Classic motorcycles, cars, farm equipment to highlight auction

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A lifetime collection of motorcycles, classic automobiles and antique, powered farm equipment will be part of one of the most unusual auctions ever conducted by Walla Walla’s Macon Brothers Auctioneers.

The collection of wheat farmer, rancher and decorated World War II aviator Ted Small, slated for auction Saturday, includes five iconic Indian motorcycles, at least seven classic cars and an array of farm vehicles spanning the horse-drawn era through the early diesel age.

“This is a remarkable lifetime compendium of powered machines and vehicles; a labor of love,” said Doug Macon of Macon Brothers, in a prepared statement. “We expect regional and national — and probably worldwide interest — in these rare items. It is really a collection of which we have never seen the likes before.”

A daylong public preview begins at 9 a.m. Friday on the site of one of Small’s farm properties in Lowden. Several hundred people are expected to attend. The preview will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday. The onsite auction starts at 9 a.m. that day.

Macon Brothers handled the sale of personal property for Small a couple of years ago. One item was a more than 6-foot tall Indian statue that had served 90 years as a relic of Lutcher’s Cigar Store. It sold for $55,000.

This weekend’s collection includes a rare 1896 free-standing “Golden Gate Engine” that dates from the dawn of the gasoline-powered era, Macon Brothers said. It’s 7 feet high and one of only a handful in existence.

Other extraordinary items include: a 1918 Twin PowerPlus Indian, a 1940 Scout, 1940 Chief, 1941 four-cylinder, and a 1946 Chief with sidecar.

Antique and collector cars include a 1960 Mercedes 190SL convertible, 1910 Auburn, 1917 Oldsmobile V-8, 1929 Packard sedan, 1928 Ford Model A Roadster, 1936 Ford 5-window coupe, and a 1963 Volkswagen Bug.

The collection reflects Small’s interest in motorized items. Well known across the region for his family history in agriculture, he was also a World War II aviator who piloted a B24 Liberator in defense of the Panama Canal.

Saturday’s auction will include online bids. To learn more visit maconbrosauction.com.

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