The 1920 Peerless Model 56 4dr 4 Passenger Roadster pictured above spent many years in the Harrah Collection of William Harrah, owner of Harrah’s Club in Reno, Nevada. According to the auctioneer, it has been not seen in public since 1984. It still has the original white rubber radiator hoses it came with on its V8 engine.
Another unique vehicle in the collection is a 1925 Kissel Model 75 Gold Bug Speedster. It, too, has been stored in climate-controlled conditions since its acquisition in 1999. It was the last car Quam would acquire before his death in 2007.
The Kissel has been fully restored twice over the years and has won numerous concours awards. One of its rare elements is its V8 motor and manual transmission. The former was an option only offered for a limited time.
The 1957 Studebaker Supercharged Golden Hawk Coupe is allegedly one of only eight to have the optional continental kit installed. It features a 289-cubic-inch V8 with an automatic transmission and is being sold at no reserve like most cars in the collection.
One special element of this auction is you can watch Quam discuss his car collection thanks to an Iowa Public TV documentary from the 1990s. Clips are available through the auction website of his observations on the various cars in his collection for an oral history.
The sale is being run by VanDerBrink Auctions. It will take place Sept. 26 in Boone, Iowa, near where Quam housed his collection.