A collection of more than 200 classic Fords belonging to the Den Hartogh Museum will be auctioned in June.
The Den Hartogh Museum in the Netherlands currently holds a collection of more than 200 Ford and Lincoln motor cars, all of which are scheduled to be sold at auction in June. Bonhams is set to offer the whole collection at no reserve.
Over the years, the collection has allowed visitors to see almost every early example of Ford trucks, ice-cream vans, fire engines and of course cars. It is a snapshot of social history in one building, not to mention of one the largest collection of Fords in the world. More than 50 motorcycles will also be offered in the auction, which will take place on location at the museum in Hillegom, just outside Amsterdam.
Founded and curated by Piet den Hartogh, who bought his first Ford in 1956, Piet developed his passion for Fords at a young age. Falling in love with the manufacturer after growing up around the Ford trucks used by his father’s transport company, Piet’s collection grew rapidly. He sought to amass an example of every single Ford model, ranging from the 1903 Model A to modern camper vans and even a Canadian police-issue snowmobile. The museum was established after Piet’s wife suggested sharing the vast collection with the public in the 1990s.
Piet’s daughter, Greske, ran the museum for many years, but the family has now decided to sell the collection.
Rupert Banner, Bonhams Group Head of Motoring, said: ‘This is an extraordinary opportunity, and one which Bonhams is delighted to have been selected to undertake. The Den Hartogh collection is legendary throughout Europe, and has been a pilgrimage for Ford aficionados for many years. It will be a pleasure to offer this astonishing range of Fords and Lincolns on site at the museum which has so carefully housed them for the past 21 years. Every vehicle must be sold and each lot is offered without reserve, meaning that both Ford enthusiasts, and the wider collecting community, will be able to bid for their own piece of the marque’s history.’