Jim Buck of Jacksonville looks at a 1908 Maxwell that was auctioned off Saturday at the Salmon Brothers’ car collection auction that was held on Roundtop Road in North Little Rock. (Photo by Greg Rayburn)
Mecum Auctions of Walworth, Wis., offered on Saturday a collection of nearly 140 American collector cars spanning a full century of automotive history ranging from a 1908 Maxwell to a 2008 Roush-powered Ford Mustang . The vehicles were sold at the Salmon Brothers “Car Barn” on Roundtop Road in North Little Rock.
Twin brothers and Arkansas natives, Tom and Don Salmon, had spent well over half a century amassing the collection of classic and collector automobiles with one common theme: They are American made.
With an example of nearly every major domestic manufacturer represented in the collection, the event was a celebration of the American automobile.
Among the impressive line-up of vehicles crossing the block on this day included an original 1957 Pontiac Bonneville, a rare 1957 fuel-injected Chevy Nomad, and a 1934 Cadillac Fleetwood V12 All-Weather Phaeton that is one of only three ever produced.
A handful of engines and road art also were offered for sale throughout the day. Bidder credentials were required for admittance to the special sale event.
In the hours and moments before the auction, people could be seen viewing, inspecting and photographing the car collection.
Bradley Harslem of South Lake, Texas, and his son, Dan, were in town to get a look at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock.
“This is a beautiful collection,” the elder Harslem said.
“It is not everyday you get to see a collection like this,” added Sherwood’s Benny Kidd.
While many people were present to attend the auction, the event seemed more like a festival with even a food vendor present.
According to Mechum’s website, some of Salmon Brothers cars sold at six-figure prices, including the 1934 Cadillac Fleetwood V12 which sold for $200,000.
According to the website, the vehicle was an Antique Automobile Club of America award winner which was restored in 1994.
Another vehicle which topped the six-figure mark was the 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible which sold for $110,000.
The vehicle is powered by a V-8 engine but backed up by a rare four-speed manual transmission. According to the website, the vehicle won first prize in 1998 in the Antique Automobile Club of America contest.
The auction also led to the $135,000 sale of a 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman Convertible Coupe and the sale for $100,000 for a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Fuelie.
Several other cars sold at or above the $90,000 mark.