there were 50 Hudson vehicles on display, Shipshewana Town Manager Bob Shanahan said. But Saturday’s auction will include 69 Hudsons, plus automobile memorabilia, such as gas pumps, signs and parts.
Shanahan said the Hostetler estate left five additional Hudsons to the museum that were not on display, and the Hostetler family will sell some of their own cars in a separate arrangement with the auctioneer Saturday. Asked how much money the town may realize from the sale of its 55 Hudsons, Shanahan said, “I have no idea.”
The town is guaranteed a minimum amount by Worldwide Auctioneers, he said, but he did not reveal that amount.
Kruse said the auction will bring together the Hostetlers’ collection one last time.
“It is really neat to see them all together,” he said, explaining the cars have been gathered this week at the museum so bidders can get a look at them. “A lot of folks know he donated a lot of cars to the museum but he continued to collect and kept them at what we call the ‘chicken coop.’”
Kruse noted some of the vehicles in the collection are highly sought and will bring high prices, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But most of the cars will sell for far less.
“There are quite a few cars that we call affordable that will sell in the $15,000 to $25,000 range,” he said.
And there will be other bargains available among the many items of memorabilia, Kruse added.
Those who want to bid on the vehicles or memorabilia can register by sending an email to bidders@worldwideauctioneers. com or by calling 1-260-925-6789. Those who register Saturday before the 11 a.m. auction at the former museum, 760 S. Van Buren St., will need to provide financial information, such as a letter from their bank or current bank statements so bid limits can be established for them, Kruse said.