Over the weekend, a post began circulating on Facebook showing the hindquarters of a group of dusty split-window VW Beetles. Then, more pictures began to appear showing what appeared to be a Porsche Speedster, followed by a pair of BMW 328 roadsters from the 1930s! Further research found this post here on The Samba which seems to verify that a motherlode of collectible vehicles are resting in Kansas, waiting for exhumation following the owner’s death.
The photos are all either poor quality or pictures of pictures, such as this one showing the highly desirable BMW 328s. I have only seen these in hardcover books or from high-end collector car events – maybe I spotted one in BMW’s museum, too. Suffice to say, two of them in project-car condition does not happen every day, or even every ten years. All of the vehicles are stored in a Quonset hut and are quite dusty. Apparently, air cooled fanatics on The Samba have known about the cars but their fate has been up in the air.
The trademark low-cut windshield is a dead giveaway that this is Speedster and rumors are circulating that it has already been sold. There’s an individual on The Samba who is orchestrating a sale, but there’s some chatter back and forth that a few middlemen have sprung up claiming they are handling the sale. Nothing seems certain about this find until it’s either with an auctioneer or the collection simply sells privately, as the current overseer of the cars is the owner of a well-known VW shop in New Mexico. For all we know, the cars have already been paid for.
What’s even more intriguing is that the deceased owner, who left no heirs, also had an eye for collectible cars beyond his preferred VWs. That looks like a desirable Ford “Deuce” coupe in the foreground, and a variety of other bodies and parts. Speaking of, that’s also a big part of the collection: online chatter indicates the stash also holds a motherlode of OEM and NOS VW parts. If the parts are from the same era as the split windows, you can be sure there are some highly desirable components locked away.
There are numerous other cars in the photos, including this early Bus. It seems like the sale was put on hold for years after the lawyers got involved, and I’m not sure who technically now owns the collection. Did it go the state? Or did the owner have siblings who knew of his prized possessions? Either way, there looks to be a fair amount of money on the table. Although some commenters think the split windows aren’t worth as much because they are lacking engines, I’m sure some of them will find their way overseas. Has anyone else heard – or even seen – this collection?
Photos of the Beetles, 356, and the ’32s courtesy of Adam Blickhahn! Special thanks to Adam for sharing more photos with us!