Nov. 15 will be bittersweet for Sam Pack, a Dallas-area Ford dealer and antique car collector. That day Pack will sell 132 of his 473 cherished vintage automobiles at an auction in Dallas.
It's a collection including at least one car -- a rare 425-hp 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra -- valued at more than $1 million. Among the other cars going under the gavel will be a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra with a polished aluminum body purchased new by Carroll Shelby, a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster, a supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code, a 1960 Edsel Ranger Convertible and a 1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Convertible D.
"It will be a very difficult day," says Pack, who will be on hand to watch the Blenheim, Ontario-based auction house RM Auctions sell the collection in Farmers Branch, Texas, a Dallas suburb. The cars will be previewed Nov. 14.
Pack, 77, is intensely devoted to his collection and has a personal connection to each car. But Pack, who has no plans to retire, reluctantly decided to downsize the collection to a more manageable size.