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Blackhawk Collection, Inc., Danville, CA owned by Don Williams, a noted authority and car connoisseur for four decades, specializes in the acquisition and sale of one-of-a-kind classic automobiles and sports & race cars. Don Williams has redefined the classic automotive market for private collectors, museums and investors worldwide.

Nestled among the mansions and quiet splendor of one of the most exclusive gated communities in the country, just 30 miles east from San Francisco, the Blackhawk Collection is arguably one of the most unique car dealerships in the world - though calling it that, is like calling a Duesenberg "just an automobile."

On any given day, 'by appointment only' visitors will find several million dollars worth of classic automobiles on display at the Blackhawk Collection, where Williams maintains the largest inventory of major classics in the world, with some 125 to 150 cars available on a moment's notice to collectors worldwide. In fact, the collection has developed a reputation as a virtual Fort Knox of classic Cars.

Blackhawk was founded in 1981, and three years later Williams became the first person ever to sell a classic car (a 1931 Figoni-bodied boattail Duesenberg) for more than $1million.

The company has become one of the world's leading classic car brokerage firms, buying and selling entire collections, assembling collections for enthusiasts, investors, corporate heads, celebrities, and royalty - and indulging in Williams' particular passion, seeking out the rarest of all classics, one-of-a-kind or limited-production models from the pre-World War II "golden era" of cars. Over the years, more than 4,000 of the world's rarest and most desirable classic automobiles have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection.

The company inaugurated the first "Exposition" format at the New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, Japan in 1988. The creative concept received glowing reviews and comments. As well that year, the Blackhawk Collection presented in Geneva, Switzerland the first American style auction held in Europe, "The Sport Cars Auction". In 1990, Williams, in partnership with Mitsubishi, introduced the unique "The World Vintage Car Auction and Exposition".

Over the years cars from the Blackhawk Collection have graced the lawns, fairways and ramps of some of the most prestigious gatherings and shows around the world. Blackhawk Collection is recognized worldwide for its style, quality, and selection of automobiles.

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