Six of Sen. Howard Baker Jr.’s cars sold for $285K at auction to benefit UT’s Baker Center

Six antique cars in the estate of Howard H. Baker Jr. brought $285,500 at an auction for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee named for the former U.S. senator, U.S. ambassador and presidential chief of staff on Saturday, reports Georgiana Vines.

Jerry Eastman of Knoxville bought two cars totaling $100,000 — a 1962 Ford Galaxie and a 1937 Cord Custom Beverly, which was the last car Baker purchased.

An out-of-state bidder, Myron Schuster of New York, was the successful bidder at $85,000, which was the most for a single car. He bought a 1951 Hudson Hornet Convertible, which Baker had restored in 2007.

The proceeds were a little less than what auctioneers earlier estimated would be raised, but Baker’s former associates said they were pleased.

Fred Marcum, his longtime spokesman, said for a rainy day, “I think it’s OK.”

Note: The item is one part of a Vines’ column. One of her articles prior to the auction, HERE, has more details.