- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AURORA, Neb. (AP) - An Aurora man is auctioning off his collection of 108 classic and quirky vehicles that he has amassed over the years.

Harv Bish’s vehicles will be sold Saturday with no reserve, the Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1VQaLV9 ) reports. The 85-year-old said he doesn’t want to leave it to his children to care for them.

The auction will include a mini-monster truck, a 1957 Chevrolet fire truck, a 1968 Dodge Super Bee and a 1966 Ford Mustang with a retractable hardtop. There’s also a 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 and a 1908 Waltham.

“I made up my mind that they’re all going, so they’re going,” he said.

Bish got his first car, a Ford Model A, right out of high school. He said he would often pick up cars on the way home from delivering products for his business.

“I’m not just a Ford man, a Chevy man, or a Dodge man,” Bish said. “I just found something that caught my eye and tried to get it bought.”

Collecting continued in retirement, after his son bought out his business in 1999. His vehicles have been driven in parades and events, and all but one of them made it through a 2008 tornado that took down part of a building.

Auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink, who’s handling the sale, said she thinks the variety of Bish’s collection will garner a good turnout. The auction gives Bish one last chance to share memories about his vehicles, she said.

“When we sell collector cars or antique tractors, people buy memories that come along with those cars,” VanDerBrink said.

Bish said he hopes those who buy the cars will get as much out of them as he has.

“I had a lot of fun with them,” he said. “And now it’s time for somebody else to do the same.”


This story has been corrected to show that the model year of the Ford Mustang is 1966, instead of 1996.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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