Antique cars uncovered at Millis barn up for auction

The auction starts at $1. But these vehicles, including this early 20th-century Fordson Tractor, are not in great shape.
The auction starts at $1. But these vehicles, including this early 20th-century Fordson Tractor, are not in great shape. –Courtesy of MaxSold

Several antique vehicles that were recently discovered in a Millis barn are going to the auction block as part of a large estate sale.

An estimate of the vehicles’ market value is unknown. But MaxSold, the company running the auction, is listing every item in the estate sale at the same starting price: $1.

The cars and other equipment belong to a family with ties to the Socony oil company, the predecessor to Mobil. After the family’s patriarch retired from Mobil, he took up maintaining cars as a hobby.

The family moved into the house during the 1970s. Years later, the vehicles were discovered in the family’s 5,500-square foot barn during an estate settlement. They were lying “under a thick layer of dust,’’ according to Sushee Perumal, CEO of MaxSold.


Among the items up for auction from this estate include a 1920s Ford Model T logging truck with a New Hampshire license plate. There is also a 1930s Ford Model A, a 1960s Ford pickup, and a 1910s Fordson tractor. Several separate car parts are also being put up for sale, including a 1920s Chevrolet engine, various Jeep parts, truck mirrors, tools, and more.

A 1920s Ford Model T is among the relics up for sale. —Courtesy of MaxSold

“It’s really an archeological dig is what it is,’’ said Perumal in a phone call.

Perumal described his company as a hyperlocal mix between eBay and Craigslist. The company is a digital liquidation service that offers clients “local expert help and technology to sell everything in just two weeks.’’

A pair of Triumph vehicles are also for sale. —Courtesy of Lifecycle Senior Services LLC

The items start at $1 in order to help them move at a faster rate. Perumal expects car buffs who like to tinker on old cars will discover some interesting finds at the lot.

“People who restore cars, collectors, dealers, and people who see value in being able to resell these cars would be our primary target for these vehicles,’’ he said.

If you’re interested in making a bid on any of the items in the lot, the auction opens this week on January 22 at 5 p.m. and closes on February 4th at 8 p.m. A preview event is being held on January 30th from 9 to 11 a.m. Interested parties should register with MaxSold ahead of time.


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