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    1953 Merc?

    Years back, friend of mine had a '53 Custom 2-dr sedan. All stock, flathead, 3-spd. It was pretty decent, no issues. We had a lot of fun driving around in that car.
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    1960s Seattle Pontiac dealer?

    • Central Pontiac Inc, Broadway & East Pine, Seattle, WA - code 25 063 • Bud Meadows Pontiac, Inc., 4724 Roosevelt Way, Seattle, WA - code 25 289 • Totem Pontiac, Seattle, WA - code 25 433 ~ from the Ultimate GTO site, the only ones listed with a 'Seattle' address. http://www.ultimategto.com/art18.htm List is NOT complete and was last updated in 2009.
  3. I believe he was referring to the Eldorado Brougham, 57-58 ~
  4. It's so clean with no quarter window and the thicker C-Pillar tho. I already voted but once again; a slightly longer rear door that would allow full window retraction and keep the same uninterrupted glass and that roofline would be sublime.
  5. Ideally, the door would be reconfigured to extend rearward more on the body, allowing more room for the glass to (fully) retract and keep the cutline of the roof where it is. Should only need a few inches... but it would require a new shell/door.
  6. A B-pillar is not going to effect the problem area, which may (or may not) be the rearward edge of the glass. It's not the length of the door in itself, but the glass to door length. Longer doors would also have longer glass, no? Tho I like the red car's modification, the B&W car is closer to production ready here, in that there would be no re-engineering on the body shell (as opposed to the front clip & frame) other than the small rear window. Or, it could incorporate the '59-60 Eldorado Brougham's trick : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PplsTLf4Uqk
  7. Nice concept! • Merc offered 400 HP in '58 on their 430. • Mercedes wasn't exerting any influence in the USDM in the '50s, or the '60s (IMO). Too far behind in amenities, size, power, etc. Simply put; not in tune with the market at that point. They didn't put fins on until 2 years before Cadillac would abandon them, and perhaps with the exception of the limousine, I don;t believe they offered A/C until right about 1970. • If I may; I can see a 'small backlight' on this car, more akin to a limousine, which would give the Twelve a solid C-Pillar in profile to distinguish it. Could also wear some additional upscale features pretty well, such as the Mark II wheelcovers and perhaps the 'spare'. Quickie :
  8. The owner of this '59 Buick is in Sweden, and Buick actually exported a decent quantity in that era.
  9. I have a "200 MPH" speedo I got out of a '58 Cadillac in a NJ junkyard. There's zero markings to indicate KPH, but undoubtedly that's what it is.
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    1966 Mercury wagon restoration problems

    Pontiac had a 'throttle holder' ("Magi-Cruise" IIRC, and I think that didn't appear until '62) and didn't get the true, speed-maintaining 'Electro-Cruise' until '64.
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    Cadillac factory in the fifties

    GM cars that "left completely finished and running" came out of one of the assembly plants (Lansing, Flint, Linden, Southgate, etc etc). Fisher Body was not an assembly plant- they just made the bodies/stamped steel panels. I think this distinction commonly gets lost in general overviews.
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    Cadillac factory in the fifties

    Fisher built the body shells, hung the doors, painted them, then sent them to the adjacent assembly plant where everything else was installed. http://buickcity.blogspot.com/2009/09/buick-body-by-fisher.html http://buickcity.blogspot.com/2009/09/body-receiving-1947.html http://buickcity.blogspot.com/2009/09/1954-buick-fisher-body-1.html
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    FS - 1958 Chev. Impala

    The initial '59 bodies were to be continuations of the '58 shells. It was the 'mutiny' @ General Motors Styling that changed that, resulting in the all new '59s. Also, there was a mild recession in '58- the ONLY U.S. brand up in '58 was Rambler.
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    Simplex automobile registry

    The old Simplex plant building in New Brunswick still stands (10 minutes from me). There's of course no sign today it was ever such, other than the street running behind being named 'Simplex Ave'. If I recall the history correctly, Crane-Simplex's plant was needed for wartime aircraft engine production and production stopped toward the end of '17. It never resumed in that building.
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    1948 Car Production

    An 'apples-to-oranges' scenario, but interesting all the same IMO :: according to a 2012 count, 192 out of the 532 1953 Eldorado's were confirmed as surviving, or 36%. Obviously, that's a very high priced, specialty car. Tucker has an incredible survival rate of 92%.