Alexander Miller, along with his wife Imogene, lived on a dilapidated farm in East Orange, Vermont from 1946 until their deaths in 1993 and 1996. Seemingly unwilling to fix up the farm, and living without central heating and limited electricity the Miller’s managed to accumulate a tremendous amount of valuable cars. Miller went through one VW beetle after another, fixing them as best he could until they broke down again.
1928 Franklin ($45.000) and a 1923 HCS ($14,500)
During the estate preparation the sheriff discovered bearer bonds taped to the underside of a mirror, which caused the state to undergo a more detailed search of the premises. In the end the auction was handled by famous auction house Christies and brought collectors the world around.
1913 Stutz Bearcat ($105,000)
Miller graduated from Rutgers and was the son of a wealthy merchant. He owned a unique mail and delivery service in the 1930’s but the Miller’s needed to keep their secret collection hidden away so they moved to the Vermont farm.
1916 Stutz Bearcat sold for $155,000
Miller made the decision to purchase the farm and squirrel away his wealth. He built a garage for his vehicles using scrap metal and various materials.
1920 Bearcat ($50,000)
Miller was obviously obsessed with Stutz cars and when the manufacturer went out of business he bought a huge quantity of parts that sat gathering dust in his garage.
Springfield Rolls Picadilly Roadster ($115,000)
His taste in cars sometimes got away from the Stutz’s and propelled him to buy some specialty cars. These amazing vehicles were tucked away in storage sheds and concealed from any interested parties.
1921 Stutz Bearcat ($58,000)
In order to drum up some cash he would sell some of his parts. However, instead of parting with his own supply he would painstakingly make copies of the original parts by hand.
1928 Stutz Blackhawk Boattail Speedster ($78,000)
1931 Stutz SV16 Sedan ($10,000)
1929 Stutz Blackhawk ($7,000)
Stutz DV32 Sedan ($27,500)
Brand new Stutz engine, practically off the assembly line
1923 HCS ($12,000)
1929 Stutz Lebaron ($68,000)
1927 Stutz AA Sedan ($6,500)
1925 Stutz Speedway Six ($9,000)
1921 Bearcat with a T-Head engine
From this mountain of spare parts one could assemble a 1922 Stutz ($1,000)
The barn was full of scrap metal, among other car parts. Miller wanted to be buried in the churchyard, and they wrote to the Church all his possessions, which was put up for auction. Now about the revenue.
$ 2.18 million at auction
$ 1 million in gold
$75,000 in silver
$400,000 in stock certificates