View Full Version : Twilight Zone of Car Collecting

Dan White
03-27-2006, 03:08 PM
Some of you may have seen this but it is one very strange story. Hope no one gets quite this weird about their Studes!


I can hear the Twilight Zone theme now and Rod Serling introducing the story: Presented for your inspection is one Mr. Alex Miller a car collector of note with one foot in the Twilight Zone..................

Also, it just proves you can't take it with you!

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

03-27-2006, 03:26 PM
In some cases our wives see a parallel!

53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
WA state

03-27-2006, 04:01 PM
I've seen things not far from that in several Studebaker collectors' yards! They know who they are! I don't think the Millers were all that unique. Stude guys are little more sociable, but many are just as eccentric. - Just ask my wife.[8D]

03-27-2006, 07:43 PM
I'm also a member of the Stutz Club and the auction of Miller "collection" was a huge event in that part of the hobby.

Remember, Stutz automobiles were/are fairly rare and valuable, so the opening of a stash like that was important. Although the cars and parts were known to more than a few people, Miller would rarely sell/trade anything...and then only if he liked you.

I know for a fact one of the original (and unrestored) Bearcats is now in the collection of a Dallas area doctor. He added it to his collection that includes another early (1912-16) first generation Bearcat. A noted Stutz restorer/expert was tasked to re-awake the car, but not disturb the existing paint & seat coverings which were in remarkably good condition. And I was told (by someone who claimed to do the selling) that one of the later Bearcats (17-18?) eventually made its way to Jay Leno.

BTW: Why the fuss? A restored 16 Bearcat just sold for $275,000
63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

03-28-2006, 02:50 PM
:) That story about the Miller auction has been making the rounds and while it is true, it barely scratches the surface of those hermit-like folks and the enormous mass of material they accumulated. [:I]

Several years ago, I spent many hours in the company of Dale Ogden, Curator of Americana for the new Indiana State Museum, about nine months after this Miller auction took place. Dale and I traveled many hours together to buy a 1950 Studebaker Champion DeLuxe 2-door sedan that is now on permanent display in the new State Museum.

Dale had earlier been sent to the Miller auction to buy an Indianapolis-built Stutz -as they all were- also for the museum. He did buy the Model AA 4-door sedan seen in that auction article; it, too, is at the new State Museum, restored. Dale went on for hours about how interesting was that Miller Stutz auction and the circumstances surrounding it. I never tired of listening to his adventure...it was truly once-in-a-lifetime! [8D] BP