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Putting the shine on Idaho classic car collection

"There's detailers who have been around forever," says Steve Thompson, owner of Detail Doctors. "They'll never touch half the cars we're touching in this collection." His company detailed the 59 cars from the collection of the late Cal Phillips, o
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"There's detailers who have been around forever," says Steve Thompson, owner of Detail Doctors. "They'll never touch half the cars we're touching in this collection." His company detailed the 59 cars from the collection of the late Cal Phillips, o

The tires have been pumped, the engines checked, they’ve got new gas. They’ve been washed and polished inside and out. Now 59 classic cars, from a 1919 Model T to a 1976 Porsche — and cars from the decades in between — are ready to be auctioned.

The collection represents 20 years of labor and love by Cal Phillips of Paul, Idaho, who bought and fixed cars in his retirement. He loved cars of all kinds, so what makes this collection unusual is the variety of cars, from Mustangs and vintage pickups to muscle cars and Mercedes, Porsches and a Bentley.

It was Dave Ioset's job to get the engines running — or find out why they won't — as Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho prepared for the Aug. 26 auction of 59 classic cars from the collection of Cal Phillips. The cars ranged from a 1919 Model T to a 19

“There’s detailers who have been around forever,” says Steve Thompson, owner of Detail Doctor. “They’ll never touch half the cars we’re touching in this collection.”

Phillips died in 2013, and the family is selling his collection. Bidding starts online at Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho before the final live auction on Aug. 26 in Nampa. The auction is attracting national attention.

Callan "Cal" Phillips, of Paul, Idaho, spent 20 years restoring classic cars, vintage trucks and sedans. He died in 2013. His heirs sold most of the collection Aug. 26 in Nampa in an auction that will air on Fox Business. Two unsold cars will be a

Cal Phillips’ classic car collection auction

▪ Preview: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25

▪ Auction: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

▪ Preview and auction at Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho, 3323 Port St., Nampa.

▪ View and bid online at http://daaid.autoremarketers.com

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