Huge collection of rare museum vehicles, including Tucker, heads to auction

A collection of more than 160 vintage automobiles is heading to Bonhams auctions following the closing of a massively iconic museum.

The Tupelo Automobile Museum Collection was created by famed Mississippi collector Frank K. Spain, and represents an amazing cross-section of vehicles dating from the beginning of the automobile itself to the new millennium.

Spain began the collection in the 1970s and held his passion for automobiles until the day of his passing in 2006. Most of the vehicles were found using old-school techniques such as relying on tips from friends or searching newspaper ads.

The museum includes a bunch of rare cars, including a 1929 Duesenberg Model J; and one of the first 1948 Tucker Torpedo Indianapolis test cars. Bentley, Lagonda, Hispano-Suiza, and Talbot-Lago are also among some of the rarer vehicles presented.

Tupelo, Mississippi is also the birthplace of singer Elvis Presley, so it’s fitting that his 1976 Lincoln Continental Mk IV is also crossing the block as part of the collection. Etched on the side windows of the Lincoln is Elvis’ TCB (Takin’ Care of Business) logo, and the car also comes with a signed cheque.

The auction will take place on April 26 and 27, and will be featured on an upcoming episode of Chasing Classic Cars with Wayne Carini.

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