The contents of the De Rijke Museum in Oostvoorne, Netherlands, are to be auctioned in November. All vehicles are now available to see on the auctioneer’s website.
The De Rijke Museum was founded by Cees de Rijke, a Dutch entrepreneur and owner of a transport company. After his death in 2015, the family decided to close the museum. Now the contents are to be auctioned. A few weeks ago, the present owner of the collection told the local press that he thinks the collection is worth 5 million euro.
When Cees de Rijke died in 2015, he was 92 years old, so he grew up in the 1920’s and 1930’s. When you consider that most classic car lovers prefer the cars that they saw in their youth, you will understand that a large part of the museum’s collection consists of cars from this period.
There is a staggering amount of vehicles in this collection, that is now being presented on the auctioneer’s website. We should tell you however that there are more than 100 two-wheelers among them: motorcycles, mopeds and even some bicycles.
Bidding has not started yet, but you can browse through the collection now and see if there’s anything there you’d like.
Chances are that you will, because there’s something for everyone in the De Rijke collection.
It starts with around 50 Fords, some T-Fords, several Model A’s and even two 1920’s Lincolns. There’s quite a lot of American cars in this collection, like about a dozen Chevrolets from before and after WW2, but also a 1928 and a 1929 Packard, a 1928 Stutz and a 1931 Marmon, to name just a few. All major American brands are represented, not just Dodge Brothers and Studebaker, but also Hupmobile, Oakland and Graham, for instance.
European cars are also represented, starting with a handful of Rolls-Royces. The largest one of them is a 1961 Phantom V. And there are about 20 Mercedes-cars, dating from the early 1950’s to the 1980’s.
Of course, there is a good collection of microcars too, with two Messerschmitt KR200’s, a Goggomobil, BMW Isetta and a 1964 Trojan/Heinkel. As for sports cars, the collection holds items like an Austin Healy Sprite, Triumph TR4 and TR6 and even a Panther Lima.
And from behind the former iron curtain, there’s a Chaika, a Tatra and some Trabants.
The motorcycles that are available include several Harley-Davidson bikes, including one from 1926, 1942 and 1943. Other motorbikes are Triumph, BSA, DKW and even a 1929 Peugeot.
Being a truck-man himself, Cees de Rijke of course had a collection of trucks as well, they start with a De Dion-Bouton from 1929, a 1931 REO pickup and a 1932 REO Speedwagon.
Apart from American trucks like Mack, GMC and Diamond, the truck-collection consists mostly of European brands: Scania, Volvo, Daf, Bedford, Ford, Citroën, Opel and Mercedes and there is even a Borgward. A very special one is the 1939 Kromhout T4, being one of few of this dutch brand still remaining.
The auction house Epic Auctions seem to be still busy working things out, which is why the info on some of the cars is not correct. That is probably why the 1948 Aero Minor is being called a Morris Minor. But all in all this promises to be a very lively auction, with a very broad array of vehicles.
All vehicles will be auctioned online, the auction will start on November 18 and end the next day. You can see the vehicles on the days before, they are all at a location in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.