Auction Classic: Ron Hackenberger Auction Update

Remember that crazy 700-car hoard coming up for auction this summer that we posted about a few months back? The full inventory has just been released, and I am posting it here for your reading pleasure.

While it is clearly still a work in progress (many of the cars still don’t have model years, for example), there is something for just about everyone here.

Mr. Hackenberger clearly had a thing for Studebakers, because they comprise a significant portion of the collection (100+ cars and trucks). Some are quite rare or unusual, like the truck pictured below.

This is 1962 Studebaker Cabover truck with a rare 3-cylinder diesel engine (yes, you read that right). The interior is said to be original, and is described as “having wear.” Anyone know anything about this unusual engine?

1958 Packard Wagon

I counted 14 Packards in the inventory, with many from the post Studebaker-Packard merger era. There are an astonishing six 1958 Packards, including at least one 1958 Hawk coupe (588 produced), and a 1958 wagon (159 produced). Granted, all Packards after 1956 were actually facelifted Studebakers, and will therefore never be held with the same regard as “true” Packards, and probably explains their appeal to Mr. Hackenberger.

1951 Frazer Manhattan Convertible

There is also an extraordinarily rare 1951 Frazer Manhattan 4-door convertible, of which only 131 were produced. I’ve never seen one in person, and chances are you haven’t either, which is shame, because they are real stunners. The sheetmetal on this example looks fantastic, but sadly all the trim pieces are missing – hopefully they are elsewhere on the property and can be reunited with the body. If there is a car in this auction that is deserving of full restoration, it is this one.

While Mr. Hackenberger clearly has a taste for the unusual, he also seems to have all the cliché collectibles covered as well: A two-seater Thunderbird, a retractable hardtop Ford Skyliner, an Amphicar, a Bricklin, a DeLorean, a Mustang, a Jaguar E-Type, a bevy of Beetles, and of course a ’57 Chevy.

There is also some more modern iron that was previously unmentioned, like a 1987 Nissan 300ZX, a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron, a 1988 Cadillac Allante, and a 1990 Chrysler/Maserati TC.

Any potential buyer needs to go in with their eyes open. For starters, lets call this what it is: a hoard, not a collection. No collector would accumulate this many cars only to neglect them and let them sit around rot. Even the best examples will require, at minimum, all new fluids, belts, hoses, tires, battery, etc. just from decades of sitting idle. Most will require much more than that before becoming drivable, much less showable.

I plan on attending the preview on July 14, where no doubt I’ll get enough material for a lifetime of future Curbside Classic posts. Feel free to peruse the list and send me any photo requests.


Hackenberger Preliminary Inventory