MARSHALL - The auction of Rolland Rebers' classic Ford collection held in Echo on Saturday went off well, with attendance of about 1,500 people from all over the United States. Unfortunately, one lucky bidder didn't make it more than a half-mile before misfortune struck.
"He loaded the 1940 Ford Coupe on a trailer, went about a half mile and didn't stop for a stop sign," Rebers said. "He said he didn't see it."
Rebers, a retired concrete mason, decided this year to auction off about 15 classic Fords in various states of restoration he had collected since 1965. Herbert Dally of Templeton, Calif., won the coupe, paying about $22,000 for it, Rebers said.
Herbert Dally drove to Echo from California last weekend for an antique car auction, went away with a classic 1940 Ford Coupe, then was involved in a crash that destroyed his new toy.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Dally was going westbound on Minnesota Highway 67 in a 1999 Ford pickup puling the coupe on a trailer when he went through the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 1 and struck a 2010 Ford Edge driven by Joni Baune of Vesta. Both vehicles went into the ditch and hit some farm equipment.
There were no injuries.
The crash was reported at 4:07 p.m.
According to Rebers, the antique was destroyed. It is not known if the coupe was insured, but Rebers was not hopeful.
"I was up at an auction last month and an auctioneer told me, 'Once you buy it, it's yours, we're done with it,'" Rebers said.