Roaring ’20s in Greensboro

Shop regularly for a whimsical collector car, prowl the auctions, and you’ll find out fast what sells fast at big numbers: Muscle cars. Anything with a Chevrolet bowtie. Any Chrysler product of any generation with any Hemi engine. Lately, the first-generation Ford Bronco, early Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and Volkswagen Samba microbus, especially the 21-window variety, are hot as a stolen pistol. Finding something from deeper in history, especially from the 1920s, when literally hundreds of smaller manufacturers folded as the industry coalesced around the emerging Big Three, can be a serious challenge at many sale. That’s why our attention was drawn to the selection of interesting vehicles from that decade, which will be part of a newly scheduled auction next month in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s handling the collection of a guy who knew, appreciated and understood his Brass Era stuff.

GAA Classic Cars has set aside Saturday, April 24th, to sell the collection of the late Ron Jones of Greeneville, Tennessee, who was the founder and proprietor of RPC Specialty Coatings. Ron certainly liked old cars. His collection numbered 175 of them, vintages 1913 through 2008, all of which will go under the hammer at The Automobile Palace, located at 301 Norwalk St. in Greensboro. Auction chief Johnny Ransom notes the uncommonly strong presence of very early cars in the Jones collection: A pair of massive World War I-era Buick touring cars, three different Ford Model Ts, a pair of Haynes automobiles built in Kokomo, Indiana, including a Model 36 phaeton from 1917 with straight-eight power, and this wondrous creation. It’s a 1920 Winton touring car, which our research pegs as a Model 25, built on the shorter 132-inch wheelbase, and powered by a straight-six that produced 70 horsepower, very substantial output for 1920. This is the automaker that won the first race ever held on the packed sand at Ormond Beach. It’s ready to go, with the apropos side curtains and highly desirable dual sidemount spares. If you’re in the neighborhood, this sale is clearly worth a stop. Speed Sport magazine, to which yours truly is a contributor, will present the GAA auction on MAVTV.

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