Leake launches its 40th classic car auction season
By Larry Edsall
Jim Leake grew up in Oklahoma just off an unpaved road that soon would become the famed Route 66. As the story goes, after school and chores, Leake and his brothers and sisters would go to watch the cars drive past. “One day I’m going to have own a car just like that,” Leake would say -- of seemingly every interesting vehicle that passed. As it turns out, Jim Leake did just that.
Leake married a wholesale grocer’s daughter, and used the grocer’s extra warehouse space to store his cars -- lots of cars.
But the time came for some of those warehouses to be sold, and that meant some of the cars had to go as well. In 1964, Leake hosted one of the first collector car auctions in the United States. In 1972, he staged another auction, and this time it became an annual event. Before long Leake was holding auctions in various cities in Oklahoma and Texas.
This weekend (Friday and Saturday), in the cox Pavilion at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, the Leake Auction Co. opens what it considers to be its 40th anniversary season with more than 400 cars scheduled to cross the block. Other Leake auctions are scheduled for April 20-21 at San Antonio, June 8-10 at Tulsa and November 16-18 at Dallas.
Featured vehicles at Oklahoma City include a 5-window 1929 Ford coupe by Boyd Coddington, one of 59 1971 Plymouth Hemi Road Runners, the 1993 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the inaugural Brickyard 400, and one of only three triple black 1968 Shelby GT500 convertibles.
Milhous and more at Boca Raton
The sale of the Milhous Collection isn’t the only big event taking place the final weekend of this month in Boca Raton, Florida. The sixth annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is February 26 and will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the Shelby Cobra and of James Bond as well as the anticipation of the upcoming centennial of Aston Martin.
Worldwide at the Trump
February 24-26 also are the dates for the annual Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal auction in Atlantic City, New Jersey, by Worldwide Auctioneers. Among the featured cars are a 1929 Auburbn 8-125 boattail speedster being sold for the first time in more than a quarter century, a 1939 Packard Twelve Series 1708 all-weather cabriolet -- one of four bodied by Brunn -- and a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood sport phaeton.
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