The late Otis Chandler's legendary collection of rare automobiles and motorcycles goes on the auction block next month. More than a hundred vehicles will be on sale, with some likely to fetch a million dollars or more — making it "one of the largest auctions in automotive history," according to the Ventura County Star. The Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife is kept in Oxnard and includes a 1904 Mercedes 40/45 Sports Touring, a 1934 Packard Two Place Coupe and a 1931 Duesenberg J Special Phaeton by LeBaron. Chandler always planned to have the collection sold after his death to put the cars back in the hands of other aficionados, the paper says. "We felt the auction would be the best way to pass on these collector items," said his wife, Bettina Chandler. Bidders are expected from around the world.
Chandler died in February.
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