Auctions America by RM, Dr. Terry Bennett Collection, Rollinsford, NY, September 21-22, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
It’s tempting to say that this is the most diverse, extensive, strange sale of a largely vehicle collection in history.
That is, if it weren’t for the fact that there was another Dr. Terry Bennett collection auction of even better content 21 years ago. Back then Dr. Bennett disposed of things like a Mercedes-Benz SSK (of Argentine origin) for $423,500, a Bugatti Type 35C for $363,000 and a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer for $484,000.
This time around only the Lancia Lambda and BMW Special approached that kind of desirability. Instead there was a profusion of slightly exceptional cars including a field full of Mazda 323s, a couple of Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3s, two Lotuses, several Alfa Romeos and a maxi-assortment of Minis and Mini-based vehicles.
Most were parts cars, or near-parts cars, parked around Dr. Bennett’s home and big barn and left to deteriorate in anticipation of future projects. Adding to the collection – which totaled 1,098 lots, many of them consisting of multiple items – were architectural components (enough doors to outfit a good-sized office building, albeit in varying sizes and styles), hundreds of bicycles, a flotilla of boats and canoes. There was even a ‘loosely assembled’ home built airplane.
It was amazing.
The story here recounts only a few, somewhat representative lots.
The sale, all lots offered for good reason without reserve, raised a total of $895,495 for the vehicles (cars, motorcycles, boats, scooters and the airplane) from 165 lots. The entire sale total was $1,072,913 from 1,098 lots, an average transaction of just $977.
Auctions America Bennett Collection 2012 – Auction Report
Auctions America Bennett Collection 2012 – Additional Photos