In a new video, YouTube channel Classic Car Rescue takes viewers on a preview of an Auburn, Indiana, auction. The vast collection of for-sale vehicles includes numerous Packards, Chryslers, Studebakers, Oldsmobiles, and other classic cars, mainly from the first half of the 20th century. Along the way, we get to see examples like the breakthrough BMW 502 sedan, a stellar Pontiac GTO convertible, and even a notorious Ford Pinto.
Dozens of Drool-Worthy Treasures
It’s impossible to highlight every car among the dozens of drool-worthy treasures, but here are some of the highlights (with timestamps) of the 40-minute presentation.
1957 BMW 502 Sedan (2:12)
The 502 has much significance in the BMW world as Germany’s first post-war V-8 car. Along with the predecessor 501, the 502 helped usher in the return of the premium German automobile. And, both models laid the groundwork for the iconic BMW 5 Series.
1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon (3:01)
While the earliest automobiles used cheaper and easier-to-manipulate wood, steel eventually took over for body composition. So, like this ‘49 Buick, wood in post-war cars was more about styling and luxury. Long before the Escalade, the Roadmaster was GM’s premium family hauler.
1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible (4:00)
While the “muscle car” moniker had been kicking around before automakers officially got into the action, Pontiac was among the first to use the term in marketing. Thus cementing muscle cars into American car culture. Among the earliest examples is the first-generation GTO (which technically was an upgrade to the LeMans),
1926 Whippet Model 96 Roadster (9:50)
The car market was enjoying boom times in the Roaring ‘20s. So, not wanting to miss out, Willys-Overland launched its Whippet brand to focus on smallish (for the times) cars that featured European styling and advanced engineering. The Whippet line eventually faded into history after the Great Depression set in despite initial success.
1932 Packard Twin Six 905 Sport Phaeton (18:40)
If you’re a Packard fan or are just curious about the once-dominant American luxury brand, you’ll want to check out the more the half-dozen examples in the video. One noteworthy model is this ‘32 Twin Six (that’s Packard’s way of calling attention to the car’s 12-cylinder powerplant) 905 Sport Phaeton, an opulent example that thumbed its nose at most of America during the height of the Depression.
1935 Studebaker Dictator 2A Phaeton (27:06)
Among the several Studebakers at this auction is this 1935 model, which, while being sharply styled for its era, really gets more attention due to its ill-conceived “Dictator” name. It’s a badge that wouldn’t play well in 1930s Europe or just about anywhere else. Wisely, the Commander name replaced Studebaker’s poor word choice for the 1937 model year.
Sources: YouTube, Worldwide Auctioneers, hemmings.com, bonhams.com, conceptcarz.com
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