Maybe You Used to Visit the Pate Museum Like I Did. On Saturday, You Can Buy the Exhibits.
On Christmas Eve we bid farewell to the Pate Museum of Transportation just outside of Fort Worth, the first museum I can recall my classic-car-rebuilding, auto-parts-selling father taking me to when I was a boy. A good Friend of Unfair Park -- and a very good friend of the Pate family -- sends word, though: On June 5 at the site of the old museum off Highway 377, a Canadian auctioneer is selling off the Pate Collection, which is being offered without reserve.
Legend has it this is the taxi cab in which Lee Harvey Oswald fled the Texas School Book Depository.
The highlights are too myriad to mention -- everything from a Studebaker delivery wagon from the 1800s to a 1934 Brewster Ford Town Car to a 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback. Peruse the eight-page catalog at your leisure. From the looks of the close-ups, some of the cars aren't exactly mint, and despite having been restored once upon a time, I doubt you can pull up and drive outta there in more than a few -- this isn't a Mecum auction, after all. But our Friend says the Mustang runs. Hard. Fingers crossed I can ask the Pates tomorrow.
Till then, there is this one morbid curio amongst the lot: a 1962 Checker Marathon Dallas Taxi Cab, otherwise known as the taxi Lee Harvey Oswald hailed when he left downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963. And I just talked to my dad. Big Hersch and I are taking my son to the Pate auction Saturday. Got my eye on an Edsel.
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