This 1936 Pierce-Arrow is one of three in the JAB Collection coming up for sale June 15. All photos courtesy VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC.
In the past 16 years, if you were after a part or a project car but were outbid, you might have a second bite at the apple coming.
The late Jeff Begg was intrigued by machines, especially those that were examples of “wonderful engineering.” When he passed away, his friends and family discovered that he had accumulated an impressive collection of those machines. Now his collection, which includes British motorcycles, cars both foreign and domestic, vintage race cars, and a droolworthy selection of vintage speed parts, is going up for sale via VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC — the same outfit that liquidated the impressive Lambrecht Chevrolet collection.
For most of us, buying parts is a means to an end. It’s a way to complete a project and get an old car back on the road. But for Begg, collecting parts was a hobby in and of itself.
Begg was an entrepreneur with a love of speed, old cars, and vintage motorcycles. His passion for British bikes ran so deeply he named his businesses Marshall Excelsior Company and Matchless Valve Company. The success of those companies producing propane accessories allowed Begg to start collecting the things he loved.
Beginning in 2003, Begg began regularly acquiring objects that tickled his fancy via internet auctions. As Yvette VanDerBrink put it, “It was just too easy. He typed in something he wanted and there it was. Soon crates, trucks, and boxes would come to the office.”
An unidentified OHV head with Zephyr 2×2 intake (top); a new, still-crated Ardun OHV conversion for Ford and Mercury flathead V-8 (middle); and a Riley two-port head for Ford Model A or B are just a smattering of Jeff Begg’s large collection of speed parts. He bought them all and simply stored them away — content just to have them.
So many crates, trucks, and boxes arrived that Begg’s collection filled entire buildings. It was so large that, aside from his secretary, nobody knew its full extent until after his passing on May 27, 2018. Now, a little over a year later, the full collection will be up for auction on June 15, 2019, in Springfield, Michigan.
Stars of the auction include 1947 and 1952 Kurtis Kraft midget racers, a 1952 Vincent Series C Rapide, and numerous speed parts for early Ford engines. As of this writing (the collection was so extensive and widely disbursed, it’s possible more items will turn up between now and June), there are a total of 63 motorcycles to go on sale, 70 vehicles (including a ’57 Chevrolet convertible, a ’36 Ford three-window coupe, and several Pierce-Arrows), and a myriad speed parts available. For a more detailed look, check out the pictures, video, and inventory at VanDerBrinkAuctions.com or call 601-201-7005.