Auctions America will offer the Terry Bennett Collection during a two-day sale, September 21-22, 2012 in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.
The Terry Bennett Collection comprises a diverse series of motor cars, motorcycles, boats, bicycles, architectural pieces and other vintage memorabilia, all amassed by Dr. Terry Bennett over the past 20 years.
A lifelong enthusiast and collector, Dr. Bennett purchased his first motor car – a 1928 Chevrolet – when he was just eight years old. The Chevrolet represented a significant purchase for Bennett, kick starting an intense interest in all things collectible. The collection on offer – one of a series Bennett has built over the years – represents hours of scouring printed classifieds, antique stores, car dealerships and salvage yards across the United States and as far away as Europe in search of rare, unusual and fortuitous finds.
Bennett, 74, will bid farewell to his treasures, stored in a series of multi-story barns on his New Hampshire property, in an effort to downsize his collection. Auctions America’s two-day sale of the collection will feature more than 1100 lots ‘without reserve’, providing a range of ownership opportunities for avid collectors.
“Dr. Terry Bennett has an incredible energy and drive for the collecting hobby and a great passion for history and design,” says Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM. “We’re honored to have been selected to present his vast collection as we further build on our reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections. In terms of its diversity, the Bennett Collection is unmatched, a true treasure chest of collectibles. It certainly gives a new meaning to the term ‘barn find’.”
The collection is highlighted by more than 140 motor cars, spanning a range of marques and eras from the early 1920s to late model examples. Among highlights are a unique, one-off hand-built Honore Wagner BMW Post War Race Car, a 1925 Lancia Roadster, a 1929 Franklin Seven Passenger Sedan and a 1930 Cadillac. The collection also includes a series of Nissan Skylines, Volkswagens, Mercedes-Benz and Austin Minis to name a few. Also on offer are a Halibrand American Red Ball Indy Race Car and a 2002 GEM Electric Car.
Classic motorcycle enthusiasts will appreciate the collection’s vintage motor bikes, which, like the automobiles, spans a broad range of marques from Ducati to BSA, Indian, Suzuki and Yamaha. Beyond the motorized bikes, the collection also comprises a selection of pedal bicycles, including a H.C. Higgins Bicycle, a Firestone Super Cruiser and a Western Flyer. Other unique finds include a Columbia Tandem Bike, a Custom Harley Davidson Themed Bicycle and a Wooden Wheel Racing Bike.
The collection also includes a small group of boats, kayaks, model airplanes, collectible antique and modern surfboards and even an Aerosport Scamp biplane, which has been a part of the collection since the early 2000s.
The Terry Bennett Collection auction will be held at the Bennett property in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, with a full-day auction preview on Thursday, September 20.
For additional information, visit www.auctionsamerica.com.
[Source: Auctions America]