A motoring industry icon, Joe MacPherson was a passionate car enthusiast who spent his life devoted to buying, selling and restoring a diverse range of collectible automobiles. His beloved ‘Joe’s Garage’ – a private automotive museum and banquet facility in Tustin, California – served as a timely memorial to his passion and the southern California car culture.
“For California hot rodders and Orange County natives, the name Joe MacPherson is instantly recognizable,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.
“As the founder of numerous auto dealerships and a distinguished philanthropist, Mr. MacPherson was as much an astute businessman as he was an active member of his community.
“In addition, Mr. MacPherson was also a passionate collector, acquiring an impressive collection of historic, sports, racing and custom motor cars over his lifetime, all of which were proudly displayed at his famed Joe’s Garage,” added Kelleher.
Following Mr. MacPherson’s passing in 2007 and the subsequent closure of ‘Joe’s Garage’ earlier this year, RM Auctions is delighted to offer the renowned Joe MacPherson Collection at auction on June 14. The single-day event will present approximately 50 historic motor cars for sale, in addition to selected memorabilia and a selection of 25 outstanding motorcycles.
“The Joe MacPherson Collection event will present a range of exclusive ownership opportunities for discerning collectors – particularly those with an affinity for vintage performance cars,” said Kelleher.
“All items represent the ‘best of the very best’ in their respective genres of automotive history and will be offered without reserve”, he added.
Highlights of the collection include the record-holding 1954 Chrisman Ford Bonneville Coupe, built by the famous Chrisman brothers; a 1957 McCluskey Sprint Car “Tamale Wagon”, which won over 120 races and four California Racing Association championships; a 1966 Gurney Eagle Indy Car, which is considered amongst the most beautiful and inspiring of all Gurney Eagles ever built; and a multiple race-winning 1994 Chevrolet Lumina formerly owned by the legendary Dale Earnhardt.
An additional highlight of the auction line-up is one of the most important Miller racing cars in existence, the supercharged 1923 Miller 122. Badged number 2, this example was driven by such racing greats as Eddie Hearne, Ira Vail, Earl Cooper and Bill Albertson. Following its retirement from racing and a subsequent full restoration, which saw the example restored to as it appeared on race day at the 1925 Indianapolis 500, this magnificent example was awarded a ‘Best in Class’ at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Event Information – Joe’s Garage: The Macpherson Collection – June 14, 2008; Tustin, California; Admission to the auction is by catalog only, which admits both the catalog holder and a guest. The full-color collectable catalog is available for $80 U.S. (plus shipping), by calling (800)-211-4371 or visiting www.rmauctions.com.
[Source: RM Auctions]