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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.