This Is Either Project Car Paradise or a Magnificent Monument to Rust

I was just scrolling through the Moore Family Car Collection at the McPherson Auction website and suddenly I had had all kinds of ideas. All those chrome car logos for DeSotos and Chryslers, those hood ornaments, the ones from the ’50s and ’60s shaped like jet airplanes, that Cadillac V16 distributor cap? Surely I could make something from that? Or just hang them on the wall? Or better yet – Christmas gifts! Who wouldn’t want a Chrysler Coronet chrome script? Scrooge, that’s who!

My friend Mike Magda drove out to the auction site near Rapid City, South Dakota and started bidding on some Hemi valve covers to hang on his wall. It’s he you can thank for all these photos. I learned of the auction from Mike’s social media post.

“A long-time, family-owned salvage business is selling off the first of some 2,000 vehicles this week,” Mike wrote. “The owners are heavy into MOPARs, so there are plenty of old Hemi-powered cars and trucks. They also have a fondness for Internationals. I saw a handful of very restorable Scouts, a nice Ramcharger and a Matador that could be a great project. Also found a decent Mercury Bobcat that would make a nice Nostalgia Pro Stocker!”

That was after his first walk-through. His second was just a little less enthusiastic, especially when I asked if it was a “MOPAR Graveyard.”

“While there were many Chrysler products around, and I even saw emblems for the Dodge Brothers, I’m not sure it’s accurate to call it a Mopar graveyard. With 2,000 vehicles, there are a lot of marques. Sadly, I doubt if any are runners. These are all resto projects or parts donors. So, from a social perspective, how many guys are left who are willing—or skilled enough—to handle such a long-term, expensive project? I’m scared prices could be so low that I’ll buy one or two just for the hell of it.”

A gander at the auction website shows loads of what could easily be turned into Christmas tree ornaments or desktop paper weights. The “collection” is going in chunks, and it’s all online. With 2,000 cars, trucks and SUVs, not to mention all the parts and pieces, it’s just too big to sell all at once. This could take a while. So go browse! There’s something for parts pickers and a lot for artists, especially those working with metal. I myself kinda like some of those hood ornaments. Maybe it’s time to register. Only 22 days left till Christmas!

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