Harvey and Agnes Baus Collection to be auctioned in Hoven

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Collector cars all have their own characteristics and looks and stories. Their owners often have stories and characters just as unique. The Baus Collection is no exception. Harvey Baus always had an interest in cars and owned and operated Baus Repair in Hoven, S.D. In this area of South Dakota, if the name is Baus, you can be sure you’re talking to a master vehicular craftsman. Harvey and Agnes collected and restored cars, and each of them has a story. A story comes along with every car, and Harvey and Agnes were more than happy to share them with people that would stop by the building they built in 1989 to house their collection. The 40 x 120-foot building is located on the main drag of Hoven, and you can’t help but drive through the town and notice the collection peering through the long wall of glass windows like a dealership.

The Bauses have four children: three girls and one boy, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1987. The kids all have the same love for the collection as their parents and spent many hours in preparation for parades, shows, and even restoring them. Tammy, who bought Baus Repair and Body Shop from her parents in 1992, talks about painting and helping her Dad on many of the cars. Rhonda and Janet also have the same fondness and ride motorcycles and enjoyed the hobby with their parents.

The collection came about from friends that had cars, sold cars and fixed cars. Harvey was a man who was always willing to lend a hand and loved a story and a joke. The Bauses loved to entertain friends and enjoy the car hobby. The collection has something for everyone from a beautiful 1957 Mercury Turn Pike Cruiser, 1961 Ford Thunderbird Coupe, to a 1946 Ford that was the Hoven Fire Department truck. There is an assortment of everything from pickups to a fun Lincoln Town Car that is a homemade convertible. No top needed was when riding with Harvey and Agnes. The rain didn’t stop the fun — they learned if you drove fast enough, the rain went right over the top of passengers. There are Pontiacs, Buicks, Chevrolets, and much more: a 1955 Chevrolet Step side pickup with a V8, a beautiful 1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible, and 1957 and 1960 Cadillacs.

Harvey was working on cars up to the day he couldn’t anymore. Harvey and Agnes have been in private care, and the family has decided to sell the collection to assist in their care. VanDerBrink Auctions will sell the Baus collection at NO Reserve and the Car Museum at auction on May 28 at 10 a.m. There will be a preview on May 27 from 10 to 7 p.m. The auction will be held at the museum along with an assortment of tools, hubcap collection, and few other items. The auction will be also online for buyers that can’t venture to South Dakota for the auction. The family and VanDerBrink Auctions want to invite you to come and bid on a piece of this collection and share in the joy that they have for this collection. There is something for everyone and many fabulous vehicles. There is everything from Cadillacs to Pontiacs and pickups. Be on time; there aren’t a lot of small items. The building will be sold at 1 p.m. on May 28 and will be a great location for your collection or business. So plan now to attend the Baus Collection Auction May 28 at 10 a.m. in Hoven, S.D. For more info on this and other auctions, complete inventory, videos, and more at www.vanderbrinkauctions.com or call 605-201-7005.