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  1. That is an absolutely gorgeous Packard 734 Speedster Sedan. Probably my favorite classic era sedan. Is that the speedster sedan from the Vaniderstine Collection in Florida? I believe there are less than a hand full of these in existence. The CCCA Museum owns one as well.
  2. SOLD!
  3. Although not in Pennsylvania, Hart's in not too far away in Cecil, Ohio and does a great job. Their prices are very competitive and their turn around time is relatively fast. They are a good, professional shop with a great reputation: Another possibility is Schalwms in Pennsylvania. I know they specialize in Model T/A Fords, but they might also do other engines. Again, a great shop with a great reputation. If they can not help you, they might be able to refer you to someone in PA.
  4. The comments from Alsancle and Xander are very true regarding this particular car. I also feel this car has some additional value because it is one of very few Skylarks remaining that has not been restored or messed up by hacked restoration attempts. A lot of the 125-175K examples out there look just beautiful from the outside but are a mess underneath. I have seen a lot of really bad Skylarks presented as "show cars". With this car, you know what you are getting into. A buyer also has the choice of sorting it out mechanically and enjoying it "as found". It would probably attract more attention as-is than the pseudo-show examples that we are normally used to seeing and the price is certainly more affordable. Someone will buy this and be happy with their purchase.
  5. Reminds me of the Cadillac Johny Cash sang about.
  6. Nice looking car. These early Cadillacs make great tour cars. One of the nice features about the demi tonneau is that the rear seat asssembly with the doors attached is made to be removable which gives you a touring car and roadster for the price of one. WIth the rear section and windshield assembly removed, you get a nice roadster/speedster that can be converted back to a touring car in less than an hour! A reasonable price for a desirable brass car.
  7. Here is a Youtube video about the movie. In this video, there are some scenes with the above pictured Locomobile 48.
  8. What a great car. The phrase "understated elegance" comes to mind. Reasonably priced as well. This will make someone a great car.
  9. Although not Charlie Chaplin's Locomobile, here is the Locomobile 48 used in the movie Chaplin and driven by Robert Downey who played Chaplin. I remember seeing this car in the Bothwell collection when I was a kid. By the way, the movie Chaplan is worth seeing. Well done and lots of great cars-many of which came from the Bothwell collection and other prominent SoCal collectors.
  10. Bill Calimer does indeed do a great job on wood wheels. I have used him several times and cannot say enough good things about his workmanship. Another possible source is Stutzman's in Ohio. Although I have not used them, I have seen their work and it looks top notch. DB wheels are a bit bigger and heavier than those on a Model T, so you should expect to pay a bit more. Like Terry says, good, solid wheels are extremely important-especially if you are going to seriously use your car. I have been on many tours where 100 year old wood wheels have collapsed causing damage to the car and injury to its occupants.
  11. Thanks for posting the photos. Now I really feel bad that I could not attend this year!!! Bakersfield is a really special event. You just don't see stuff like that anywhere else.
  12. Thanks for the nice comments.
  13. I certainly hope they find the thief and the car is returned to the owners unharmed. I find this theft puzzling. Typically, when cars like this get stolen, they are inside an enclosed trailer and the thief is after the enclosed trailer and/or the towing rig. How would a thief sell a car like this? Without a title, you can't send it overseas. Even if you disassemble it, authorities are going to do some internet searching and find all of the posts that relate to the theft. Shipping anything overseas now days requires a good bit of paperwork and it gets a lot of scrutiny. It's not a Camaro or Mustang, so it really doesn't have any value if you part it out. There is not a huge "black market" for 1915 Oakland parts. How many people are looking for 1915 Oakland parts and those who are belong to same circles where this theft is being broadcast. There are only a few places you can advertise a car like this for sale, and, it is different enough that it's origins will be easily noticed. I am also curious how the thief knew it was in a particular storage unit? I would assume that a thief who randomly breaks into a storage units is looking for electronics, tools, modern car parts, and anything else that could be sold or scrapped within a few hours or less. Also, how did they get the car away from the facility? They either loaded it in an enclosed trailer or they started it and drove it away. How many thieves have a truck and trailer or know how to start and drive a 1915 Oakland???!!!!! I have a feeling there might be more to this story than we know. Again, I hope the car is returned safely.