One of the most Eclectic classic and vintage car collections was recently discovered at a deceased estate here in Australia.
The collection once belonged to Graeme Phillips, from Alice Springs, where he surrounded himself with almost 30 cars.
His quarter-acre block of land was jam-packed as the recluse and hoarder made it difficult to enter and exit the property.
A friend of Graeme Phillips, Liz Martin, described him as “larger than life character”.
She said, “Graeme was actually obsessive about his collecting and he had some real-world rarities and some amazing things in his collection.”
Mr Phillips bought and sold more than 1000 cars during his 81-year life, these include two GT Falcons that ran in the London to Sydney Marathon.
The collection, which is being auctioned by the public trustee includes a 1938 Ford Pilot, several FX Holdens, a 1966 Ford Mustang, 2,500 number plates and more than 400 spoons.
None of the cars work, with some only fetching as little as $2 in bids.
Local car enthusiast and collector, John Smulders said he remembers peering over Mr Phillips Fence to catch a glimpse at his collection.
“He was a bit of a legend around town, even though not a lot of people knew him, but they knew of his collection.”
His car collection was made up of predominately cars that are Australian icons – from early Holdens, to the early Falcons through to post-war vehicles, and army Jeeps.