From Johnny Cash to Cornelius Vanderbilt, Museum Collection of Classic Cars To Go on Auction Block for Very First Time March 3, 2012

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Dan Kruse Classics Presents the Museum Collection of Texan Dick Burdick for the very first time in history. This collection of classic cars which have been part of a museum collection will go on the auction block on March 3, 2012. For more information go to

Some of the world’s rarest collectible automobiles to be offered in historical museum collection of classic cars auction.

One-of-a-kind outstanding vehicles including extraordinary 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout, 1970 Silver Show Rolls Royce owned by Johnny Cash, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Silver Ghost Town Car, Countess Porceri’s 1933 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan, Lorraine & De Dietrich VDC Two Seat Racer from the Great Race and many others to be offered.

In an announcement that includes a country music legend, a billionaire, a countess and a few racing trophies, Dan Kruse Classics, one of the world’s most prestigious classic car auction houses, announced the extraordinary opportunity to own one of eighty-seven classic automobiles including vehicles from some of the world’s most fabled personalities and historical events. The collection of respected businessman and philanthropist Dick Burdickwill be offered exclusively on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Rosansky, Texas outside of Bastropand near Austin at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. For the first time ever, this extensive collection at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Collection will go on the auction block giving collectors and enthusiasts of fine automotive collectibles and memorabilia a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After 32 years, Burdick will be moving his facility to his hometown of San Marcos, Texas giving way to the auction of these fine automobiles most without reserve.

The unprecedented sale will include historical automobiles like the rare 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout to the fabled 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Show Long Wheel Base Limousine owned by the “man in black” himself, Johnny Cash or even a 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe with only 14 actual miles on it.

Other highlights of the sale include a 1905 Lorraine & De Dietrich VDC Two Seat Racer from the Great Race , a 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Touring vehicle from the Great Race, a 1911 very rare Napier Garden Car, a 1901 Holsman Model 54 High Wheeler Rear Entry Tonneau , a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 8 Torpedo Convertible , a 1933 Duesenberg J-365 Sports Sedan “Queen of Diamonds,” a 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Town Car owned by billionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt , a 1906 International Harvester Depot Hack and many more.

"Anyone who is at all interested in the history of our country and its people will have a natural fascination with the automobile, not only for its mechanical development, but also for the men and women who had the foresight and ingenuity to begin its development. Just look at the impact the automobile has had on society, not only in our country but around the world. This is why we find the preservation of the automobile so important to this and future generations," said Dick Burdick, Founder.

The 1903 Stanley Steamer Solid Seat Runabout is the most famous and longest-lived steam car in the world. The car’s design was improved by placing the engine toward the rear which improved weight balance. All of the body parts were made by hand due to the odd curvature and the Stanley boiler could raise 250 pounds of steam from cold water in about 5 minutes, making it one of the most efficient vehicles of its time. The vehicle is very rare being designed by the Stanley Brothers in the early 1900s.

When Johnny Cash sang of “Wednesday’s Car” in the early 70s he may have been referring to his beloved 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Show Long Wheel Base Limousine.

Step back in time to the Great American Race, the cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and each other and which has been immortalized in film and fiction. In homage to this historical pastime a 1905 Lorraine & De Dietrich DVC two seater from the Great Race and a 1935 RollsRoyce Phantom II Touring car from the Great Race are being offered. The 1905 two seater is a beautifully restored example of the quality French motoring company founded in 1896, Societe Lorraine des Anciens Establisshments de Dietrich and Cie. This car features a two-place arrangement that has actually competed in the Great American Race.

Affectionately known as the Yellow Rose of Texas, the 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II competed in several editions of the Great American Race also. Throughout the several entries in the race that this particular vehicle was involved it traveled from West Coast to East Coast and everywhere in between. It took 1st place overall in 1989, a fete which was repeated in 1990 and also in 1992.

A 1929 Duesenberg Franay limo with a divider window is one of only two ever built and shown in the 1931 and 1934 Paris Show and owned by Countess Proceri will also be offered. This fine red automobile features tan leather interior, left hand drive and twin overhead camshafts. Countess Porceri who married the Polish Count Henri de Porceri in Paris in 1931 was known as the Queen of Diamonds because of her love of jewelry and special relationship with the famous jeweler, Harry Winston. When the Duesenberg debuted in 1928 it was the sensation of both general and automotive enthusiasts.

One of the richest Americans in history, Cornelius Vanderbilt, knew how to travel in grand style. His 1913 Rolls Royce silver Ghost Town Car is being offered in this rare auction. The American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and was also known by the sobriquet Commodore. This deep maroon treasure was personally ordered by Vanderbilt from the factory in England and treasured by himself and his family.

The road ready drop top light yellow 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak 8 Torpedo Convertible is among Burdick’s favorites and features black and ivory interior. The light yellow exterior finish is known as Frances Ivory. This limited, rarely seen automobile features super calibrated speedometers, operational driving lights, great chrome and trim and “under the hood” updates. Push the buttons on the radio that is in working order and you can almost feel the young love and energetic music associated with the car of this distinction.

The incredible history and entertainment involved in the collection being offered is unrivaled and will give car enthusiasts, entertainment memorabilia collectors and luxury item buyers the rare opportunity to touch and feel some of the world’s most treasured museum housed cars only this once. The Central TexasMuseum of Automotive History was founded by Dick Burdick in 1980 and was dedicated to the collection, restoration, education and preservation of historic automobiles, accessories and historical data. Burdick built a one-of-a-kind collection which traces the development of the automobile and its effect on the social and economic climate of much of the world. It traces the evolution of the high-wheelers and steam buggies of the turn of the century through the boxy utilitarian cars of the late teens and twenties. It includes the classic cars of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, the dream machines and land yachts of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and the highly efficient aerodynamic sport and passenger cars. The collection also includes excellent examples of European estate cars, town cars,limousines and sports cars. Included in the sale will also be a large selection of memorabilia and collectibles.

Other cars being auctioned include a 1906 International Harvester Truck, 1910 Empire Little Aristrocrat Sportabout, a 1921 Studebaker 4DR Touring Car, a 1930 Cadillac “Madam X” V-16 Rumbleseat 2DR Sedan, a 1939 Mercury Eight 2DR Convertible, a 1949 Super Deluxe Ford Coupe, a 1950 Packard Custom Sedan, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe with only 14 actual miles) a 1972 Triumph Stag and many more. A full list of all the cars to be auctioned can be found at

Friday, February 17 through March 2, 2012. 10am – 5pm (Sundays 12 N – 5pm CST).

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10am PST
Located at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History
2502 Highway 304 in Smithville, Texas

Absentee and Phone Bids accepted and are available. Please call 1-866-495-8111 for information or to register

Hi-res images of all vehicles being offered available upon request. Email caroline(at)m2mpr(dot)com for request. An online catalog is available at or interested bidders can request a catalog by calling 1-866-495-8111 or email tiffany(at)kruseclassics(dot)com

ABOUT DAN KRUSE: Dan Kruse, Chairman of Dan Kruse Classics is an auctioneer, successful businessman and collector with over 40 years experience. Named by Auction World Magazine as one of the top “Most Influential Auctioneers” in the world, Kruse combines a spirit for collecting with an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding the industry. Kruse began his auction career at the age of 18 in Auburn, Indiana. He later moved to San Antonio, Texas where he has been for the last 30 years. Kruse currently oversees Dan Kruse Classics, a collector classic car auction house and Kruse Asset Management, a private brokerage firm specializing in oilfield equipment. During his 40+ years as an auctioneer, Daniel has converted billions at auction throughout the world and has represented museums, collectors, classic car owners and automobile enthusiasts while providing appraisals, sales, liquidations and advice.

ABOUT DAN KRUSE CLASSICS: Dan Kruse Classics is a family-owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972. Each year the company participates in multiple auction events in Texas and the U.S. Dan Kruse Classics is privately held and is managed by Dan as well as his daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara. Website is

When one begins to describe Dick Burdick of San Marcos, Texas many words come to mind. Successful businessman, avid classic car collector, museum curator, community leader are only a few of the accolades Burdick has earned during his over 50 years in business. He is the founder of Thermon Manufacturing Company, Inc. a powerhouse in the heat tracing business which manufactures electric and steam heat tracing equipment for the petrochemical, oil and gas, engineering and power industries in the United States and internationally. Thermon Industries went Public in 2010 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. .

Aside from his established corporate career, Burdick's passion for collecting classic cars has resulted in him owning one of the best car collections in the world. It is so extensive that he opened two museums over his years of collecting, the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History which opened in 1981 in Bastrop County near Rosanky, Texas and Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, Texas which he opened in 2009. Burdick opened the non-profit museums to give visitors a chance to experience the American dream and see excellent examples of European estate cars, town cars, limousines, sports cars and those American made classic cars which bring back memories from the bygone days of yesterday. The museum collections also includes a variety of early automotive tools, gas pumps, hood ornaments, oil company signs, license plates from around the world and equipment. Dick Burdick is also the Chairman of the Boy Scout's International which has taken him around the world where he has met members of the Royal family and dignitaries from various countries. This continues to be one of his most proud achievements in addition to dedicating much of his time and resources to preserving American History through the display and refurbishing of antique and classic automobiles.


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