Wednesday, August 02, 2017

a farmer's retirement project of fixing and selling cars stalled out on the selling, and now his kids are auctioning off 70 restored vehicles from his Idaho farm 3 weeks from now (thanks David!)

"Cal" Phillips was born in Idaho in 1925. He went to war and was wounded in the Philippines, returning home to raise a family and run a farm; growing potatoes, sugar beets and barley.

"He was 90 miles an hour with his hair on fire from spring until fall," remembers his daughter Sherri, on his nearly 2,000 acres of irrigated fields.

Then in 1994, Cal retired from farming and found something else to fill his new-found free time. He started finding and fixing up old cars.

"Dad would go into town buy another $50 pickup and bring it home," said Randy Phillips, Cal's son. "I don't think he ever paid more than $50 for one."

"The whole premise was he was going to fix them up and sell them, and he stopped selling them," laughed Sherri.

As the story goes, when Cal sold the first truck he restored, he sat in the cab and cried. “After that, it was downhill,” says Anderson. “He wasn’t going to part with them after that.” Cal died in 2013. When his wife passed away this January, it was time to sell the collection.

His collection climbed to nearly 70 vehicles: from Model As to MGs, Plymouths to Pontiacs, Chevys to Studebakers, Bentleys to Rolls Royces - relics from nearly every decade of the last century.
1919 Model T Ford Coupe 1921 Model T. Ford Run-About (Yellow)
1923 Model T Ford Touring Car (Dark Navy Blue)
1925 Model T Ford Touring Car (Black)
1926 Willys Overland 2 Door Sedan
1928 Dodge Brothers Brougham Victory 2 Door
1928 Rolls Royce
1930 Model A Ford Coupe (Two Tone Blue)
1937 Dodge Brothers 1/2 Ton Pickup
1937 Buick 4 Door Sedan (Medium Blue)
1939 Ford Pick Up (Maroon)
1947 Studebader Starlite Chamption 2 Door (Maroon)
1947 Chevrolet 4 Door Sedan
1947 Cherolet 4 Door Sedan
1947 International Pick Up (Cream Color)
1949 Willy's Jeepster (Yellow)
1950 Bentley Mark VI 4 Door Sedan
1950 or 1951 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 Ton Pick Up
1950 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 ton Pick Up
1950 Ford 150 1/2 Ton Pick Up
1950 Ford 1 1/2 Ton Pick Up (Green)
1950 Chevrolett 3200 3/4 Ton Pick Up (Green)
1950 or 1951 Chevrolet 3200 3/4 Ton Pick Up (Blue)
1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 4 Door Sedan (Maroon)
1951 Ford Custom 4 Door Sedan (Robin Egg Blue)
1951 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 Ton Pick Up (Maroon and White Top)
1952 Cherolet 3/4 Ton Pick Up (Light Blue)
1952 Chevrolet 311 1/2 Ton Pick Up (Green w/Black Fenders)
1952 Pontiac Chieftan 2 Door Sedan
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 4 Door Sedan
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 4 Door Sedan
1953 Chevrolet Fleetmaster 4 Door Sedan
1955 Ford 600 2 Ton Truck (Faded Out Blue)
1955 Chevrolet & GMC 1/2 Ton Pickup (Red)
1956 Thunderbird 2 Door Convertible w/Continental Package (Blue Green)
 1957 Hudson Metropolitan 2 Door Coupe
1958 Thunderbird 2 Door Sedan (Black)
1958 Chevrolet Apache Pick up ( Blue)
1960 For Unicab 1/2 Ton Pickup
1961 Studebaker 1/2 Ton Pick Up (Blue)
1961 Ford Thunderbird 2 Door Hard Top (Maroon)
1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Red)
1961 Ford 3/4 Ton Pick Up (Red)
1962 Ford 1/2 Ton Pick Up (Red)
1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero Pick Up (Red)
1965 Buick Riviera 2 Door Hard Top (Lime Green)
1965 Ford Mustang 2 Door Hard Top
1965 Ford Mustang GT 2 Door Hard Top (Blue w/White Stripes)
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport (Red)
1966 Ford Ranchero 1/2 Ton 2 Door Pick Up (Plum)
1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hard Top (Green)
1967 Mercedes 200 4 Door Sedan (Blue)
1967 Dodge Polara 500 2 Door Convertible (Red)
1967 For 1/2 Ton Pick up (Tan & Brown)
1967 Chevrolet Rally Sport Convertible (Teal w/Tan Top)
1968 Ford Mustang Convertible (Apple Red w/White Top)
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport (Canary Yellow and Black Stripes)
1973 Dodge 300 1 Ton Truck
1973 Mercedes SLC 450
1973 Mustange Convertible (Silver)
1975 MGB Convertible (Silver)
1976 Porsche 924 (Red)
1978 Chevrolet 1 Ton Truck (Blue & White)
1979 Mercedes SL Roadster (Red)
1979 Mercedes SL Roadster (Maroon)
1981 Lincoln Continental Mark VI 2 Door Sedan (
1982 Lincoln Continental Mark VI 4 Door Sedan (Black)
1982 BMW 528 (Blue)

▪ Preview: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25
▪ Auction: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26
▪ All of Cal's cars will be transported to Dealers Auto Auction, 3323 Port St., Nampa Idaho, where they will be detailed and readied for sale to the public on August 26.
▪ View and bid online beginning Aug. 1 at


  1. That's the one I told you about....Pretty cool, eh??

    1. my apology for neither remembering, nor crediting you for this. I must not have gotten any online resources to work with when you'd mentioned it. Yesterday when I posted this, it was due to a lot of publicity the auction had drawn from the auction house, and several news outlets, websites, etc had written about it, furnished photos, and the auction house even made a pdf list of the vehicles for sale.

  2. No problem, it was a few weeks back when I found it on a T.V. website and mentioned it to you.
    If I had the time left..a larger shop..and $$$$$..I might be temped to pick up some more rides.Shoot if I had been able to keep all the wheels I've had...Well you can just guess...
    They would probably be in an auction when I'm gone. Where is the fun in that?..At least these will not go to the "CRUSHER"!
    I now have too many and need a larger shop, but that's not gonna happen...
    Keep on doing what you are doing!..Most enjoyable site you have, as I've said before...