America’s First Collector Car Auction Company
Before car collecting was a business, the passion for old cars took hold of Jim Leake, Sr., the founder of Leake Auction Company. For many years Mr. Leake found cars and stockpiled them in his grocery warehouses. Upon the insistence of his wife to pare down his ever-growing collection, Mr. Leake discovered a new business opportunity. This led to an important stage in the evolution of collector car auctions. In 1964 the first collector car auction was held in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Considered a smashing success by everyone, the stage was set for a museum and the annual collector car auction in Tulsa. The Antiques, Inc. Car Museum in Muskogee showcased the largest private collection of Rolls-Royces in the world. Other fabulous cars such as Isotta Fraschinis, Talbot Lagos, Duesenbergs, Packards, Ferrari’s and unusual steam and electric cars housed in their museum made Leake a household name for decades.
Leake Auction Company set the standard for the car auction industry 46 years ago as the pioneer in the business. After the loss of Mr. Leake in 2001, the Leake dynasty continued under the leadership of Jim Leake’s daughter, Nancy Leake Sevenoaks and her husband Richard. Under their leadership, the company expanded operations to Dallas and Oklahoma City. Today their auction team has decades of world class collector car knowledge. They continue to carry out the principles Mr. Leake founded the company on: quality, respect and loyalty to the business.
In January 2018, Leake was acquired by Ritchie Bros., a global asset management and disposition company. With Ritchie Bros. online audience of 3.3 million registered bidders worldwide, Leake has the largest bidder base of any collector car auction company in the world.