Fleet of cars hidden in garage for 30 years sells for big bucks

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Fleet of Cars Hidden in Garage for 30 Years Sells for Big Bucks

By: TC Newman

A family in Grand Rapids Michigan made a discovery that would certainly rev any car lover's engine!

After sitting unused in a garage for more than 30 years, 44 classic cars recently went for auction bringing in over $300,000.

The family, who has chosen to remain anonymous, contracted Repocast to run an estate sale of their late father's precious collection.

A 1947 Pontiac convertible was the oldest car in the garage. The black vehicle from the now defunct General Motors brand, has a straight 6 engine, but no transmission.

It sold for $5,600 to someone who must be planning for a long restoration.

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This photo provided by Oregon State Police, a 1930 Ford Model A coupe is submerged in the Crooked River south of Prineville, Ore., on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took his 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. When he left it to get lunch, sheriff's deputies say it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River. Capt. Michael Boyd said 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He swam to shore and was arrested after he was treated at a Bend hospital. (AP Photo/Oregon State Police)
This photo provided by Oregon State Police, a 1930 Ford Model A coupe is submerged in the Crooked River south of Prineville, Ore., on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took his 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. When he left it to get lunch, sheriff's deputies say it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River. Capt. Michael Boyd said 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He swam to shore and was arrested after he was treated at a Bend hospital. (AP Photo/Oregon State Police)
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This undated photo provided by the Icelandic State Park in North Dakota shows a 1925 Case Model X Suburban Coupe that once belonged to North Dakota native G.B. Gunlogson, a prominent businessman and philanthropist. The rare car is being auctioned in Maryland in June, and some history buffs in the state say it should come back to the place where Gunlogson grew up. Park and museum officials say bringing the car home would be a good way to honor Gunlogson, who donated money to several groups in the county. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Icelandic State Park)
A 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne is lined up with others at a field near the former Lambrecht Chevrolet car dealership in Pierce, Neb. in an Aug. 12, 2013 photo. Next month, bidders from at least a dozen countries and all 50 U.S. states will converge on Pierce, a town of about 1,800 in northeast Nebraska, for a two-day auction that will feature about 500 old cars and trucks, mostly Chevrolets that went unsold during the dealership’s five decades in business. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price. The most valuable could fetch six-figure bids. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Car saler Sabri Carkan and his wife Saliha is in a Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe in their showroom in Enger, Germany, Monday, April 29, 2013, Experts believe the vintage Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe is the only one of its kind left. Only eight of these cars were produced since 1939. The rare car was used by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill between 1944 and 1949 is being sold on auction site eBay (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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In a photo provided by the Ford Motor Co., William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, sits in a 1903 Ford Model A, the oldest surviving Ford product at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, jan. 15, 2013. The Ford Motor Company was created June 16, 1903 and car production started in July. This car is the third vehicle assembled on the first day of production. It was built at the Mack Avenue factory in Detroit and is owned by Mr. Ford. (AP Photo/Ford, Sam VarnHagen, HO)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01: A 1923 Ford Model T racing car is displayed during grand opening of 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on May 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Car saler Sabri Carkan and his wife Saliha stand behind a Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe in their showroom in Enger, Germany, Monday, April 29, 2013. Experts believe the vintage Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe is the only one of its kind left. Only eight of these cars were produced since 1939. The rare car was used by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill between 1944 and 1949 is being sold on auction site eBay. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe, originally the property of Francis Curzon, the 5th Earl Howe, is seen displayed at the Retromobile Vintage Cars show, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009. The car abandoned in the garage for 50 years has sold at auction for approximately euro3.100,000, US$ 4.006,000, Saturday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
A pair of Triumph Italias at the 2012 AutoShow celebrates the history of the Triumph Motor Car Company and with a comprehensive display of rare and popular models. at the first day that the Toronto International Auto show is open to the public at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. February 16, 2012. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR (Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Two men admire the cars displayed prior to the 'Automobiles of London' rare car auction in Battersea Park on Ocotber 27, 2010 in London, England. Over 100 motor cars are to be auctioned including the original Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball James Bond films which is expected to fetch over 3.5 million GBP. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: A woman cleans a 1963 Jaguar MK II by Vicarage for auction with an estimated sale price of 60,000 GBP at the 'Automobiles of London' rare car auction in Battersea Park on Ocotber 27, 2010 in London, England. Over 100 motor cars are to be auctioned including the original Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball James Bond films which is expected to fetch over 3.5 million GBP. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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The original collector must have had an obvious love for the Ford Thunderbird, since 28 of the 44 cars were Thunderbirds ranging from the late 1950's to 1976.

A 1956 Thunderbird passed the finish line with the highest bid of the entire collection, selling for a whopping $27,100. Despite being parked for over 30 years, the hard top convertible still runs, has the original interior, and boasts less than 37,000 miles.

All of the vehicles in the auction were American made, except for one 1978 Volkswagen Beetle convertible.

The cars weren't just sports cars. Three GMC motorhomes were also up for auction.

These motorhomes sold from $700 for a non-running 1976 Glenbrook, to $4,930 for a fully functioning 1976 Palm Beach. The latter comes with a four burner stove and microwave in the kitchen.

The vehicles were auctioned off through Repocast's website and although $300,000 sounds like a hefty price tag, many of the cars went for far less than their value.

It's safe to say some auto bargain shoppers got quite a deal!

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