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Faces behind the Harvey and Agnes Baus Collection

Collector Cars all have their own characteristics, looks and stories. Their owners often have as unique stories and characters as their cars. The Baus Collection is no exception. Harvey Baus always had an interest in cars and owned and operated Baus Repair in Hoven, SD. In this area of South Dakota, if the name is Baus, you can be sure you’re talking to a master vehicular craftsman.

Harvey and Agnes collected and restored cars and each car has a story. Harvey and Agnes are more than happy to share them with people who stop by their building they built in 1989 to house their collection. The 40x120 ft building is located on the main drag of Hoven, SD and you can’t help but drive through the town and notice the collection peering through the long wall of glass windows.

The Bauses had 4 children: 3 girls and 1 boy that was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1987. The kids all have the same love for the collection as their parents and have spent many hours in preparation for parades, shows, and restorations. Tammy, who bought Baus Repair and Body Shop from her parents in 1992, talks about painting and helping her Dad on many of the cars. Rhonda and Janet also have the same fondness of the hobby enjoyed by their parents.

The collection came about from friends that had cars, sold cars, and fixed cars. Harvey was a man that was always willing to lend a hand and loved a story and a joke. The Bauses loved to entertain friends and enjoyed the car hobby.

The collection has something for everyone, from a beautiful 1957 Mercury Turn Pike Cruiser or a 1961 Ford Thunderbird Coupe, to a 1946 Ford that was once the Hoven Fire Department truck. There is an assortment of vehicles including pickups and even a fun Lincoln Town Car that was fashioned into a homemade convertible. No top needed when riding with Harvey and Agnes. The rain didn’t stop the fun, they learned if you drove fast enough, the rain went right over the top of the passengers. There are Pontiacs, Buicks, Chevrolets, and much more. The collection includes a 1955 Chevrolet Step side pickup with a V8, a beautiful 1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible, and 1957 and 1960 Cadillacs.

Harvey was working on cars until physically he could not do it anymore. Harvey and Agnes have been living in private care and the family has decided to sell the collection to assist in the costs involved.

VanDerBrink Auctions will sell the Baus collection at NO Reserve as well as the 40’x120’ Car Museum at auction May 28th, 2016 at 10am. There will be a preview on May 27th, 2016 from 10 to 7pm. The auction will be held at the museum along with an assortment of tools, hubcap collection, and a few other items. The auction will also be online for buyers that can’t venture to South Dakota for the auction. The family and VanDerBrink Auctions invites you to come and bid on a piece of this collection and share the joy the Bauses have for this collection. There is something for everyone. Be on time, there aren’t a lot of small items up for auction. The building will be sold at 1pm on May 28th. The building would make a great location for your collection or business. So plan to attend the Baus Collection Auction May 28th, 2016 at 10am in Hoven, SD. For more info on this and other auctions, complete inventory, videos, and more at or call 605-201-7005.


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