VanDerBrink Auctions

A collection of classic US automobiles has been discovered after spending over six decades languishing in a salvage yard.

Over 200 vehicles were found in the Oklahoma town of Enid, where owner Oliver Jordan had locked them up at his business following a planning dispute with local authorities in 1953.

Since then, the cars have sat motionless. The majority of the models are from the 1930s and 1940s, though the oldest is a Maxwell model dating back to 1917.

Despite most of the cars being left exposed to the weather and suffering from extensive rust and deterioration, the whole collection is to go under the hammer, with classic car enthusiasts eyeing up a number of rare diamonds in the deluge of corroded carcasses.

Among them is a 1937 seven-seater Lincoln Limo, believed to be only one of five remaining from the original production run of 60 units, and a pair of Ford and Chevrolet 'blackout specials', which were built without ornamental chrome trim under restrictive Government regulations during World War II.

Despite the poor condition of most of the vehicles, VanDerBrink Auctions, which is putting the collection under the hammer, is billing the sale as a car customiser's dream.

Interested in a 1929 Ford Model A tow truck? The auction takes place on June 7 with bids being accepted in person and online.