Worldwide’s two-day Houston Classic Weekend sale at the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook opened on Friday, April 30, 2010 with 73 cars, all without reserve, from the R.E. Monical Collection.
It closed, a little later than expected, with ten cars, also all without reserve, from the Buess family culminating in the extraordinary ex-Tyrone Power Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Roadster by Thrupp & Maberly. The Buess cars were timed to begin at 7:53PM, sunset, to accommodate the family’s religion but the sale went faster than expected. The non-Buess consignments ended at 7:20PM.
Rod Egan and John Kruse of Worldwide honored their commitment to the family and put the sale on hold. The bar opened up. The bidders, knowing the caliber of the rare and mostly unrestored cars to come, stayed around and the sale picked up forty minutes later, right where it left off. It was one of the most unusual, but also honorable and respectful, events in collector car auction history.
This report includes detailed descriptions of more than 40 cars and a separate summary of results for all the cars that crossed the block.