|Mike Hall is looking to sell his five-acre property in Tappen, B.C., and he’s willing to throw in something extra to sweeten the deal: 340-plus vintage cars. Hall plans on retiring, and in an effort to simplify his life, wants to sell his auto-wrecking business — along with the hundreds of classic cars he never found time to restore.|
Hall said his realtor has fielded about 100 inquiries — including five or six he considered to be serious — but he won’t start counting his money until a solid offer is on the table. “Buyers are liars, as my buddy used to say. Show me the money.”
|Hall’s car collection consists almost entirely of vintage two-door vehicles that run the gamut from 1940s trucks to old-school ’70s muscle cars. Highlights include a 1927 Ford Model T truck, a 1947 Mercury Ute from Australia, and a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu convertible.|
| Perhaps the rarest vehicle in his collection is a 1966 Pontiac Beaumont, one of only 45 ever made. |
Hall spent decades scaling rocks for a living and collecting cars was a labour of love. But now he says it’s time to move on. “You think you own shit, and you realize it owns you,” he said. “Everything you own attaches a spider web to you, and one day you’ve got so many spider webs you can’t move and you can’t breathe.”
That may not sound like much of a sales pitch, but Hall says his offer is ideal for a gearhead who wants nothing more than to work on cars and enjoy the quiet beauty of the south-central British Columbia.