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Extensive Hot Rod Collection Up for Bids Online

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On: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 4:32PM | By: Gary P Garry

Extensive Hot Rod Collection Up for Bids Online

People sometimes say that you will ultimately be successful if you do things that you are completely passionate about. This can certainly enter the picture when you are talking about career goals, but you can also experience a level of success that you were not necessarily looking for if you indulge any type of passion.

This is true of car collectors, and it's true for people who collect other things. I like to watch Antiques Roadshow; you see people on the show who are in possession of items that dramatically increased in value over the years. They bought the items because they liked them, not because they thought they would be enormously valuable, but one thing led to another.

There is a story circulating in automotive circles right now that demonstrates the long-term value of passionate indulgence. A Florida guy named Bob Koepke passed away last November; for many years he was known in his area for his love of hot rods.

Everyone knew that he had collected some cars and parts, but no one was aware of the extent of this collection. You see, Koepke didn't allow anyone into his house for 10 years prior to his passing. This even included his son, Dave, who found out what was inside after his father's death.

Bob Koepke spent 40 years collecting classic hot rods and parts. The vast collection includes Fords from the 1930s, a bunch of well-maintained classic Chevy Nomad wagons, and a 1958 Corvette.

He didn't ignore the foreign high-end portion of the classic hot rod spectrum. The collection includes a low mileage 1973 DeTomaso Pantera, a '78 Ferrari 308, and a 1958 Porsche 356.

If you are a collector who is in the market, you're in luck. Most of his collection is going up for bids at a VanDerBrink Auction that will be held on April 11th in Titusville, Florida. However, if you cannot make it in person, you can bid online.

As it turns out, the former accountant put his professional skills to very good use after retiring. According to reports, he kept meticulous records, labeling everything that was in his collection, so the auctioneers have a much easier cataloging task ahead of them.

This is a great opportunity if want to build on your collection, and you may also be able to score a part that you have been looking for. Plus, you can do your bidding from the comfort of your home.


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