A time machine is up for sale in Puyallup on Saturday.
Sure, it looks like a 1956 Ford Victoria Coupe with two-tone paint. But slide inside on the pink and white seats and you’ll find a completely original, unrestored classic.
You supply the fuzzy dice and poodle skirt.
“It’s the only one in the world in that condition,” said Alan Gorsuch.
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It’s impossible to verify Gorsuch’s claim. But there is at least one certainty you can count on: He will sell it to the highest bidder Saturday.
“Whoever raises their hand owns that car,” he said Wednesday.
Gorsuch owns Sanford and Son Antiques and will auction off the Victoria, several other classic cars and hundreds of other items from the estate of Marlowe Roeser.
The Roeser family has owned and operated Marlowe's concession stand at the Puyallup Fair for more than 40 years. Marlowe Roeser died in 2015 at age 74.
Saturday’s auction of his collections will include coin-op jukeboxes, hundreds of LP and 45 RPM records, pinball machines, antique stereopticon cards, mop tins and about 100 antique vacuum cleaners.
In addition to the Victoria the other cars include:
▪ 1928 Dodge Brothers Senior Opera Coupe.
▪ 1930 Ford Model A Huckster.
▪ 1930 Ford Model A.
Gorsuch has conducted five auctions for the Roeser family.
“This is the big one,” he said. “This is the swan song of his entire estate.”
Roeser’s daughter, Judi Moore, said Saturday’s auction will be nostalgic for the family. Her brother, Russ Roeser, died unexpectedly on June 28.
“It is going to be bittersweet,” she said. “This is a closure for the family.”
Her father and mother drove the cars, all of which are in working order.
The family is keeping just one, a Model T. And each family member has one of the antique vacuum cleaners Marlowe Roeser liked so much.
“This was my mom and dad’s legacy,” Moore said. “But it’s overwhelming. We do not have the room for these items.”
When: 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 19)
Preview: Noon-6 p.m. Friday (Aug. 18)
Where: 11701 86th Ave. E., Puyallup
Information: Sanford and Son Antiques, 253-272-0334