Incredible Auction of 140+ Vehicles! The Bob Regehr Collection

As barns go, this one beats most. The late entrepreneur and collector Bob Regehr took good care of his collection, and the breadth and depth of his tastes have automotive enthusiasts drooling far and near as the collection’s auction approaches. Over 140 vehicles and other items go to auction online and at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Saturday October 24, 2020. For more pictures and a list of lots, check out the listing here at

Corvette fans will find at least eight to choose from, including this and other first-generation C1s, a number of C2s, and a Silver Anniversary L-82 C3.

My late father would have loved this:¬† a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible. It’s hard to see from this angle, but the Skylark shared only its hood and trunk lid with other ’53 Buicks. The Skylark is a show-car for the street. With fewer than 1700 made, each remaining example is a prized American treasure. This one features the same color scheme as my Dad’s ’53 Roadmaster Riviera! The 1953 Buick is unique; through 1952 Buick ran a straight-eight cylinder engine as its top offering. Only the 1953 Buicks, including this Skylark, paired the first-year 322 cid V8 with the last year of this outgoing body style.

About three dozen 1930s Fords represent a host of body styles, featuring a number of handsome Phaetons like this V8 model. I remember seeing a display of a ’35 Ford and a ’30s Ford Tri-Motor airplane at the San Diego Air & Space Museum years ago, touting Ford engineering and design on the ground and in the air. What a beautiful car!

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible pace car would look great in any collection. Drop the top and perch a Dairy Princess on the boot and you’re parade-ready!

The newest of five Pontiacs, this GTO coupe shows off the stylish pre-giant-bumper front design.

Another flock of Fords awaits re-homing. Thunderbird fans will enjoy the 1957 E-code Thunderbird, an “E-Bird” featuring dual quad carburetors from the days when The T-bird was Ford’s answer to the Corvette. The auction also includes at least one Ferrari, motorcycles, and more! Which is your favorite?

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  1. Will Fox

    You can have the Vettes (yawn…) There are too many others in this collection I’d want!

    • Angrymike

      I agree, I’ll take the 65 Malibu SS or the 67-68 Camaro. I’ve never been a Better fan, but I love old Chevy’s !

      • Moparman Member

        The ‘Cuda is MINE!!! :-)

  2. Nsuracer

    Re: The 53 Buick Skylark. In 1963 when I was in the USAF, there was one of those for sale on Forbes AFB. It was pretty rough and needed everything, but it was a running driving car. It sold for $65.00. One other thing. It was a 3 speed manual. How rare was that?

    • Al

      Probably about as rare as my Dad’s ’68 Pontiac (bottom of the line) 4-door sedan with a bench front seat and a Hurst Mystery Shifter.
      I think it had a 400 block in it.

  3. Bob_in_TN Member

    Being handled by VanDerBrink. I don’t claim to know anything about the auction business, but they seem to have successfully carved out a niche in the automotive auction world centered on collections. We also see collections at Mecum et al, but they seem to be more high-dollar muscle-car-centered collections. I think it would be fascinating and educational to see how VanDerBrink goes about organizing and marketing collections like this, which is “wide” and contains many much older vehicles.

    • jerry z

      Go on YouTube and check out some of there previous auctions. I know they did one out in the midwest that was an old Chevrolet dealership and was actually televised on Motortrend (well before it became Motortrend) or History Channel.

      • Charles Mann

        2014 lambrecht chevrolet pierce nebraska
        500+ vehicles sold, I got a 1969 Chevy short bed

  4. James Quinn

    He invented the bouncy house!

  5. Kenbone

    Answer, who isJohn Scurlock?

  6. Andy

    This is proof of the adeage “you can’t take it with you.” I hope the future owners of these gems enjoy them to the fullest.

  7. Randy Bohnet

    20 ’32 Fords! When’s the next time you’ll see that.That’s like me having a few hundred million dollars. It’s a little beyond my comprehension.

  8. Ken Nelson Member

    VanDerbrink may be the biggest outfit. 140 cars is nothing – two yrs ago summer in Ohio at a dragracing track, they sold 700 vehicles in 2 days flat! About 1 every minute! And it even included a Tatra with aluminum aircooled V8 in the rear! Now that’s a rare one. The vehicles ranged down to the teens, including some monster early trucks and a ’50s DKW convertible I’d never seen before.

    • Charles Mann

      2014 lambrecht chevrolet pierce nebraska
      500+ vehicles sold, I got a 1969 Chevy short bed

  9. Comet

    What Andy said! After we get past this corona BS I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to ride (motorcycles) and drive the wheels off of the vehicles I have silently siting in storage. All this down/indoor time has made me re-evaluate my stupid store-it-forever-then-die strategy.

    • mikethetractorguy

      I’m looking at my vehicles and thinking the same thing…

  10. Joe Haska

    Are you kidding me a 32 B-400, unquestionably the rarest of the Dueces and all the others seem to have the same pedigree. This collector definitely knew what to buy!

  11. bull

    He who dies with the most stuff is still DEAD!

    He has plenty of money so this auction should be a fun time for the heirs.

    Fun as in “Show Me Da Money”!

  12. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This guy had great taste!

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