Worldwide Auctioneers has announced that it has been awarded the contract from the town of Shipshewana, Indiana, to sell the Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Collection, the world’s greatest and most complete collection of Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton and Dover cars and trucks. The decision to close the museum permanently and liquidate the nearly 60-car collection was made in January, with the Museum Board subsequently recommending Worldwide as its firm of choice. The sale will take place on August 4, 2018, at 760 S. Van Buren St., in Shipshewana, site of the former museum.
“This is the one of the most impressive and impactful collections you’ll ever see — there are so many one-off and scarcely seen examples,” said John Kruse, Principal of Worldwide Auctioneers. “We’re honored to have been entrusted with the sale of such a matchless collection.”
Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Collection was born of the late Eldon Hostetler’s life-long passionfor the marque, the collection eventually encompassing dozens of beautifully restored cars, from the very first Hudson, a 1909 Model 20, to the last, a 1956 Hornet, and outstanding examples from all the decades in between, with severalunique versions and racing cars in the mix. Highlights include the one-off 1928 Murphy-bodied Town Car, the 1917 Shaw Special originally built with its Duesenberg chassis and, of course, a 1951 Hornet Convertible.