This 'A to Z' Auto Collection Was 50 Years in the Making (PHOTOS)

Oct 09, 2014 06:00 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

If you think you love cars, you should meet John Moir.

The New Hampshire-based automobile collector has shown his love of cars literally from A to Z--by spending 50 years bringing together vehicles that represent the entire alphabet, Motoramic reported.

Moir is selling his carefully curated A to Z collection at this week's RM Auctions' Hershey event, deciding to auction off the unique set despite the years it took to put it together.

"John is so proud of this collection, and it's only because his heirs weren't as keen about keeping them together that he's decided to sell," said RM's Don Rose, as quoted by Motoramic.

"It became sort of an underground legend more than anything," Rose described the collection, which has stayed private but has been opened to interested visitors. "Nothing delighted John more than showing them off to people if they did come. Because every car had some sort of story for him."

Representing the "A" in the lineup is a 1950 AC 2-Liter Sports Tourer by Buckland, a model that was Moir's first car purchase and one that is expected to bring in $150,000 to $200,000 at auction.

The 1910 Zebra Type A Runabout rounds out the alphabet and has a projected $20,000 to $30,000 auction price.

Moir, a high school teacher, kept the unique collection "in a place he called the Car Barn, but as a true New Englander he spelled it Ca'a Bahn," according to Rose.

Another standout in the A to Z lineup is the 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood that Moir's father purchased in 1933. Part of the family ever since, the roadster was Moir's car while he attended Harvard despite the challenging size that made it difficult to park around campus.

"My father drove the Cadillac until World War II and then stored it due to gas rationing," Moir wrote in the RM lot description. "In 1946, when I got out of the Air Force, he gave it to me--I had been a belly-gunner on a B-24 but never got overseas. I had to drive the Caddy to college for 3½ years and then to work at the Museum of Science in Boston for a year. At that time, my dad said the Caddy was too big to drive in Boston every day, so I should retire it."

The Cadillac is expected to fetch $450,000-$650,000 at auction.

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