Over the past 12 years or so, father-and-son Paul and Chris Andrews have collected cars for just about any taste.
Want to go for a joy ride in Big Bend country? Chris Andrews’ choice for that is easy — his 1962 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra.
Looking for the ultimate ride for a night on the town? In that case, a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car that once belonged to candy and racehorse magnate Ethel Mars might fit the bill.
Those vehicles and dozens more will be sold Saturday at Panther City Classic Auto in west Fort Worth during an RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection auction.
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The auction itself is open to registered bidders, who may be asked to present a credit card and bank letter of guarantee. Admission for two people is $200.
In all 78 vehicles and many types of automobile memorabilia and even a few ornately decorated, wall-size musical organs are for sale.
The crown jewel of the car collection is a black 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWWB Cabriolet, which is expected to sell for at least $7 million.
Paul Andrews is founder of electronic parts distributor TTI Inc., which he sold to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2007.
His son, Chris Andrews, attended art school in Paris and worked for Yahoo! before returning to Fort Worth to handle the car collection on a more day-to-day basis.
For the father-son duo, the auction is a chance to thin out their car collection, and they intend to keep 15 to 20 vehicles that aren’t included in the sale. Maintenance on nearly 100 vehicles, each with its hard-to-find parts, is a full-time job, Chris Andrews said.
“We’ve had lot fun with these cars. We’ve spent a lot of time maintaining them and keeping them in running order,” he said. “And it has gotten to the point where we want to have some fun with some new stuff.”
Plus, the Andrews family puts a premium on not only on keeping cars in showroom shape, but also taking them out on the road. It’s difficult to keep that many cars in working order.
“One of the things that we really like to do is go out on the tours, the Colorado Grand being one of the big ones that we really enjoy,” Paul Andrews said. “And that’s usually me and my son and two daughters together. We go out and take two or three cars and spend the whole week in Colorado driving through the mountains. So, we are touring the cars, actually driving them, getting out and meeting other people. There’s just a tremendous amount of people that are collectors that are nice people, and it’s fun to be around them.”
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796
If you go
▪ The auction begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Panther City Classic Auto, 8400 W. Freeway in Fort Worth.
▪ The auction is open to registered bidders, who may be asked to present a credit card and bank letter of guarantee. Admission for two people is $200.