Salvage yard shut since 1953 finally sells its secrets

The difference between a treasure trove and a scrap yard may be just good marketing. How else to explain the interest generated by a Oklahoma man who closed his junkyard over a zoning dispute in 1953 and protected it like the Fort Knox of rust until his death? Later this summer, his cache of some 250 cars from the first half of the 20th century will finally go to auction, and within all that broken-down metal are a few rarities.

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40 Series Toyota Land Cruiser, built from 1960–1984. This is probably a pre-1976 model.

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I better finish my z before my daughter wants to drive it!

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Pair of yellow 70s Volkswagen beetles seen in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area



This 1975 Datsun 280Z was on track early in life as a C-production race car, and was later built into the tube-frame GT2 IMSA racer shown here.

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In-n-Out repair team on the scene.


The three biggest factors affecting collectible toys value are rarity, condition, and the presence of original packaging. This 1962 Imperial model from Asahi combine all three of them into a rare item, as well as a “very good” condition appraisal. Because of that it sold for a price of $17,500, including buyer’s fees, earlier this week.

Other collectibles cracking the auction’s top five included a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II two-door sedan from toymaker Marusan, complete with its original (but misprinted with a 1958 Lincoln) box, which sold for $7,500; a 1956 Ford Fairlane sedan from Marusan, missing its windshield but complete with well-worn original packaging, which sold for $6,875; a 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept model from Mitsuhashi, minus its box and showing average wear for its age, which sold for $6,000; and a 1950s Jet Rocket V-7 lithographed tin toy from Kokyu, missing its packaging and its rear stabilizers, which sold for $5,000.

For complete results from the Yoku Tanaka Toy Collection sale, visit

Photos courtesy Bonhams.

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Inspecting a 1952 Chevrolet Pickup truck at the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts Collector Car Show in Tubac, AZ

1949 Studebaker pickup truck
The engine is a 169.6-cubic-inch Champion L-head six, generating 80 horsepower. When coupled with the standard three-speed transmission and 4.82 rear, it could deliver in excess of 22 mpg at a 40-mph average. Seen on Reddington Road in Tucson, AZ


Dodge Charger III Concept

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