For over 100 years Southern California has been a car-lover’s paradise. Henry Ford himself used to test cars in Altadena, close to Moran’s old headquarters. Sunny weather, good roads, and the Los Angeles lifestyle makes for a haven for classic cars kept in drivable condition. We’re passionate about cars old and new; Vehicles can occasionally be found in our 20th Century Art + Design or our Traditional Collector auction, depending on their vintage and styling.
John Simon Taylor acquired his extensive knowledge of the antiques trade starting at an early age, surrounded by his family’s furniture and antiques business in northern California. While pursuing a degree in Industrial Art from the University of San Francisco, he was offered a position in the Executive Buying Program of Macy’s California as an assistant buyer. For the next 22 years he worked for Macy’s California and Macy’s New York in store planning, merchandise coordination, and as Senior Executive Buyer specializing in antiques and furniture accessories. Since 1996 he has owned a shop in Pasadena’s antiques district, as well as being established at the Pasadena Antique Center.
John enjoys travelling throughout his native California, indulging his passion for the state’s art and architecture, from Arts and Crafts to Mid-century modern, and collecting classic cars.
A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible
Sold for $95,000
A 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster XLH883
Sold for $2,750
A 1970 Dodge Charger 500 two-door sport hardtop
Sold for $23,100
A Ford Model 'A' woody station wagon
Sold for $28,600
A Black 1955 Ford F-100 truck
Sold for $36,000
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Moran’s offers a wide range of appraisal and paid valuation services, including fair market and insurance appraisals. By retaining Moran’s to evaluate your property, you can be sure that your heirs or trustees will be able to make informed decisions about the equitable distribution or liquidation of assets.
If you are looking to downsize your collection or prepare a home for sale, Moran’s can apply our expertise in valuation, staging, logistics, and marketing to ensure you get the best price for your property.