LOWDEN, Wash. - A collection that took 60 years to put together will all be sold in a single day. It is a once in a lifetime collection that Ted Small left behind when he died a few years ago.
His son, Dan Small, said Ted was a self taught mechanic. After serving in WWII he started farming, ranching and taking things apart. Small said the thrill for his dad was fixing something and hearing it run again.
It all started with cars but grew to tractors, engines, anything mechanic.
"He would take a car apart, clear down to the ground in the winter and start restoring it. It might take him six years to do it because he only worked on it a little at a time. My job as a kid was to help him sand fenders, strip paint, all that kind of thing. So it was fun. Most of the time," Small said.
Saturday's auction has garnered international attention. Antiques experts said a collection of this magnitude with such rare items like old Indian motorcycles and a 1910 Auburn is largely unheard of.