- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - The family of a central Iowa car collector is auctioning off dozens of antique vehicles he purchased over at least six decades.

Grant Quam had amassed 85 antique cars by the time he died in 2007 at age 91. That number might be startling to some, but not to his three sons and daughter who grew up around the cars and hearing their father’s signature line, “I only buy cars I like, but I like most cars.”

Quam’s collection is among the most unusual and eclectic in Iowa, and it includes several vehicles that are more than 100 years old, the Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1NM4Slp ).

On Saturday, Quam’s children will auction off 54 cars, some of which could go for as much as $250,000, at the Central Iowa Expo Center in Boone. The auction is expected to draw car enthusiasts from across the country and world, based on calls fielded by Minnesota-based VanDerBrink Auctions.

Among the cars for sale are a 1911 Overland Model 51 four-door Touring, a 1918 Peerless four-door Limo and a 1929 Oldsmobile Landau four-door Sedan.

The estate sale is bittersweet for Quam’s children, who are tied to their father’s passion, and feel that the cars are more about the stories behind them rather than their monetary worth.

Quam purchased an original 1920 Peerless Model 56, which still has its factory radiator hose, from notorious collector Bill Harrah of Harrah’s Casinos, who called it the most unique car he owned. That car was special to Quam not only because Harrah sold it to him, but because it initially was owned by an Iowa man who drove it for 10 years, and then it sat in a barn for 35 years until it was found in 1965.

Quam kept his car collection in two warehouses and a farm barn.

“I’ve sold quite a few collections, but it was amazing to walk into a building in Iowa and here are all these cars in one building. That is very unusual,” said Yvette Vanderbrink of the Minnesota auction company. “I don’t think he wanted people to know what exactly he had.”

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