The collection is the product of two decades of acquisition by Texas businessman and lifelong auto enthusiast, Charlie Thomas. A car dealer and former owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team, Thomas operated more than 40 car dealerships, one of the largest dealership networks in the United States. In addition, Thomas’ love for the automobile has seen him build a collection of American motor cars, from American Classics to early flatheads, ’50s convertibles, and ’60s muscle and sports cars. From Fords to Chevrolets, Chryslers and Pontiacs, every marque is represented in the collection.
The upcoming auction, scheduled October 20th, 2012 at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine (Dallas), a short drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, is planned to downsize Thomas’ collection and will offer more than 150 vehicles ‘without reserve’.
“Charlie Thomas is the consummate car guy with a great eye for quality,” says Alain Squindo, Director, Private Collections, RM Auctions. “A connoisseur of American cars, his collection has a strong emphasis on fully-restored, well-optioned, running and driving examples. These are cars he remembers fondly from his childhood and through his career as a very successful dealer. We are honored to have been entrusted by Charlie to present his personal collection at auction.”
Fords will be prominently featured at the October auction, with no less than 80 examples slated for the podium. The Ford offerings encompass a wide selection of flathead Fords joined by a series of icons from the fifties and sixties, as represented in an assortment of Thunderbirds and Mustangs. Among highlights is a fully-optioned 1935 Ford Deluxe Three-Window Coupe finished in Washington Blue, an award-winning 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, and a 1954 Ford Skyliner “Glasstop”.
The diverse offering also includes an important roster of other celebrated American marques, including but not limited to Auburn, Buick, Cadillac, Desoto, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pierce-Arrow, and Packard.
For additional information on the Charlie Thomas Collection auction, visit www.rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575.
A video highlighting the collection, including commentary from Charlie Thomas, is found below:
[Source: RM Auctions]