Auburn firm to auction Shipshewana’s Hudsons

A photo shows some of the cars from the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Collection that will sold in an auction Aug. 4 in Shipshewana.

HUDSON — Worldwide Auctioneers said Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract from the town of Shipshewana to sell the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Collection.

The sale will take place Aug. 4 at 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, the site of the a former museum that housed the collection.

The cars are billed as the world’s greatest and most complete collection of Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton and Dover cars and trucks.

A decision to close the museum permanently and liquidate its nearly 60-car collection was made in January. A news release said the museum board recommended Worldwide to conduct the sale after extensive interviews with several national auction companies.

“They were just the best in regard to the overall offer,” Bob Shanahan, Shipshewana town manager, said of Worldwide. “The offers were very good. We had seven companies that we interviewed. It was the Shipshewana Car Museum Inc. board that made the final decision, but they just seemed to be the best overall.”

Shanahan added, “The board possibly liked the idea of the auction being held in Shipshewana.”

“This is the one of the most impressive and impactful collections you’ll ever see — there are so many one-off and scarcely seen examples. We’re honored to have been entrusted with the sale of such a matchless collection,” John Kruse, principal of Worldwide Auctioneers, said in the news release.

Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Collection was born of the late Eldon Hostetler’s lifelong passion for the marque. His collection eventually encompassed dozens of beautifully restored cars, from the very first Hudson, a 1909 Model 20, to the last, a 1956 Hornet, and outstanding examples from all the decades in between, Worldwide said.

The auction lineup includes several unique versions and racing cars, the auction company said. Highlights include a one-off 1928 Murphy bodied Town Car, a 1917 Shaw Special originally built with its Duesenberg chassis and a 1951 Hornet Convertible.

Worldwide Auctioneers’ annual calendar also includes The Scottsdale Auction in Arizona in January; The Texas Classic Auction, scheduled for April 21 in Arlington, Texas; The Pacific Grove Auction, presented on the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week in August; and The Auburn Auction, held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Indiana, as well as stand-alone auctions of significant private collections.

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