic music associated with the car of this distinction.
A full list of all the cars to be auctioned can be found at