Being comfortable enough financially to own a car collection larger than the perpetual project kept under a tarp in the garage is a privilege few of us are lucky enough to enjoy. We imagine that many of these collectors know how lucky they are. Yet for at least one long-time car collector, the time has come to part ways with his valuable assortment of American automobiles.
The Hudson Observer reports that 77-year old widower Harvey Hielkema has decided to sell off his seven classic cars, ten vintage tractors, and an old-timey horse-pulled buggy. The money will go towards helping starving children around the world.
Hielkema, a retired real estate agent, had been putting the varied collection of vehicles together for about 15 years. Among the vehicles he’ll be selling is a 1930 Ford Model A, a 1957 Chevy with just 21,000 miles on the odometer, a 1917 model T, and a 1983 Ford Mustang. Hielkema also has a collection of seven vintage tractors built between 1935 and 1940. The star of his collection has to be the ’84 C4 Corvette though, with just over 14,000 original miles on it.
The retired widower estimates that he has paid about $70,000 for the entire collection, though we imagine the cars alone should fetch him close to $100,000. Hielkema will donate the money from the auction to Minneapolis-based Feed My Starving Children foundation, a Christian non-profit that helps feed starving children in over 70 countries.
We think Hielkema has set a great example for other car collectors. We’re not saying everyone should go and sell off all their cars… but donating the proceeds from even one or two classic car auctions can feed a lot of starving kids. Bravo sir, bravo.