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Late Kan. lawmaker's antique cars being auctioned

ALDEN, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas' late Rep. Bob Bethell amassed so many antique cars and other items that he built a large garage to house his collection. He was even planning to add an adjoining room to hold more at his home in Alden.

But that project wasn't completed before Alden died in a car accident on May 20, 2012, while returning home after the close of the Kansas Legislature. Now, his wife has decided to part with some of his beloved antique cars at an auction on Saturday -- and she has a story for each one of them, The Hutchinson News reported (http://bit.ly/12uShHR ).

Lorene Bethell explains that there's the 1958 Oldsmobile two-door hardtop, like the one she and her late husband drove when they were dating. And a Mary Kay pink Cadillac four-door sedan with white-wall tires that she has used to venture out since her husband's death.

The Navy-blue 1966 Ford Mustang, a two-door vehicle with a white soft top, was their daughter's car when she was in high school. And a 1928 Model A Ford, a two-door sedan with only 8,647 miles, was used in parades her husband would ride in each summer. And there's the 1992 red Geo Metro that he bought, drove for a while, and parked in the garage with only 55,430 miles.

"I once asked Bob: What car did he really want?" Lorene said. "And he told me, 'The next one.' "

Seven cars will be sold, along with Volkswagen bodies for parts and several tractors, including a Ford 8N with a mower, loader and buckets, plus an Allis Chalmers. Other items include a Pepsi machine, a traffic light and several fire hydrants.

The auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in Alden.