In 1992 Jim Merrick and his son Richard began their Nebraska-based collection with 11 fully restored antique automobiles and officially formed the Merrick Auto Museum the same year. Over the following 25 years, the collection has grown to include over 130 carefully curated antique automobiles ranging from the early 1900s to the 1980s, as well as a diverse collection of memorabilia. At the heart of the collection are over 100 American Brass-Era, high-wheeler, and pre-war cars from the turn of the century to the 1930s, largely comprised of rare orphan marques such as Mier, Gasmobile, Kearns, and Smith Flyer. Additionally, the Merrick family has amassed a full research library, extensively cataloguing every automobile and article of memorabilia that they have acquired.
“The Merrick Auto Museum Collection is an incredible historical work put together by multiple generations from one passionate family of enthusiasts,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group. “Many of these cars represent marques, models, and technology lost to time, which have been wonderfully preserved in the Merrick Collection. Overall, the collection is a journey through the many quickly evolving stages of early motoring and will be of exceptional interest to discerning Brass Era collectors. We are honored to present this fascinating group of cars, which will be right at home in Hershey.”
Offered to the public for the first time, RM Auctions is proud to offer the highly respected Merrick Auto Museum Collection, entirely without reserve, at its 13th annual Hershey collector car auction held during the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Eastern Division Fall Meet, 10–11 October 2019.