Before car collecting was a business, before collector cars became a hobby, and old cars were considered junk, the passion for ‘old junkers’ took hold of Jim Leake, Sr. Finding these cars and stockpiling them in his grocery warehouses in Muskogee, Oklahoma, brought about one important stage in the evolution of collector cars – one of the first collector car auctions in the United States! In 1964 the Leake family hired Park-Bernet (later to become Sotheby’s) to conduct a 1-day auction on the Leake site in Muskogee. Considered a smashing success by everyone, this one event set the stage for a museum and the annual collector car auction based 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 have made Leake a household name for 50 years of car collecting and expertise worldwide.
In 40 years, three generations of the Leake family have worked in the business. The industry lost its pioneer in July of 2001 when Jim Leake passed away at age 85. Today the Leake dynasty continues under the leadership of Jim Leake’s daughter, Nancy Leake Sevenoaks, her husband Richard. Under their leadership, the company expanded operations into Oklahoma City and Texas. In 2010 their daughter and son-in-law Ty and Audrey Young moved to Tulsa to continue in the family business. The Leake commitment to quality, service and care have made the auction house a leader in the industry.