Estate sale this weekend gives bidders a glimpse into the 1920s


History is up for sale this Saturday, as the estate of a Scandia truck, car, tractor and antique collector is auctioned off following his death this past spring.

Vintage John Deere tractors and a Chevrolet car and truck are among the big ticket items at the auction being held by Heidelberger Farm Equipment at the home of the late Edward "Flaming Eddie" Erickson, who died in April at the age of 78.

Looking at the listing is like being transported back to the 1920s, with a restored 1928 Chevrolet Capitol Truck and a 1925 Chevy two-door coupe (pictured below) that still "runs good" up for grabs.

It's joined by a "running, restored, nice, very rare" 1925 John Deere Spoker D tractor and another John Deere tractor from 1927 – both of which are pictured below – not to mention countless items of old John Deere parts, tires and steel wheels.

Erickson's family told the Pioneer Press that Erickson had bought hundreds of vehicles and parts during more than six decades of collecting, starting with an antique 1-ton Chevy pickup for $500 at the age of 16.

"He wasn't one to throw anything out," one of his three daughters, Diane Braun, told the newspaper. "He would always say, 'there's a use for it, you know.'"

According to his obituary in the Forest Lake Times, Erickson had been a member of the Scandia/Marine Antique Car Club "for many years."

The auction will be held at 9:30 a.m., directions to the site can be found on the listing here.

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