Antique car auction features 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout and extensive petroliana collectibles

SAN MARCOS, Texas – In an announcement that includes a country music legend, a billionaire, a countess and a few racing trophies, Dan Kruse Classics announces the extraordinary opportunity to bid on top-quality petroliana lots from a museum deaccession, as well as  87 classic and rare antique automobiles.

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.

1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout  Rare 1903 Stanley Steamer Model C Runabout 6.5HP, 2-Cylinder Steam Engine Chassis No. 307. Photo courtesy Dan Kruse Classics.

For the first time ever, this extensive collection at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Collection will go on the auction block giving collectors and enthusiasts of fine automotive collectibles and memorabilia a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After 32 years, Burdick will be moving his facility to his hometown of San Marcos, giving way to the auction of fine automobiles (most without reserve) and automobile-related memorabilia.

The unprecedented sale will include historical automobiles like the rare 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout to the fabled 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Show Long Wheel Base Limousine owned by the “man in black” himself, Johnny Cash or even a 1979 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe with only 14 actual miles on it. Additionally, dozens of vintage metal petroliana signs, vintage license plates and spectacular gas pumps and globes will be up for bid.

Other exquisite antique automobile highlights of the sale include a 1905 Lorraine & De Dietrich VDC Two Seat Racer from the Great Race , a 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Touring vehicle from the Great Race, a 1911 very rare Napier Garden Car, a 1901 Holsman Model 54 High Wheeler Rear Entry Tonneau , a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 8 Torpedo Convertible, a 1933 Duesenberg J-365 Sports Sedan “Queen of Diamonds,” a 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Town Car owned by billionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt , a 1906 International Harvester Depot Hack and many more.

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.

Step back in time to the Great American Race, the cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and each other and which has been immortalized in film and fiction. In homage to this historical pastime a 1905 Lorraine & De Dietrich DVC two-seater from the Great Race and a 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Touring car from the Great Race are being offered. The 1905 two-seater is a beautifully restored example of the quality French motoring company founded in 1896, Societe Lorraine des Anciens Establishments de Dietrich and Cie. This car features a two-place arrangement that has actually competed in the Great American Race.

One of the richest Americans in history, Cornelius Vanderbilt, knew how to travel in grand style. His 1913 Rolls Royce silver Ghost Town Car is being offered in this rare opportunity. The American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and was also known by the sobriquet Commodore. This deep maroon treasure was personally ordered by Vanderbilt from the factory in England and treasured by himself and his family.

Metal sign: Phillps 66 "The World's Finest Oil for your motor"  Phillps 66 “The World’s Finest Oil for your motor” green and orange metal sign.

The vintage petroliana category is packed with the best examples of gas pumps, metal signs, pump globes, a collection of approximately 60 ashtrays, dozens of vintage license plates and more.

Vintage gas pumps offered include a red Esso Extra, a red Flying A Gasoline, a red Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline, Red Crown Gasoline, Sinclair Dino and many more.

The metal signs list is long and varied, including Gillette Tires, Atlas, Avon Solid Tyres, Conoco, Chicago Motor Club, Flying A Service and Gillette Tires, among others.

The Central Texas Museum of Automotive History was founded by Dick Burdick in 1980 and was dedicated to the collection, restoration, education and preservation of historic automobiles, accessories and historical data. Burdick built a one-of-a-kind collection which traces the development of the automobile and its effect on the social and economic climate of much of the world.

Auction previews will be held from Friday, Feb. 17 through March 2, 2012. 10am – 5pm (Sundays 12 N – 5pm CST). $100.00 Registration Fee. [Read terms and conditions of sale on Dan Kruse Classics’ website.] Cash buyers require a $2,500 cash deposit when registering to bid. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, cashier’s checks, JJ Best financing, and personal/business checks accompanied by an irrevocable bank letter of guarantee. Major credit cards may be used to purchase memorabilia items.

Auction Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10am PST. Located at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, 2502 Highway 304 in Smithville, Texas.  Absentee and Phone Bids accepted and are available. Contact  Dan Kruse Classics at 1-866-495-8111 for information or to register.

[Download the free antique car and collectibles auction catalog from Dan Kruse Classics.]

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