Collectors may be in for a bargain as there will be no reserve at the auction of the Den Hartogh Ford Museum in the Netherlands on June 23.
Auction house Bonhams announced that today in her press release.
The collection of the museum in Hillegom, the Netherlands, holds about 200 Ford and Lincoln automobiles and 50 motorcycles.
For none of them, there will be a reserve price, which basically means that everything will be sold at the auction.
For collectors of vintage Ford and Lincoln automobiles, this means that they have a chance of picking up one or two bargains.
The Den Hartogh Ford Museum in Hillegom, the Netherlands, is believed to be the largest collection of Fords in the world.
The collection concentrates on prewar cars, varying from Ford Models A, B and C to icecream vans, ambulances and fire engines.
The founder of the museum, Piet den Hartogh, bought his first classic Ford in 1956.
Piet fell in love with the marque at a young age.
He was inspired by the Ford trucks used by his father’s transport company after it graduated from barges and horse-drawn carriages to more modern modes of transport.
Piet’s collection grew rapidly, as he tried to obtain a copy of every single Ford model, ranging from the 1903 Model A to more modern camper vans and even a Canadian police-issue snowmobile.
In the 1990s Piet den Hartogh and his wife started the museum, thus sharing their collection with Ford enthusiasts across the world.
The Dutch Ford Museum grew to be world famous among Ford-collectors and all motorheads.
After Piet died in 2010, his daughter Greske ran the museum for many years. But now the family has decided that it is time to let the collection go, and share it with other collectors.
Foto’s Courtesy Bonhams
Rupert Banner, Bonhams Group Head of Motoring, commented: “The Den Hartogh collection has been a pilgrimage for Ford aficionados for many years. It will be a pleasure to offer this astonishing range of Fords and Lincolns on site at the museum which has so carefully housed them for the past 21 years. Every vehicle must be sold and each lot is offered without reserve, meaning that both Ford enthusiasts, and the wider collecting community, will be able to bid for their own piece of the marque’s history.”