This summer, in Norwalk, Ohio, VanDerBrink Auctions will sell off more than 700 cars in a massive weekend-long event. But unlike other large auctions that take place around the country, there will be only one seller, a man named Ron Hackenberger.
Since 1962, Hackenberger has been building his collection. Back then, he was a truck driver, which gave him plenty of opportunities to scout out old cars. When he started his own trucking company, it freed him up to bring a lot more cars back home with him. Eventually, he sold that company and became a rancher in Texas, but he didn’t stop collecting cars. Now living in Ohio, he’s amassed a collection of more than 700 cars.
Hackenberger’s former trucking company used to deliver goods around the country and when the man himself was at the wheel, he’d always keep an eye open for interesting cars that he could haul back home with him. That kept the collection steadily growing but as the years stacked up, Hackenberger realized that his dreams to restore many of the cars and start a museum were bound to be untenable. With a collection of this size and eccentricity, it’s difficult to say what the focus is. That said, roughly 250 of the cars for sale are Studebakers – Hackenberger’s first love – but there are also a fair number of microcars, including a BMW Isetta, a Crosley, and a Nash Metropolitan to name but a few. Also spotted in the inventory, a DeLorean, several Citroens including a DS, a Borgward, a Tatra, and a Darrin. Muscle cars including a ’65 Ford Mustang, a ’67 Plymouth Barracuda and a ’66 Dodge Charger will also cross the auction block.
Originally, Hackenberger’s plan was to open a museum, but he eventually decided to liquidate his collection. Head here to check out the rest of the photos, or go check the cars out in person the weekend of July 15th. Who knows? You might even come home with a few of them.