Dan Hanlon’s extensive classic car collection makes him a ‘go-to guy’ for the Glenmoor Gathering
Dan Hanlon owns a fleet of gleaming classic automobiles that would do any museum proud. In fact, the storage building in Lake Township that houses part of his 36-car collection resembles a museum.
“I’ve been collecting all my life, I guess,” Hanlon says with characteristic nonchalance. “I had a ’62 Chevy Super Sport convertible when I was 17. My dad had Model T’s.”
Unlike many of his car-collector buddies, Hanlon, 58, loves to take his prized cars out on the road for a spin. Carefully, of course, and never in the rain or snow. “I’m a driver, definitely,” he says.
A 1949 Packard Super 8 convertible, still being restored, “is going to be my everyday driver. I don’t want it to be too nice, or I won’t want to take it out.”
The 60-year-old sports car gets 20 mpg on the highway, he notes.
Hanlon happily shares his cars with spectators each year at Glenmoor Country Club’s Gathering of Significant Automobiles.
“I had three cars there last year,” he says. “I go to all of the big shows, and that’s one of the nicest in the country.”
David Schultz, executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering, named Hanlon as a key player in the show’s success.
“Dan is a very unassuming guy who enjoys sharing his collection with other people,” he says. “He has a very nicely developed collection that covers several eras, so he’s one of our go-to guys,” Schultz says. “He has a car for every year’s show, no matter what the theme.”
Asked what he most enjoys about collecting cars, Hanlon says, “I like the people, the friendship, driving them, and I like to remember the way things used to be, when we made everything in this country.”
Hanlon, a Norton native who lives at Congress Lake in Lake Township, owns Allen Keith Construction, which specializes in fire-damage restoration.
Many of Hanlon’s prized vehicles were purchased from owners in California, where the “dry, beautiful weather” is optimal for preserving automobiles. His elegant 1939 Packard Victoria originally was owned in California by Helen Willis Moody, a famous tennis star. Hanlon’s red 1960 Pontiac Catalina, whose original owner was a secretary at MGM Studios, had never left Beverly Hills before he purchased it. His racy 1954 Jaguar XK140 Roadster — the 140 stands for 140 mph — also was originally purchased in Beverly Hills.
Hanlon’s car collection is diverse and dazzling. Over here is a sleek white 1959 Thunderbird convertible with tail fins, a turquoise interior and only 8,000 miles on the odometer. On the other side is a 1954 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Luxe. With a distinctive rocket-shape hood ornament, it is one of only 15 known to exist.
He owns eight Packards, among them a top-of-the-line 1947 Packard Custom with wool upholstery and ultra art deco interior styling. There were only about 200 1929 Packard 645s made and only a handful of these were roadsters. Hanlon clearly is tickled to own one and happily points out its golf-bag compartment, rumble seat and other features.
“If you bought one of these, it was not your primary car,” he says. “The thing runs like a top.”
A nationally recognized celebration of vehicular magnificence, the 15th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles will happen Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Glenmoor Country Club in Jackson Township.
On display will be nearly 200 invitation-only automobiles in a wide range of styles and eras from collectors throughout the United States. This year’s show will honor Edsel B. Ford, the only son of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford. Edsel was closely involved in the creation of beautiful automobiles of the 1920s and ’30s, among them the debut of the 1939 Lincoln Continental.
A group of 1934 Ford hot rods will be featured at the show. Moray Callum, executive director of Ford Americas Design, will serve as grand marshal of the gathering.
Another display will be
“French Fronts/Vintage Style” automobiles featuring the swooping fronts popular with many early automobiles such as Renault and Franklin.
Artwork by 10 artists will be displayed and available for sale.
Food and beverages will be available, and there will be cooking demonstrations and a coloring contest for children.
Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older, free for 12 and younger. Visit www.glenmoorgathering.com for details.