100+ Classic Boats to Be Auctioned - 10/06/2010

An auction of rare Chris-Craft, Hackercraft, Gar Wood, Higgins, Dodge and many other classic boats will be held in Winsted, Minnesota. "The Warner Collection" features more than 100 boats valued from several hundred dollars to more than US$1m. The boats, belonging to Todd Warner, owner of vintage boat restoration firm Mahogany Bay, could be the largest auction of vintage boats from one collection. The auction also includes antique engines and other original parts.

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The 27' (8.3 m)"Sugar Lady" is hull #10 built in 1932 models. Only 62 units of this model were built over a ten-year period. The "No Reserve" auction is to be held on October 16th.

Tim Browne, a spokesman for Mecum Auctions, which is running the auction, said it will give restoration hobbyists a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to find vintage boats and original parts for ongoing projects. Warner is selling the boats, said Browne, because he "wants other people to enjoy these boats." He plans to use the proceeds to buy other boats.

"Through the years, I've watched the classic wood boats slowly gain recognition as great and rare American treasures," Warner wrote in the 176-page auction catalogue. "They embodied naval architecture, engineering, woodwork, design style and craftsmanship, all at the highest possible level. People are coming to realize just how rare this American art form truly is."

Warner had assembled the collection over a 40-year period.

Interested parties may bid in person, online or on the Internet. There is no reserve on any of the lots, we are told. For complete information, visit the Mecum Auctions website... http://www.mecum.com/index.cfm

Below are a few of the boats which will be in the auction--

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Few boats can combine elegance, power, and function quite like Tuxedo Taxi. Originally delivered to California in 1929, Chris-Craft’s 28-foot runabout is a boating icon in itself, and the factory installed Van Mourick Limousine sedan top makes this example a show-stopper.
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One of the largest triple-cockpit Hackercrafts ever produced… Thunderballs. Representing the Grand Finale of Hackercraft triple-cockpit boats is the Wah-Wah-Taysee, now known as Thunderballs – which was built as a custom order for the Brayer family of Buffalo, New York in 1949 by the Hacker Boat Co.
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The 1959 Century Coronado was promoted by the company as “the Cadillac of Boats.” Fewer than 20 of the original 130 built now exist.
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Known by many as The Car, this is the boat featured in the 1939 Chris-Craft catalog and the boat whose photograph appears in Chris-Craft: The Essential Guide on the 29' Sportsman page 72. Originally owned by Jim Kimberly of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Cart was found by Dick Sligh running in Algoma, Wisconsin, in 1975.
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Some restoration has been completed on this sensational 1939 Goodhue & Hawkins 33.6-foot Laker Launch, the “Laura B II.” A 1909 design with V stern and spectacular lines, it is believed to be the last Goodhue built.
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Designed by Dodge Vice President George Crouch, this sleek 1929 Dodge Model 826 Watercar Runabout, “Snoop,” was delivered to Charlie Ward of Duluth, Minnesota, of Brown & Bigelow Playing Cards and housed on Caribou Lake. It has all original African mahogany and the original Chrysler 106-hp flat-head 6-cyl. engine, which Chrysler Corp used in its automobiles until the early 1950s.
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The Watercar was the brainchild of Horace E. Dodge Jr., the son of one of the Dodge brothers whose manufacturing facilities were among the most productive in the nation.
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Dodge established the Horace E. Dodge and Company Boat Works in 1923 (later to become the Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Company). It was Horace Dodge’s intention to incorporate the mass production tools and ideas that made his family’s automotive production so successful. The name Watercar came from the concept to build a runabout as easy to own and operate as the Dodge automobiles of the time.

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