Milton Robson's Muscle Car Collection

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2015-06-26 10:40:48

Milton Robson's Muscle Car Collection was one of the largest private collections of classic muscle cars in the world. It was sold in November 2010 for $9,200,000. Milton Robson

Milton Robson (1942-Present) is an American car collector and businessman.

Robson began his career selling chicken out of the back of his truck. He transformed these “humble beginnings” into a multi-million dollar food service empire, and also became involved in real estate.

Having acquired a sizeable fortune from his business activities, Robson indulged his passion for cars.

Over a period of 29 years, he invested a substantial portion of his money in “assembling one of the finest muscle-car collections in the world”.

After several years of collecting, Robson built his dream garage on a 460 acre ranch in Gainesville, a small city 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Many of Robson’s vehicles have been featured in magazine articles, calendars, and on television, and have also been used to design toys.

The collection

Robson’s collection consisted of 55 high-performance vehicles which were housed in an enormous 26,000 square foot barn.

The barn was designed to resemble a western town with a working saloon and music stage, an old-time barbershop, a diner, and a full-scale Mobil Gas station.

The collection was made up of many rare vehicles, each with historical significance, including some of the most sought-after and ferocious muscle cars ever produced.

One of the most notable was a Trans Am 1992 Firehawk Convertible, from Lee Motor Sales in Ohio.

Described as an "All American Street Fighter” by the High Performance Pontiac website, it was the only Trans Am Firehawk built and the only convertible Firehawk ever made.

Another highlight was a 1969 Firebird Ram Air IV Convertible, which was only one of 17 made. Robson purchased this “optioned-out rarity from a private collector in 1993 after a few years of on-and-off negotiations", according to High Performance Pontiac.

Value

On 13 November 2010, Robson’s entire collection was sold by RM Auctions, from his custom-built garage. The collection sold for $9,200,000, breaking several records in the process.

The most expensive car sold was a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible, one of only five built and the only Starlight Black example.

This lot “sparked a lively bidding war", in the words of RM Auctions, and was purchased for $682,000, setting a new auction record.

Another lot garnering “significant attention” was a 1960 Chrysler 300F Four-Speed Convertible.

Described as the only factory four-speed, 400-hp convertible in existence, it sold for $437,250, also setting a new auction record.

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