Dan Kruse Classics Car Brings Their Collector Car Auction to Austin


The Austin Hill Country Classic will be the company’s first auction in Austin

San Antonio, Texas (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) – Dan Kruse Classics will kick off the 38th annual Austin Hill Country Classic car auction on Saturday, September 15 in the Palmer Events Center. Doors will open at 9am for viewing. The auction will begin at 10am. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 10 and under. Car enthusiasts from a five-state area will gather to check out over 150 cars ranging from classics, customs, hot rods, muscle cars and more.

“We are thrilled to bring the Hill Country Classic to Austin. It has grown so much in last several years that we simply outgrew our facility in San Marcos,” stated Dan Kruse, president of Dan Kruse Classics. “Austin is an outstanding market for car enthusiasts, as seen by the popularity of the annual Lone Star Classic Hot Rod & Custom Show. We knew this was where we wanted bring the auction. This is a great city and everyone has been very accommodating to us.”

Muscle cars are all the rage in collector car auctions this year. The Austin Hill Country Classic will feature many that will satisfy every collector’s desire. If you are a fan of the Indy races, you will not want to miss the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car Convertible. With a V-8 CU IN: 350 original engine, this hugger orange and white Camaro features orange hounds tooth interior, an automatic transmission,  a wood steering wheel and rally wheels. The car was listed as number 93 at the 1969 Indy. It was presumed to be used by a VIP, dignitary, or press member.

A 1933 Duesenberg Model J “Queen of Diamonds” Franay Sports Berline Sedan with an Inline 8 CU IN: 420 engine with strawberry exterior and cream interior will also be sold to the highest bidder. According to Auburn, Cord & Duesenberg historian Ray Wolffe, this chassis was delivered new to France and it appears to have been first fitted with town car coachwork by the French firm of Kellner. This configuration the car was never sold.  In August of 1931, a new sports sedan coachwork by Franay, with sliding sunroof and skirted rear fenders, was fitted. This new configuration the car was exhibited at the October 1931 Paris Salon with two-tone paintwork. A year later the car was again back at the Paris Salon, however it was painted in just one color. In early 1934 the car was sold to the Countess Porceri. Very little is known of the car again until the early 1950s when retired schoolteacher, Henri Beaud of Villeneuve, owned the car. The car was purchased in a partnership between the Henri M. Petiet and Serge Pozzoli in the late 1950s. Pozzoli was one of the first in France to realize the historical importance of the motorcar. The car changed hands again in 1974, selling briefly to Jonnie Bassett before ending up with Ray Egidi of Florida who had the car quickly restored. A year later the car sold to well-known jeweler, Marvin Cohen of Chicago, IL, who carried out a major restoration with some modifications made to enhance the car’s overall appearance.

If you are a Dallas Cowboy’s fan, you will want to check out the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-Door Post. Previously owned by Dallas Cowboy and five-time super bowl champion Charles Haley, the professionally restored Bel Air features a V-8 engine and an automatic transmission.

Of course no car auction is complete without something rare and unique. The 1964 Amphicar 770 Convertible is not something you see every day. This aquamarine, 4 cylinder, manual transmission vehicle has been completely restored. It currently ranks in the top five percent of all remaining Amphicars. It is coast guard approved for day and night boating. The current owner drives it once a week and takes it out on the water.

Other cars of interest include: a 1940 Packard 18th Series 120 Convertible Coupe, a 1960 Jeep DJ3 Series Surrey Gala like one seen in the hit TV series Fantasy Island, a 1938 Ford Custom Panel Truck consigned by Paul Mitchell & Patron Tequila co-founder, John Paul DeJoria and a 1936 Packard 14th Series 7-Passenger Touring. The complete line-up is available online at dankruseclassics.com.

Dan Kruse Classics is a San Antonio-based auction house specializing in classic and vintage car auctions. In addition the Austin, they operate sales in Houston and San Antonio. Daniel J. Kruse is a third-generation auctioneer with over 40 years of experience. He has participated in converting billions of dollars in assets through live auctions.  Daniel has been recognized internationally for liquidating collector cars, homes and entertainment memorabilia as well as energy, construction and transportation equipment.  Along with his daughters, Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, every Dan Kruse auction is a family affair. For more information, visit them online at dankruseclassics.com or at 866.495.8111.


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