ENID, OKLAHOMA — They line this overgrown yard on the southern end of town like a rusty mirage.
The remote, fenced in lot is full of cars manufactures from the ’30′s through the ’40′s, junked, then locked in a funny kind of salvage yard time capsule opened recently by Stuart Piontek.
Walking through a shed on the property he calls out some of the extensive inventory, “There’s grills. There’s fenders. So we just kind of guessed at what we thought was most valuable.”
It was Stuart’s grandfather, Oliver Jordan, who bought this inventory in 1946.
He had a junk yard open for business until 1953 when he shut it down over a zoning dispute with the city of Enid.
Jordan didn’t sell off his lot though.
He kept it nearly intact for 60 years.
Grandson Stuart explains, “I think he had seen situations where money in the bank disappeared. But cars sitting in your yard don’t disappear, and I think he thought of these as security.”
Oliver Jordan lived to age 95.
Stuart, who got to know his grandfather as an adult, spent the next 10 years trying to figure out what to do with cars like a 1937 aluminum body limousine.
Only 5 others are known to exist.
His grandfather also owned 2 rare Cords.
One of them is a super-charged 812.
There are fewer than 100 of those cars left.
“As a kid we heard stories about the Cords all the time,” he says.
Yvette VanDerBrink is known as ‘The Salvage Princess’ in some circles.
She tells us car stashes of this size are practically un-heard of now.
“It is kind of a time capsule,” she says. “To see this many pre-war cars is quite unusual. Finds like this just don’t happen very much any more.”
There are more than 250 old hulks here.
They’re rusted, bent up, broken, but rare all the same.
They were a security blanket for the man who once owned them.
Now, they exist as a singular legacy passed to his descendants.
That legacy will be auctioned Saturday, June 7 beginning at 10:00am.
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