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Jerry Andreasen slowly built one of the country’s best collections of antique cars over several decades, but now the man is planning to sell all of them to focus on finding a wife. The 74-year-old from Omaha, Neb., says that he has never been on a date and wants to focus on finding someone to spend the rest of his life with. He claims that he was so obsessed with collecting antique automobiles for his collection that he never had the money or the time to find a wife.
“I spent so much time working and getting my cars, I never got married,” Andreasen lamented to a reporter. “I’m going to look for a wife, and I don’t care if she already has a half-dozen kids. I’d put all my money into cars. Whatever I’d make, I’d turn around and put it into cars. But I’d never do it again because I never had time for anything else. I’ve never been on a date.”
His collection is quite impressive with over 90 antique automobiles and motorcycles amassed over 45 years. He had planned to open his own museum at some point to showcase his collection, but those plans never materialized, and now he’s selling everything, including parts that he bought over the years to restore these classics. Many of the cars and motorcycles are inoperable, but that isn’t expected to dissuade other collectors who will be descending on a farm near Benington, Neb., for the sale.
Auctioneer Gabe Petersen said it is the biggest collection of antique cars his business has ever sold at a single auction.
“We’ve never sold that many, that old before,” he said. “It’s kind of a hodgepodge with a little bit of everything for the casual and serious collector as well.”
Andreasen hopes that this auctioneer and sale will bring a tidier sum than the sale he held last year to sell off some of the jewels of the collection.
“I sold off my choice cars last year, and the auctioneer practically gave them away,” he said. “That man didn’t know a pickup truck from a car. The guys this time know what we’ve got here, and they’re excited. People who build street rods are going to have a ball.”
Some of the highlights of this year’s sale include the following:
- 1918 Buick Truck
- 1938 Lincoln Zephyr
- 1963 Falcon Ranchero
- 1960 Austin Healey 3000
- Austin Healey Sprite
If we were a little closer to Nebraska, we’d be heading to this sale for sure! As you probably know, we’re very proud of our collection of Bay Area antique car rentals and are always on the lookout for new beauties to add to our collection. We’re crazy for cars of all kinds around here, but there’s a special spot in our hearts for rarities like these. If you feel the same way about old cars and would like to rent one for an upcoming special occasion, just give us a call at 800-339-8936! From antique Rolls-Royce limousines to vintage Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, Plymouths and more, we have several classics from which to choose. Call us at NLS Limo for more information about each of the San Francisco antique cars in our fleet, and reserve yours today!
Here at NLS Limo, we are passionate and unapologetic lovers of all things Rolls-Royce. There’s nothing like driving or riding in a Rolls, and we’re very excited to hear that the respected automaker has announced a new version of their wonderful Ghost model. Rolls is calling their new ultra-luxury saloon the Ghost Extended Wheelbase. The new model is designed specifically for those who require extra legroom in a luxury limousine. Since the automaker announced the longer version of their lovely Ghost model back in 2009, demand has skyrocketed, and the automaker has scrambled to fill orders without compromising its reputation for quality and craftsmanship.
According to the latest figures from the General Services Administration (GSA), the number of limousines bought and used by the Obama administration is up sharply over the last couple of years. The GSA found that there were 412 limousines used by various administration officials in 2010, which is up from 238 used in 2008, a 73 percent rise. Administration officials say the increase is due to security concerns, but in an unusual twist, the GSA admits that its limo statistics may be suspect as it uses the term “limo” to refer to a number of different vehicles and uses.
Now here’s a story worthy of celebration! Legendary luxury automaker Rolls-Royce celebrated the 100th anniversary of their inimitable hood ornament recently by sending 100 Rolls-Royce automobiles of all vintages out into the streets of London. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy has graced the hoods (bonnets on that side of the Atlantic) of Rolls-Royce motorcars for the last 100 years and is one of the most universally recognized symbols in the world.
The landaulet-style 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limo commissioned by the Vatican for Pope Paul VI, also known as the first Popemobile, will make a rare North American appearance soon at the Amelia Island Vintage Car Show on March 11, 2011. The show and auction are an annual event on this northern Florida island, and this year’s show promises to be extra special as this will be the first appearance in the United States for this unique limousine. The Popemobile is on loan from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, and it is seldom displayed in Europe, making this appearance quite unusual. This limo has been housed at the museum since it was decommissioned in 1985 after the latest Popemobile was built.
Bay Area residents are truly blessed to live in this part of the world. World-class meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and other culinary delights are grown, raised and made within an hour or two of the area. A day trip in nearly any direction allows us to speak with the people who farm, raise and create all this incredible food. Better still, October is the month when countless harvest festivals occur throughout California. In addition to great food, many feature live music, superb wines, art, crafts and some of the year’s best weather!
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered officials to explore the feasibility of producing the Zil limousine, one of the most powerful symbols of the former Soviet Union. The order has prompted speculation that Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are considering trading their Mercedes S-class stretch limos for something more uniquely Russian. Officials at the Moscow factory that once produced the Zil acknowledged that they had received detailed specifications from the Russian government outlining what they want and need in the new limousines if production can begin again.
Renting a San Francisco limousine is a fairly straightforward affair: simply call up Nationwide Limousine Service, speak to one of our reservation specialists and make your reservation. But depending on the day of the week, time of the year and other factors, you may or may not be able to get precisely the limousine, party bus, antique car or other type of Bay Area limo you want unless you do a little planning first. To that end, here are some San Francisco limousine rental tips to help ensure that you are able to get the limo you want when you want it.
There is something so very California about cruising around in a classic car. In most of the state and especially on the coast, temperate weather and the absence of corrosive road salt make antique cars a common sight to the delight of drivers and car aficionados of all ages. But you don’t have to own one of these timeless classics to enjoy driving one. Rent an antique car in San Francisco from Nationwide Limousine Service and cruise down Highway 1. Spend a day in the wine country or drive to your wedding reception. The possibilities are endless. Check back often as you never know when we’ll add another classic car to our fleet. For now, select from the following classic automobiles: