There are the fancy-pants, white bucks auctions where cars sell for more than you’ll make in a lifetime, and then there are the gritty, parts-in-a-warehouse auctions where you can actually get a good deal on some cool stuff. The J. Wood estate auction in Cuba, Missouri is the latter, with literally thousands of items spread all over the place. Look for cool cars, motorcycles and a huge array of outboard motors.
J. Wood Auctioneers has been around since 1980, with a particular focus on motorcycle stuff, since the eponymous Jerry Wood was a factory trained mechanic for BSA, Kawasaki, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Norton, AJS and Maico, after opening his own motorcycle dealership in Massachusetts.
Items from the auction are enclosed in a 25,000 square foot facility and there’s something for everyone. Tools, drawers, hundreds of motorcycle frames and exhaust pipes, signs, literally the whole nine yards.
This is a two-day auction beginning today and running through tomorrow, May 8, 2015.
Unlike those fancy auctions where you might be bidding against some potentate from the UAE, you have to get yourself to Missouri to participate in this one.
“British bikes and parts are in abundance. We opened one box of Amal carburetors and found a 1 1/2 inch GP in excellent condition along with other GP and TT carbs,” says Jerry Wood. “You can see some of the large amounts of British motorcycles parts in the photos. I don’t think that I have seen so many Panthers in one place and even a Norton Manx, a Norton International and a Gold Star or two. There are many whole engines of all sizes including three in Military crates (Tri, BSA) that we have not opened yet.”
The cars include a 1930 Austin 7 Roadster, a 1950 Crosley Hot Shot, a 1969 Subaru Ladybug, a low mileage Porsche 912 — with an engine out and on a stand — and a MG Midget with a Bugeye Sprite replica nose.
There’s also a very rare Playboy, a car made in Buffalo, New York. The car is the 66th of just 97 cars built.
For more information on the acres of stuff for sale, visit J. Wood’s auction page, and if you do end up going, send along some photos!