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  1. Advice on a Bentley please.

    George, you are probably right but the S1 is about 10 times more attractive.
  2. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    Interesting. Are there any pictures of it? I think the guy wanted 7500 bucks for it which was a ton of money for that period.
  3. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    We have been posting some MB stuff in other threads and there really should be an appropriate landing spot for some of these pictures and thoughts. Btw, one of the only English speaking websites that I know of where you could find information on prewar Mercedes Benz is the 170-220 forum. There is some great stuff on that site but their focus tends to be around the smaller engined cars so in this thread I would like to concentrate more on the full classic chassis, 290, 320, 380, 500, 540, etc. I've been lucky enough to see and touch many great Classics but the materials, fit & finish on the 1930s Mercedes was one of the best. Also, MB was a leader in technical advances including 4 wheel independent suspension in the 1933 380. The driver activated supercharger on the K,S,SS,380,500k, 540k and 770k to my knowledge is very unique. Only Stutz had tried a similar system in 1929.
  4. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    You can find a picture here:
  5. PreWar Mercedes Benz

    I probably already said this, but there was a 770K Offener Tourenwagen in a garage on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester Mass around 1960 that was for sale.
  6. FS- 1932 Franklin 3 Window Coupe W / Rumble Seat What a cool car! There are 50 guys on the forum right now that are putting blood sweat and tears into lesser cars when they should jump on this.
  7. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    If anyone is interested in a R2 4 speed with all paperwork needing restoration for 10% of Hyman's number PM me.
  8. R.I.P Cars and Parts

    I'm probably as "techie" as anybody on this forum but I prefer all my publications hard copy like you. Given the 12 clubs I belong to and various magazines that still happen to exist I get something a couple of times a week and always look forward to it. Sadly, I think this particular pleasure is nearing the end.
  9. R.I.P Cars and Parts

    Good point West. On the first part, I was looking for something positive to say. The 2nd part (which was negative) was easy because I see all the editors of the club's I belong to struggling for content for their quarterly newsletters. AACA has the advantage of gaining another year to cover with each year that goes by. I guess a club newsletter can cover club events, and generate content from that, but that is not interesting to me. Hemmings has a lot of event and auction coverage these days too. I think that the amount of writing is the same or growing, but the way it is monetized has changed a lot. The fact that any amateur can start a blog and reach as many people as Cars & Parts did in 1975 but at little cost devalues the professional writer. Technology is a blessing and a problem all at once.
  10. Advice on a Bentley please.

    Jags are another one where we need to distinguish between pre 1970 and post 1970. My mom drove her XK140 every day in the summer from about 1974 to 1994 and it never let her down once.
  11. R.I.P Cars and Parts

    The Niche focus makes sense. Obviously the hard part is coming up with continual content when focused on a narrow band of cars. I miss my GTE.
  12. R.I.P Cars and Parts

    There are two business you don't want to be in right now. Brick and Mortar retail and printed media. They are desperate. If you read their columns you will see a disconnect with the general outlook on this forum.
  13. There is little conversation on these fantastic cars so I want to start one. I don't know much about the Silver Ghost other than the design lasted a long long time. The PI & II are more in my wheelhouse as they were dead in the middle of the Classic era. Springfield RR were made from about 1920 to 1931 in Massachusetts. I believe all the PI and PII cars were LHD. The PII chassis were built in England and shipped to the U.S. for body and assembly so I count them as "American". I know some forum member own these and I'm hoping we can get some first hand impressions. I know build quality is fantastic. The engine is huge, but not geared to be a speed demon. Although the later PII "continental" chassis were supposedly good for 90mph. I don't know that the U.S. shipped models had that specification. To kick things off, here is a car I really want. Sort of shame the took it apart. A very rare opportunity to acquire one of the small number of left hand drive Phantom IIs produced, in this case being a very attractive Sports Saloon in part dismantled state, ready for a relatively light restoration. The car was delivered new to Canada, and has remained there for its entire life until now. Some of the photos show the car as it arrived, partly dismantled by the last owner in preparation for restoration, and others with it loosely 'hung together' to give an indication of the car’s handsome appearance, which includes louvred bonnet, rear-mounted spare wheel, quarter bumpers, etc, etc. As you can see, there are many components included with the car, including nicely re-chromed bumpers. A fascinating project, probably never to be repeated. Click the video link below to see footage of the car arriving here, and pictures after partial re-assembly.
  14. R.I.P Cars and Parts

    When I was growing up in the 70s my dad was a subscriber to Hemmings, Cars and Parts, a member of the ACD, AACA and CCCA as well as a bunch of other clubs. I never liked Cars and Parts for some reason and those got thrown out (along with Hemmings). When I was at Hershey this fall I bought 10 bound copies of C&P 1970-1980 from the AACA Library. Go figure.
  15. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    Here you go. Pictures look to be from 1957 if that makes sense. There is a good one of your car.
  16. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    I have a couple more. Will scan them when I get home tonight.
  17. In 1980 the very first album I ever got was Led Zepplin IV in eight track format. The only player we had was in my mom's 73 Eldo convertible, so I sat in the cold x-mas morning and listened to the whole tape. I thought, wow! I need to go buy more tapes, this stuff is great. Little did I know that tape was probably the greatest one ever made. A couple of months later I had my license, and my 49 Plymouth special deluxe had a 12 volt converter installed with a eight track player courtesy of my dad which was also a xmas present.
  18. Advice on a Bentley please.

    I think I would distinguish the cars from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s from the cars from the 70, 80s and 90s. But then again, I only one we have ever owned was a 59 Silver Wraith. But it is a car that you can work on the mechanicals and get parts for. The very expensive aspects of it are easy to see, aluminium body, leather, woodwork, etc. You can tell the condition by looking at the car and if it needs those things, well yeah, they are expensive.
  19. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    RM is selling a rare Willoughby bodied Ghost.
  20. Packard Auto Robe

    I have a feeling it is already gone.
  21. Auburn supercharged crankshaft

    Weld the counter weight on to your standard crank.
  22. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    This picture was taken in Ohio in the late 50s. Very similar to your car Peter but with earlier details. I wonder where it is now?
  23. Advice on a Bentley please.

    I don't know much about the post 1965 Rolls/Bentley other than you should not buy a RHD model in the U.S. However, I can say the earlier cars are fantastic in most respects. With some maintenance they will run forever. This is me and my senior prom date back in 82. This car is up to 170k miles with original everything mechanically.
  24. 1927 peerless boat tail

    Typically you can machine a new water pump shaft out of stainless.