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1926 Minerva AF

Chassis number : 56543

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Sold for $120,400 at 2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island.
Paul Ostruk of New York was a Czech émigré who had arrived in America in 1908. He became a coachbuilder and worked at the coachbuilder A.T. Demarest. He subsequently met and teamed up with Emerson Brooks. Brooks was a designer for coachbuilder J.M. Quinby & Co. and treasurer for the Automobile Club of America. The Ostruk and Brooks partnership prospered as Brooks was well-connected and Ostruk had a talent for coachwork. The Brooks-Ostruk company often worked with Pierce-Arrow or Packard frames and built bodies with European flare.

Ostruk was able to acquire Minerva chassis, often for more favorable terms than similar American contemporaries. This led to an agency for Minerva, until the depression began to cripple both companies.

By 1923, the collaboration between Brooks and Ostruck had been dissolved and in its wage would form Paul Ostruk & Co, New York. Most of the Ostruk Minervas were built on the largest horsepower six-cylinder cars, such as the AF.

This particular Town Car is a Minerval AF with coachwork by Paul Ostruk Co Inc. It was purchased by Jacques Vander Stappen from Seymour Rappaport of Teaneck, New Jersey in May of 1988. At the time of purchase, the car had 17,000 original miles. Mr. Rappaport is believed to have purchased the car int he 1970s. Mr. Rappaport had retrieved it from a garage where it may have slumbered for more than four decades. The car was given a restoration and its two-tone original color scheme was replicated.

While in the care of the past two owners, an additional 20,000 miles have been added to its speedometer reading.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $120,400

2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€250,000-€280,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales of the Minerva AF

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Minerva AF Town Car
Chassis#: 56543
Sold for USD$120,400
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1926 Minerva AF image  1926 Minerva AF image  

Minerva AFs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1926 Minerva AF's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 Minerva Model AF Town Car565442018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $250,000$280,000

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1926 Minerva AF Profiles

1926 Minerva AF vehicle information
Town Car
Coachwork: Paul Ostruk Coachworks
Chassis #: 56543
Engine #: 56544 AI