Treasure trove of tarnished collector cars set for auction
Andy Bolig - April 16, 2014 10:39 AM
Oliver was a tough old bird, and no one, was going to tell him how he was going to run his business, so he shut the doors in 1953.
In 1945 Oliver Jordon purchased an existing salvage yard in the town of Enid, Oklahoma. He bought and sold parts until the City told Oliver to make changes to his business for zoning.
Oliver was a tough old bird, and no one, was going to tell him how he was going to run his business, so he shut the doors in 1953. Oliver continued to buy cars and expand his collection and soon his property was covered with hundreds of collector vehicles from the Teens to 1940’s and some 1950’s. He set up guard to his fortress with barbed wire and mean dogs. He was known as the “man with all the cars”. Mr. Jordon constantly had folks wanting to buy his cars and parts, but he constantly said, “NO!”
Mr. Jordon was constantly trying to keep his privacy and guarding his land against expansion from the City of Enid. He didn’t want to follow the city’s rules, and didn’t want anyone telling him what to do with his cars or his life, which he shared with his wife Ruby. In 2001, Ruby fell off a ladder and the family came in to help. One grandson, Stuart Piontek, became determined to better know this tough character. He started working with his grandparents to help them get ready for their end years. He helped move the cars, inventory them, and constructed a building to help protect some of them. Many of the original buildings were in des-repair and starting to fall on the cars. One of which was his Grandpa’s 1936 Cord.
Oliver Jordon died in 2004 and left his wife Ruby with all that old iron. The family again worked to help her out and one time they had advertised and offered the collection as a whole. This led to many visits from several famous people, but didn’t conclude in a final deal. Rudy has now passed away and the family is now offering this amazing collection at auction to the highest bidder on June 7th, 2014.
VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC will offer this amazing collection of approx. 220 cars. The majority of the collection is from the 1930’s and 1940’s. There are many rare cars in this collection, including a 1936 Cord, 1937 Cord, one of which is supercharged, and a 1939 all aluminum Lincoln 7-passenger sedan. There are hundreds of cars, frames and bodies that are ripe for use in a rod or restoration. The collection is not limited to vehicles, but hundreds of collector parts primarily from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The auction will be held at the Jordon home in Enid, Oklahoma. The auction will be held on-site and also on-line. Many of the parts will be offered only to on-site bidders. If you can’t come to the auction, VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC will also offer the vehicles and some parts on an on-line auction. The property must be cleared so this is your only chance to buy one of these unique pieces of history. Bidding starts June 7th at 9:30 and goes through all day and possibly onto the 8th. Preview is June 6th, All will be sold AS IS and NO RESERVE!
For Your Information:
508 E. South Gate Road
Enid, Oklahoma 73701
On the South Edge of Enid, Oklahoma, take Hwy 81 to South Gate Road. Head East on South Gate Road 1 1/2 miles to auction location. Follow Signs.
VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC