Mecum to auction the Jim Rogers Classic Car Collection

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2015-06-26 11:27:29

Mecum are set to present a remarkable offering of more than 200 cars from the Jim Rogers Collection later this week.

The special auction takes place at the Rogers Classic Car Museum in Las Vegas, established by the celebrated philanthropist and avid car collector Jim Rogers who sadly passed away in 2014.

Described as "one of this era’s most passionate activists and most generous philanthropists", Rogers' donations to educational charities exceeded $275 million during his lifetime. As well as servings as the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a position for which he accepted a salary of just $1 per year, Rogers also poured his energy into building a stunning collection of classic cars.

“In our 16, almost 17-years working together, we grew the collection from about 20 cars to nearly 300 at its peak,” said Mike Pratt, Rogers' close friend and curator of the museum. “We went after mostly American cars, and we went after the rare cars that not many people had.”

Now more than 230 of those cars will be offered for sale with no reserve, with all proceeds set to benefit The Rogers Foundation, which works to enhance arts and education opportunities for students in Southern Nevada.

Highlights from the collection include 1915 Ford Model, a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, a 1962 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Drophead Coupe, a 1956 Dual-Ghia Convertible and a 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Imperial Touring Sedan.

“Jim’s desire was to create a collection that represented the American working man’s climb to success,” said Jim's widow Beverly Rogers.

“When you buy a car from Jim Rogers’ collection, you’re not just buying a well-made or refurbished automobile, you’re buying a piece of American history. Take it to heart – enjoy it – and my heartfelt request is that someday you pass it on, and let the next generation understand and appreciate the place of the automobile in American history. That, my friends, will do Jim proud.”

The Mecum auction of the Rogers' Classic Car Museum Collection takes place on February 27-28.

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