About Collector Car Appraisals
We have been professionally appraising antique, classic, special interest and other collector type vehicles, plus select boats, vintage motor homes motorcycles, unusual, and conventional vehicles since 1966. Mr. Lewis E. Lazarus, Jr., our General Manager and senior appraiser, is the third generation in the automotive field, which dates back to 1913. Over those nine decades, the family has successfully owned and operated auto agencies including new Ford, Chevrolet and Buick franchises. Upon the passing of the senior Mr. Lazarus in 1964, Lewis E. Lazarus, Jr. stepped in as General Manager of the family businesses and later acted in the capacity as curator of the auto museum.
In 1966 the appraisal business commenced as an offshoot of the already well known Lazarus Auto Collection and Museum Display. Mr. Lazarus has been personally cited no less than three times in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for unusual vehicles sold. In fact, the 1975/76 "Guinness Book of World Records" featured Lazarus' 1929 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton on the cover of the hardbound edition. In 1974 Lazarus sold Duesenberg serial number J101 (the first J Duesenberg ever produced) for a staggering sum of $205,000. Granted even though $205,000 is still a great deal of money, in 1974 one must take into consideration that a new Corvette sold in the $5,000.00 range and you could buy a new Cadillac for less than $6,000.00. The Greta Garbo 1933 Duesenberg Fernandez and Darrin Victoria, which they also sold for a world's record, has changed hands most recently for a reputed figure in excess of three million dollars ($3,000,000.00).
The European version of our Disney Channel/ESPN recently utilized Mr. Lazarus' expertise in the collector car field, and the segment "Cadillac, Standard of the World" featured Mr. Lazarus in an extensive interview. In fact, over the years Mr. Lazarus has been interviewed on radio including a special segment broadcast nationwide on Monitor Radio by Gene Rayburn, (Former "Match Game" host), on television across the country, and too many newspaper and magazine articles (including "Playboy") to list, space permitting. In 1999, Krause Publications "Old Car Weekly" and Amos Press "Cars & Parts" magazines did articles citing Mr. Lazarus and his activity in the collector car field. Kruse International of Auburn, Indiana, the largest and most active collector car auction company in the world, formerly owned by eBay, displays Mr. Lazarus' name on their wall of world-renowned collectors.
Mr. Lazarus's photograph has appeared in the fall Auburn A.C.D. Festival Souvenir catalogue. He is a life member of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Mr. Lazarus was one of the collectors to have the vision to reach into their pockets and made a major donation to help save the decaying Auburn Motorcar factory Complex (that was tentatively scheduled as a candidate for demolition) in that same town of Auburn, Indiana. Had the complex not been saved and restored to its original splendor, current and future generations would have been deprived from actually being able to physically tour this important part of automotive history.
Mr. Lazarus has successfully completed the certification program, which included extensive training and testing by The Certified Appraisers Guild of America. He is now one of the most recognized, highly qualified, certified appraisers in the nation when you consider his credentials and extensive experience. He continues his certification annually and is a member in good standing with the Certified Appraisers Guild of America.