By on April 17, 2017

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If you’re a god-tier automotive enthusiast looking for more vintage project cars than you could ever finish before your death (and don’t mind living in rural Canada), then we have good news for you. There’s a five-acre property for sale in picturesque southern British Columbia that’s perfectly suitable for ignoring while you wrench away on more than 340 classic cars that are included in the deal.

For $1.45 million, you can be the proud owner of a restoration shop, a sizable hangar, and enough steel to build five more on a property already zoned for auto salvage.

The land sits alongside B.C.’s White Post Auto Museum and is only a few minutes’ drive from Shuswap Lake — which is rumored to shelter a 25-foot prehistoric monster known as the ShuswaggiCryptozoologists believe the beast to be a surviving basilosaurus, meaning there could be an entire family of ancient whales for you to hunt when you aren’t organizing row after row of mid-century automobiles. If you aren’t into cryptid spotting, mentioning old Shuswaggi could also be a good way to haggle down the price.  

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Of course, the seller might think you’re insane if you suggest $1.45 million is too much to pay for a property so close to monster-infested waters. However, owner Mike Hall might also have a few screws loose, as he values the vintage vehicles at anywhere between $500 to $35,000 a pop. Assuming the majority are in half-decent shape, that’s the bulk of the property value right there.

Hall’s collection consists largely of old two-doors with a strong bias toward trucks from the 1940s and muscle cars form the late 1960s. Some of the standouts include a 1966 Pontiac Beaumont, 1927 Ford Model T pickup, 1964 Chevrolet Malibu convertible, and a 1947 Mercury Ute imported from Australia. The lot and buildings are also populated by dozens of vintage station wagons, vans, and a handful of sedans.

“I started accumulating cars when I was 20,” Hall, now 60, told “First it was 50 cars. Then the collection grew to 100. I bought more and more. It’s easy to buy them when you’re working. It’s like an addiction. With 100 cars, 200 seemed better, and now it’s well past 300 … I was away 10 months of the year working around the province. I made more money than I knew what to do with, so I would buy cars all across B.C.”

Hall was asked by his wife to stop bringing cars to their farm, so he purchased the five-acre property in Tappen but never made effective use of it. He has a few specific projects he wants to focus on but knows he’ll never get around to the majority of his massive collection. “I’m 60 years old and won’t live long enough to restore these cars,” he said.

If you want to carry the torch, the property listing is still up on Century 21. The on-site refurbished home may be little more than a shack but, depending on how you feel about scrapyards, it’s still a gorgeous plot of land.

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[Images: Century 21]

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20 Comments on “Canadian Man Selling Five Acres of Land and Over 340 Project Cars Near Monster-infested Lake...”

  • avatar

    Wow! Impressive number of cars…but one has to wonder how many of them are really restorable, or even worth restoring. It saddens me that he parked them on grass, outside in the elements, and has allowed so many to deteriorate even more over the years. That said, if I were younger with money to burn, given my passion for 50s, 60s, and a few 70s model muscle cars, I’d have to take a look…

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    What’s the red truck between the IH and the ’67 GMC?

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    I need financing :) I’d love to bring those cars back to life

  • avatar

    This place was setting for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Used Car Salesman but he changed it up because too depressing/suicide risk.

    Still, there’s probably a bubbletop there worth keeping…the blue and beige Invictas (I think?) in the front row for example.

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    I call it – hoarding. We have couple of people like that across the street. They have these old Cadillac bodies sitting there for 20 years.

    I would try sell these to Hollywood. They need cars like this. They could paint it over, stick some engine in them and make fake rare cars for scene shooting.

    • 0 avatar

      A guy in my area has acres and acres of VW Bugs, Combis, Variants, etc parked out in the desert. But he does a booming business parting them out to people who need parts.

      Kinda like a Boneyard for old VWs.

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      SCE to AUX

      The guy at the end of my plan used to hoard Oldsmobiles (he had maybe a dozen of them), until about 3 years ago. I think the police paid him a visit and forced him to clean it up.

      • 0 avatar

        From 1980-2011 I had a hoard of 21 cars parked on my property in the canyon where I lived, but they all ran, and were roadworthy.

        I made an agreement with my wife back then that if I bought my 2011 Tundra, I would sell all those cars and my 1988 Silverado and my 2006 F150. And I did.

        I had illegal aliens tripping all over themselves willing to buy these vehicles so they could get out of NM in search of a new life in a Blue State.

        This was before Canada laid out the welcome mat for illegal aliens. I understand that many now go North instead of East.

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    If I was a car restorer, I’d buy the property, choose a handful I’d like to work on, then advertise a crush date for the rest – no parting them out.

    There would be some bites to save those with a death sentence, and at the end of the waiting period the property would be largely clear. You might even reap enough cash to actually finish a few cars. Heck, you’d raise $30k just by scrapping most of them.

    This guy has taken hoarding to a different level. It would take a year just to research the potential value of this bunch, because *maybe* there’s a gem in there worth something to the right buyer.

    BTW, $1.45 million ($1.09 million USD) is way too much.

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    Too bad this isn’t a bit south, ie in the US. If so I’d start selling most of my properties to buy it. The big problem though is all the cars since they would be not be considered a like-kind exchange and represent a significant amount of the value of the property.

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    The monster-infested lake should keep the number of bidders (and the prices) down. And if that fails, Shuswaggi can eat some of them. Decent prices, and entertainment. So much win!

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    87 Morgan

    Seems to me the appropriate solution to dispose of these vehicles is to do what the family of the guy in Nebraska did last year or two years ago, and auction the cars.

    The seller most likely has delusions as to the value of his collection; which seems to be an underlying commonality among hoarders. They have convinced themselves all the crap they bought at garage sales and estate sales are appreciating assets, instead of what it is. Junk.

    I am sure of the 300 there are maybe 30-70 savable and valuable cars, the rest are destined to be recycled steel.

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      Yep, exactly right.

      At the end of the day, nobody’s gonna want to spend $30k and 3-5 years restoring a 1940s truck of questionable vintage value.

      What will *actually* happen here is the property will sell for much less than $1.09 million USD, and the buyer will scrap 95-99% of it.

      Then they’ll be faced with a mini-Superfund cleanup effort from all the car fluids which have been leaking into the soil and water for decades.

      This guy should have been stopped long ago, either by his wife or by the authorities. His unbridled obsession has only created a headache for everyone else.

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    If I were a rich man, and cost and time were no object…I’d buy this property, specifically to get all 340 cars at once, and to get some major press from the classic car enthusiast community. Then, I would rip out the engines and gas tanks on every car and sell or junk those parts only. In their place, I would install electric motors and batteries, restore and update the cars to make them roadworthy, and sell them to buyers around the world. Even if I lost money, the press and the feeling of saving classic cars as EVs would be a great way to spend my retirement, while supporting the local economy, raising EV awareness, getting some fresh air, and maybe even catching a giant prehistoric lake monster. Once all the cars are sold and the lot is empty, install solar panels over the entire 5 acres and give free energy to the town forever. What more could you ask for?

    • 0 avatar

      Sounds good to me but I don’t think you could convert all those old cars to EV, they’re way too heavy. All EV cars have to be really lightweight to be functionally efficient, otherwise you would go like 40 miles on a charge, you know? If you really wanted to make a hypothetical EV positive change you could take your multimillion dollar investment in your senerio, and buy politicians. You can literally buy them. A few congressmen, maybe even a senator. What we need is subsidies for EV technology. The vast majority of vehicle owners are not car enthusiasts, it would make no difference to them to replace an internal combustion power source with an electric source produced from green energy. We really need to get the ball rolling on this. At least It seems like awareness is starting to grow.

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    (If I’m mistaken, it would be nice to see a picture of the sizeable hanger.)

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    What a waste ~ .
    Rusty old vehicles driven on salted roads then parked over grass for decades .
    Few who go to the eventual auction will bother to lie on the dirt and _LOOK_ at the rusted chassis and so buy one or more of these then get upset when they get it home and take it to bits, eventually to be sold as a few parts and scrap the rest .
    Sad but that’s what I’ve been seeing to oldies for 60 years .

  • avatar

    This find has already made the rounds a couple times. The guys over at found out that all of the muscle cars seen in the main photos are over at the car museum next door and aren’t included in the sale. Clearly, someone is trying to pull a fast one.

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    I think I see Click and Clack’s Valiant convertible. That should be worth something.

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