On Sept. 29, a collection of vintage Fords is going on the block in Echo. Rolland Rebers is selling his cars and a lot of car parts in demand among classic auto restoration enthusiasts.
"This is a 1940 Ford coupe," Rebers said. "I used to drive it to work in the Cities in 1965. I just kept it as an antique; I figured after two years I have my money's worth out of it."
Rebers, a retired concrete mason, owns about 15 Fords in various states of restoration.
Photo by Steve Browne
Echo resident Rolland Rebers with some of the classic cars in his collection of Ford
models. The collection will be auctioned off on Sept. 29. Bidders are expected to come from all over the United States to bid on the cars and collection of spare parts.
"They seemed to be the most popular," Rebers said. "They're just a real good collectible car. There's probably more of them than other makes because there were more of them around."
The oldest in Rebers' collection is a 1926 Model T in need of restoration, but it's going on the block as-is for some other collector to restore.
Then there's a 1946 Ford convertible Rebers bought in 1969.
"I just put a new engine in it," Rebers said. "I have to do a little brake work on it and then it'll be ready to go on the sale line."
The auction is expected to attract bidders from all over the U.S.
Along with the cars and parts there will be some classic tractors for sale by John Deere and Allis Chalmers.
One of the most interesting cars is a relatively late model. It's a 1951 sedan, but it's only got 65 miles on it.
"Back in 1978 I was in Osakis, and a fellow told me about this car," Rebers said. "The owner had been in the Foreign Legion and ordered the car from Ford to be sent to Africa. It hasn't got a heater. He was taken prisoner and contacted Ford and told them to send it to his home in Long Prairie. I said, 'Let's go see it,' and I bought it at the auction sale."
Rebers is also an engine collector and has some antique Stickney gas engines, made by a firm based in the Twin Cities that made them for farms at a time most farms didn't have electricity. But they aren't going on the block just yet.
Rebers said the charge he gets out of the cars is finding and buying them, so he won't miss them once they're sold.
"You know why I'm selling them?" Rebers said. "They're changing the tax laws. Next year the capital gains tax is going to be raised from 11 percent to 15 percent. That could be quite a lot of money if I wait."