Lawyer's plans for car museum in doubt

Nov. 1, 2009 at 2:39 PM
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HOUSTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The dream of a Houston lawyer to display his collection of hundreds of cars may not come to fruition following his recent death, a longtime friend says.

Gerald Treece, who is serving as the executor of the estate of attorney John O'Quinn, said it remains unclear what will become of the more than 800 vehicles the trial lawyer collected before his death Thursday in a car accident at the age of 68, the Houston Chronicle said Sunday.

"The simple answer is I don't know," said Treece, who added all of O'Quinn's personal property was left to the attorney's charitable foundation.

The car collection amassed by O'Quinn is likely worth a fortune as estimates prior to the addition of more than 200 vehicles had the collection valued at more than $100 million.

Ken Dougherty, whose Houston company restores classic automobiles, told the Chronicle that O'Quinn's collection was one to truly envy.

"There was not a single type of car he did not have," Dougherty said. "He could send cars to any event that was specializing in any genre and they really wouldn't have to ask anyone else."

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