As promised in a previous post, I said I would give everyone a better look at the incredible J.M. Keeley fishing tackle car and trailer. Here is a photographic tour of the outside and inside of the trailer and car, courtesy of Donnie Gould and his incredible team at Auctions America in Auburn, Indiana. Donnie pulled out the car and trailer from the auction building and gave us a private tour, and it was as awe-inspiring as you can imagine!
Seeing the Keeley trailer in person is just awesome. I cant imagine a cooler tackle-related item in history. The restoration was just amazing.
The inside of the trailer has been restored, but was full of the original tackle items awaiting the new owner to put in what they desired. Here are a few internal shots showing how cool (and how customized) this trailer was.
The restoration of this car and trailer was a truly daunting project. Below are a couple of "before" photos. The combination was found in the Florida Keys, and looked like this when it was discovered:
J.M. Keeley himself was a prominent tackle and marine products representative based out of 2380 NW 23rd Street in Miami, Florida.
It was an incredible experience seeing this in all its glory, and my thanks go out to Donnie and Auctions America for letting us get a look at it.
Tune in tomorrow where we'll post a couple of videos you'll definitely want to see.
Check out the auction photos for the 1931 J.M. Keeley Car and Tackle Trailer yourself!
-- Dr. Todd