Moon-Walk Inventor’s Vast, Eclectic Car Collection Up For Sale
This. Is. Not. An. April. Fools’. Joke.
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Bob Regehr was a mechanic and owned a couple of gas stations before he and his wife stumbled upon a million-dollar idea: they invented and sold the Moon-Walk bouncy house, those ubiquitous giant balloon houses you see at fairgrounds and kids’ birthday parties. With his money worries now firmly behind him, Regehr later followed his passion: collecting cars. A LOT of cars.
Regehr passed away last year in Hutchinson, Kansas, so his giant 140-vehicle collection will be up for sale at VanDerBrink Auctions’ October 24 sale at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. It seems a fascinating look into an interesting man: according to a 2009 story on him in Hot Rod Magazine, Regehr would sometimes go up to a car owner and offer to buy his car if he liked it. His collection was also kept secret from the public eye, meaning all the vehicles therein have remained in like-new condition.
For the most part, they range from the 1930s up to the 1970s, though the newest is a 1987 Ford Mustang GT convertible. One of the rarest of the collection is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car, one of just 43 built. But Regehr’s collection also includes other muscle cars from that era, American cars from the 1940s and ’50s and even a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Pininfarina. Oddly, there’s also a bundle of no less than 17 1932 Fords. Obviously, he liked the lines.
*Images courtesy of VanDerBrink Auctions