Bob McDorman has been a Chevrolet dealer for 45 years, and you'd think a weekend with 150 sales would leave him ecstatic.
But he was wistful last week after shoppers cleaned him out.
"It tears me up," said McDorman, 78. "People come in and ask which was my favorite, and I say all of them. I had a story about every car."
As you might suspect, these weren't run-of-the-mill Aveos and Malibus from the back lot. They were his personal Chevy collection -- Corvettes from every model year but one, plus several cars once owned by such celebrities as Johnny Carson, Burt Reynolds and Dinah Shore.
Although McDorman was saddened by the loss of old friends, the $7 million auction receipts should ease the pain.
The car that brought top dollar was a 1963 Corvette convertible once owned by General Motors President Bunkie Knudsen. It sold for $400,000. A pink 1964 Corvette coupe once owned by Knudsen's wife, Florence, sold for $280,000.
McDorman says the eight buildings behind Bob McDorman Chevrolet in Canal Winchester, Ohio, where he housed his collection, were jammed. And he has been so busy with the dealership that he rarely got to see his cars and never drove them.
He said he'll use proceeds from the auction to pay off the debt on the cars and improve his dealership.
Despite the heavy auction action, McDorman won't have to walk to the store when he needs a quart of milk. He kept nine of his favorite cars and plans to drive them when he can.