The Rolland Collection

ENTHUSIAST OFFERING SPEEDSTERS, HOT RODS, ROADSTERS, RACERS FROM PERSONAL MUSEUM

Two powerhouses of the collector auction market – Leake Auction Company and Heritage Auctions – are presenting the Rolland Collection, a selection of 24 unique and custom exotics and racing cars.

EVENT

THE ROLLAND COLLECTION AUCTION
Dec. 9, 2017
Live: Newbury Park, Calif.
The Rolland Racing Museum
Online: LeakeCar.com
INQUIRIES
Jonathon Burford
310.492.8664
JonathonB@HA.com
Carolyn Mani
310.492.8614
CarolynM@HA.com

The Rolland Collection, housed at the Rolland Racing Museum in Newbury Park, Calif., includes a variety of collectible automobiles, including Indianapolis race cars, midget race cars from the 1950s, and custom hot rods.

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“The auction’s hand-selected lots offer collectors a unique opportunity to buy one of these highly desirable performance vehicles with impeccable provenance – all offered without reserve,” says Heritage Auctions consignment director Jonathon Burford

The history of the Rolland Collection is well known among historians and collectors alike.

During the 1950s, car enthusiast William Rolland joined the Shadoff Chrysler team to help construct one of the fastest vehicles ever built. The team set a world land speed record in their class at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To this day, Rolland still has a passion for performance and speed, both of which are preserved in his private automobile exhibit established in 2010. The automobiles offered in the auction come directly from the museum’s holdings.

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren HR
This 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was built as a collaboration between the world championship-winning Formula One team McLaren and legendary auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz AMG.

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Rolland’s collection offers speedsters such as a 1933 Ford Alloway and a 2006 GDT Speedster. An extraordinary selection of hot rods and roadsters includes a 1920 Ford Model T-Bucket and 1932 Ford Custom Roadster in a striking purple finish.

A collector’s class of six midget racers ranging from a 1947 Hillegass to a 1950 Kurtis-Kraft will cross the block, as well as a rare 1972 Quarter Midget Dirt Track Car. A unique collection of Indy race cars features a 2000 Dallara, a 1997 Dallara with an Energizer Body, a 1980 Grant King Race Car and 2004 Lola B020/00 Cosworth XFE.

A stunning 1941 Willys Coupe, finished in a striking orange paint job with hand-painted flames and powered by a 355 CI V-8 engine, is expected to generate intense bidder interest.

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2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge HR
This 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge is a purpose-built factory race car. Based on the 360 Modena road car, this Modena Challenger was extensively reworked specifically for the Ferrari Challenge Racing Series and is for track use only.

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“Our presentation of the Rolland Collection marks a momentous event in the history of rare collector cars,” says Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company. “It makes perfect sense for Leake Auction Co. to partner with Heritage, the largest auction company founded in America, to present such an important collection.”

“This auction is a first for Heritage Auctions,” says Jim Halperin, co-founder of Heritage Auctions. “It’s an exciting combination of Leake Auction Co.’s 50-year history in the collector car market and Heritage’s Auctions’ more than 1 million bidder members. This could be history in the making.”

In addition to being a race fan, real estate developer Rolland is a noted art collector and philanthropist. He contributed funds to have the William Rolland Football Stadium and Gallery of Fine Art built at California Lutheran University. He was named 2017 Philanthropist of the Year for Ventura County.

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2006 GDT Speedster HR manu 05
2006 GDT Speedster was designed and built by a team of automotive professionals who love cars and wanted to develop a complete vehicle from scratch. The project was considered an exercise in engineering and styling, using a “no holds barred” approach.

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1941 Willys Coupe
1941 Willys Coupe is finished in a striking paint job with hand-painted flames. It is powered by a 355 CI V-8 engine from Al’s Toy Box, fed by a Littlefield 6-71 supercharger mated to a 3-speed TH400 automatic transmission.

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1997 Dallara Indy Race Car
1997 Dallara Indy Race Car with a chassis built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer. The body shell is composed of carbon fiber; 1997 was the first year for Dallara to produce Indy cars.

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1932 Ford Custom Roadster HR
This 1932 Ford Custom Roadster has a well-executed build with several thoughtful touches for comfort and ease of driving. Under the hood, you will find an MSD ignition system and a Holley carburetor perched atop a 302 CI Ford V-8 engine.

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1947 Hillegass Midget Racer HR
This 1947 Hillegass Midget Racer was built by the legendary Hiram Hillegass, who began building race cars in 1919 while working at Mack in Allentown, Pa. By the time he died in 1960, he was considered one of the foremost builders of single-seat race cars in the United States.

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