Although not widely known, our friend Dave Wright gathered together quite a collection of rare and unusual wooden project boats on his farm in Southern California – all destined for future restorations. With Dave’s recent passing, his friends Tim and Brian Robinson (from Robinson Restoration also in Southern California) are assisting Dave’s wife Linda with the process of inventory and liquidation of the collection.
To streamline the process, two weeks ago a limited offering was distributed to collectors and restorers, resulting in some of the inventory selling within days of the offering. Although a number of boats are now sold, some project boats are still offered for sale. However, we thought our viewers (and potential buyers) would be interested to see the entire Dave Wright collection c/w pricing to give you a sense of where the market is for project boats these days. Here’s the summary from Brian Robinson.
Linda Wright asked me a couple weeks ago to inventory Dave’s collection of boats, engines, and parts. This is a daunting task, but one I am happy to do for her. She asked that I get the boats on the market ASAP. Since the boats are the easy part, I present you all the list and some photos of Dave’s 12½ boats. What is unique about Dave’s collection is they are all project boats, all “gray” boats. They are all mostly complete with most of the hardware etc. We have tried our best to price them all very fair, priced to sell. All prices are firm. I am not making any commission. All boats sold on Bill of Sale only.
1. 1929 Gar Wood 28’ Baby Gar model 28-30 Triple Cockpit.
Includes mostly complete original numbers matching Chrysler Imperial 6cyl 106hp engine. This is an unmolested very original boat down to the remnants of original upholstery. #293105. No Trailer. $30,000 SOLD
2. 1929 Gar Wood 28’ Baby Gar model 28-30 Triple Cockpit.
Offered with complete rebuildable Scripps 202 6cyl 678ci 200hp engine. #293170. Has original gauges and windshield but little hardware. Road-worthy trailer included. $25,000. SOLD
3. 1930 Gar Wood 28’ model 28-30 Triple Cockpit #2021.
Has original windshield, Consolidated panel and some hardware. No engine, no trailer. Straight hull. $25,000. SOLD
4. 1930 Hackercraft 26’ Triple Cockpit.
Only original 26-footer known to exist originally powered by optional Sterling Petrel 6cyl 780ci 200hp engine. Includes nice rebuildable correct Sterling, missing one cylinder head and carburetors. Most hardware including windshield, steering wheel, perfect original gauge panel, and new fuel tank. One of the prettiest designs ever. On non-road-worthy trailer $33,000. SOLD
5. 1937 Gar Wood 24’ Streamline Cabin Sedan utility #5994 .
Very rough condition, but extremely complete with all original cabinetry etc. Original numbers matching twin Chrysler Ace engines. One of 4 twin-engine 24’ built in 1937 (have great original photo of a sister boat #5933 – the New York show boat). One of five twin-engine 24’s ever built. On scary trailer but it did make it down from Tahoe. $22,000
6. 1947 Chris-Craft 20’ Custom Runabout.
Some work had been done but still a major project. Includes original M 130hp engine. Includes windshield and most hardware. #R-20-156. Originally delivered to Wilmington, CA. Trailer included. Includes complete Concours quality red leather interior. Original Honduras mahogany boat. $14,000.
7. 1947 Chris-Craft 22’ Utility.
A rare factory varnished Honduras mahogany version. Most Hardware. Includes core correct Chrysler SM-7 engine. Missing bottom planks. Not gray! #U-22-492. Trailer included. $3,000
8. 1948 Chris-Craft 19’ Red & White Racing Runabout.
Sides and deck are off. Very little rot. MCL engine included. Trailer included. #R-19-109. $9,000
9. 1955 Chris-Craft 19’ Capri. #CP-19-010.
Includes mostly complete original numbers matching K 95hp engine. Some hardware. Includes non-road-worthy trailer. $5,000
10. 1959 Chris-Craft 17’ Ski Boat.
Currently upside down, but does include the starboard half of another 17’ Ski Boat! No engine. FREE. SOLD
11. 1960 Century 16’ Resorter.
Very complete, on trailer with original Gray Fireball V8 170hp engine. FREE. SOLD
12. 1964 Chris-Craft 17’ Super Sport.
Includes original 327F Chris-Craft engine. Complete with original gauges. FREE. SOLD
Please contact me for more photos, or to set up an appointment. We have yet to inventory all of the engines, but among other things there is a Scripps 202 and 208, a complete Liberty V-12 and a ton of Liberty parts, and several K series Chris-Craft engines.
Thank you Matt and Texx, and thank you all!
Brian Robinson 760.468.1009
Good luck Brian – We hope this will help to get the word out to the community about the remaining boats from Dave’s collection for sale. For our viewers, this collection is in good hands with Tim & Brian Robinson and if you are interested, don’t hesitate to call, where you will receive straight, knowledgeable answers.