Tom Laferriere

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About Tom Laferriere

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  1. Its a pretty big one, over 2,000 cars I am told.
  2. I have been looking at this car every day now and its really growing on me. The colors and styling of this car are truly fabulous. Wonder if the owner will let me take it to a cruise night, as it would steal the show.
  3. I don't usually deal in muscle cars, but when I do, they usually are the best examples. When investing in a muscle car, this one really should be considered, as it checks all the right boxes. Colors 4 speed manual transmission Convertible Extremely rare with under 400 produced Books of documentation Purity No stories
  4. Tom Laferriere

    1935 Lincoln K - Series 541 Sedan

    Its running, driving very nicely. Previous owner claims the motor was rebuilt, however I have no documents to say otherwise. It runs on all 12 and is very smooth. Brakes nicely, motor is quiet with no noises or smoke. Its missing its horns, so it will give you something to look for at Hershey. The speedometer is not working. Tires are Denman, in nice condition, but older. Hope this helps.
  5. This is the last year for the Shelby Mustang, however, unsold 1969 models were given 1970 vehicle identification numbers with 2 visuals changes; front spoiler and two black hood stripes. Now based on the new SportsRoof and convertible Mustang body styles, Shelby’s newly designed Mustang shared very little resemblance to the production Mustang. The GT350 and GT500 were still available in both fastback or convertible. The front end design on the ’69 Shelby was completely new. Both the fenders and the hood were fiberglass and created a large rectangular grille opening which carried two 7 inch headlights. Beneath the bumper, Lucas foglamps were mounted. The hood contained three forward-facing NASA scoops, the center one providing air to into the engine’s intake system. Also on the hood were two rear-facing scoops. Brake scoops can be found on the front fenders, as did the rear, all providing air to the brakes. Rear scoops can be found on convertibles mounted lower in order to prevent any interference with the convertible top mechanism. In the rear, fiberglass extensions were added to the fiberglass deck lid to create a pronounced spoiler. ’65 Thunderbird taillights were used, and a unique aluminum exhaust collector exited in the center beneath the bumper. Side stripes can be found on both models with either GT350 or GT500 lettering at the front fender in front of the brake scoop. Snake emblems can be found behind the rear side windows and also on the left side of the front grille. Also, Cobra Jet emblems, like the ones found on the ’68 GT500KR, were used on the GT500’s front fenders. The interior of the Shelby was once again the production Mustang’s Deluxe Interior Decor Group, available in either black or white, with Shelby identification on the door panels, steering wheel and passenger’s dash. The console top housed two two Stewart Warner gauges, oil and amps, along with two toggle switches for foglamps and courtesy lights. The instrument cluster contained a 8000 rpm tachometer, 140 mph speedometer and fuel gauges. All of the fastback Shelbys one again have the inertia-reel harnesses while the convertibles kept the same 1968 type roll bar. The GT350 Shelby came with the 290hp 4-V version of the production 351 Windsor. The only difference being an aluminum intake manifold as well as Cobra valve covers. The GT500 Shelby used the 428CJ-R with all variations found on the regular Mustang. As with the Mach 1, the Competition Suspension, transmission and rear axle were all options on the Shelby. The unique 15×7 inch rims had an aluminum center section welded to a chrome steel rim. Standard tires were E70x15; although most cars came with the F60x15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs. Some other standard features found were power steering, power front disc brakes, and four-speed manual transmission, all of which this car was ordered with.This is the last year for the Shelby Mustang with only 335 GT500 Convertibles produced, even rarer with a 4 Speed Manual Transmission. A High dollar, documented restoration was completed in the 1990’s. This 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible has its Marti report, along with the Shelby Invoice, matching engine/transmission with 3:50 Traction-Lok differential which is just a perfect combination for cruising and to get up and GO…and that it does quite exceptionally. This Shelby runs and drives spectacular. Powerful, quiet engine with no noises or smoke of any kind. The transmission shifts nicely up and down all the gears, brakes perfectly, and steers straight. Great oil pressure, charging appropriately, and no overheating issues or any other issues whatsoever. This Shelby is located in Smithfield, RI and the price is $149,500. Please see link for details.
  6. Tom Laferriere

    1935 Lincoln K - Series 541 Sedan

    Surprisingly, this wonderful Lincoln is still available.
  7. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster Chassis no. 121.042-10-021731 Engine no. 121.921-10-021861 Body no. 121.042-10-1000582 Throughout its nine-year production run, the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL remained immensely popular. Debuted at the 1954 New York Auto Show, it was envisioned as an alternative to the 300 SL and was successful in that it was visually similar although powered by the four-cylinder, 105-horsepower cousin of the SOHC six, the legendary power unit that helped Mercedes-Benz roar out of the wartime rubble of its factories. Legendary Mercedes-Porsche-BMW importer Max Hoffman had influence over the product of the major German manufacturers which cannot be understated. His understanding of what the buying public wanted and ability to persuade the auto manufacturers to build resulted in the BMW 507, Porsche 356 Speedster, and Mercedes Benz 300 SL and 190 SL like the one we have on offer. This beautiful example was purchased by the current owners from Dave Polny of 190 SL Services of Aberdeen, North Carolina, having previously been owned by an enthusiast couple in Darby, Montana. A copy of its original build sheet verifies its original specifications and major components including that it was supplied as a U.S. version in Red with a Black cloth top and Black leather upholstery. The build sheet also affirms that this example retains its original chassis, engine, and body, a verification that is more important than ever. In 2014, the owners who were committed to see it on the road once again commissioned a ground-up rotisserie restoration overseen by CrossRoads Restorations of Anderson, South Carolina, whose previous efforts have resulted in multiple concours and club awards, including prizes at the Meadow Brook and Forest Grove concourses, as well as AACA National First Prizes and Senior Awards. The original matching-numbers engine was fully rebuilt as was the steering, suspension, brakes, and floor-mounted manual transmission. The twin Solex carburetors were rebuilt by specialist Will Samples of S&S Imports, a new wiring harness supplied by Rhode Island Wiring, and all gauges restored by well-known experts Palo Alto Speedometer. During a restoration, the choice of livery is perhaps the most important one to be made, and the owners chose the original factory shade of DB335 Blue with a Dark Blue top and Parchment leather interior in the original pattern. The finishes of the body, engine bay, chassis, and underbody are painted in accordance with original factory spec, and every effort was made to ensure top flight quality. As a further testament, only NOS and Mercedes OEM parts were used throughout the restoration, and the finished product is extraordinarily pleasing to the eye both as a whole and upon close inspection. I had a chance to put some miles on this Mercedes and can say it runs and drives as nicely as it looks and as Mercedes intended it to. Its never been shown. Asking $129,500 (about 100K less than the restoration) and is located in Smithfield, RI. All photos and more details at the link:
  8. Tom Laferriere

    1929 Ford Model A Phaeton

    1929 Ford Model A Phaeton 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton Chassis No. A2045438 40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5 in. By 1927, Henry Ford had built more than 17 million Model Ts, the car that truly put America on wheels. The long-running model, conceived in 1908, had changed little, however, and by that time was quite antiquated in comparison to its competitors. Ford’s son Edsel, then president of the firm but basically in name only, had been trying for years to convince his father to update the T. Finally he was successful, and in June 1927 Henry Ford halted production completely. His new car, ready in October, was novel in many ways and to emphasize the fact Ford returned to the beginning of the alphabet and christened it “Model A.” The engine followed the Model T formula, an L-head inline four, and though it was a mere 14 percent larger in displacement it produced twice the brake horsepower. Replacing the two-speed planetary transmission of the T was a three-speed selective gearbox, though transverse leaf springs and torque tube drive were retained, but the car had four-wheel brakes. It rode a three-and-a-half inch longer wheelbase and weighed 700 pounds more than its predecessor. Most noticeable was the styling. Reminiscent of the Lincoln, the car that Edsel had ushered into trendy, iconic styling after his father acquired the company in 1922, the new Model A was similarly drawn under the scion’s watchful eye. While his father was practical and pragmatic, hewing to the form-follows-function school of design, Edsel was an aesthete of the highest order and knew how design could attract customers. He was proved right as the public queued up for a first look and placed orders that the factories took months to fill. The new Model A was designated a 1928 model, and a number of running changes took place in that first year. The long hiatus from Model T to Model A caused Ford to fall behind Chevrolet for both calendar years 1927 and ’28, but for 1929 Ford rebounded mightily to more than 1.5 million cars. It would be the company’s best year for some time to come. The current owner acquired this Model A Phaeton, Body Style 35-A, in southern New England in September 1986. Built early in August 1929, it was a solid, unrestored car. It was then treated to a complete restoration. The owner, a prominent Model A collector, did the chassis work himself, sending the engine to a machine shop for complete rebuilding. The body and paint work was entrusted to a quality specialist, refinished in correct Bonnie Gray with Chelsea Blue moldings. The wheels and body stripes are done in Ford’s pleasing and popular Straw hue. The seats are correct Blue-Gray Colonial Grain artificial leather with matching kick panels. The top is black canvas. This painstaking work was rewarded with AACA honors from First Junior up through the ranks, culminating in a Grand National Senior First in 1995. The car has been meticulously maintained ever since. It is smart-looking, runs well and is a delight to drive. The Phaeton body is an excellent choice for sporty family touring, and the car is ready to enter in the most prestigious of concours d’elegance and regional shows. This is one of the best Model A Phaetons in the country. If you want the best, this is it. If you want to have mediocre, the is not the car for you. You are buying the concour restoration pennies on the dollar and are getting the car for free. This is coming out of one of the most prominent Model A collections in the country. Offered at $38,500 and is located in Rhode Island. Additional pictures can be found at
  9. Tom Laferriere

    1936 Packard Eight 1401 Club Sedan

    Its still sexy and still in my garage. :-)
  10. Tom Laferriere

    1933 Packard Eight 1001 5 Passenger Sedan

    a reasonable offer will most likely get the car. :-)
  11. Tom Laferriere

    1931 Ford Model A Truck

    This is the best Model A Truck in the world. This is a no excuse, no story Model A truck correct in every way possible. If you want the best, this is it. If you want to have mediocre, the is not the Model A for you. $38,500. A lot of money you say? You are buying the concour restoration (with awards that support it) pennies on the dollar and are getting the truck for free. This is coming out of one of the most prominent Model A collections in the country. Simply the best
  12. Tom Laferriere

    1935 Lincoln K - Series 541 Sedan

    Me too! Can I raise the price? :-)
  13. Tom Laferriere

    1935 Lincoln K - Series 541 Sedan

    I know, what I am thinking? Should be $49,500 I think. :-)
  14. 1935 Lincoln K Series 541 Sedan Chassis no. K4223 Motor no. K4223 150 bhp, 414 cu. in. L-head V-12, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with full floating rear axle, and Bendix four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136 in. In 1935 Lincoln moved the coachwork on its 145-inch and 136-inch chassis forward by several inches, offering an improved ride and lower center of gravity. The Series 541 represented the shorter 136-inch wheelbase and as such was used for two-door and close-coupled four-door bodies like this lovely sedan. Only 170 examples of this two-window, five-passenger Style 543 were produced. According to a copy of its Lincoln Automobile Record supplied by The Benson Ford Research Center, this car chassis K4223 was shipped Feb 18, 1935 and was originally finished in Paris Grey. It’s history is quite interesting, having always been a well-kept Massachusetts car from new and owing to its thoughtful caretakers even retains all of its original interior. Fortunately, its story can be told thanks to an original Massachusetts vehicle registration document which identifies an E. Pardee from the affluent beach community of Harwich Port, Cape Cod. Genealogical research reveals this owner to be Edith Pardee, a lady whose father was a notable coal baron from Hazleton, Pennsylvania and also one of the founders of Lafayette College. Miss Pardee visited Hazleton often so it is likely that many miles were accrued on trips between the Cape and Eastern Pennsylvania. In 1946 Miss Pardee passed at the age of 83 and her Lincoln, barely a decade old, likely remained locally for some time thereafter. In the 1950s or 1960s it was acquired by Daniel Baird Wesson II, great-grandson of the inventor and firearms manufacturer of Smith & Wesson fame. Under Wesson’s ownership it was reportedly stored in a warehouse behind the Roosevelt Avenue S&W factory in Springfield where Wesson family members kept personal property. After leaving S&W in 1963, he founded his namesake Dan Wesson Arms in 1968. Around this time it was acquired by well-known parts purveyor Nelson B. Pease of Palmer, who collected the car from Wesson at the warehouse. Pease sold it to John Brill of Westfield. Under Brill’s ownership the car was cosmetically restored in its current shade of Ascot Maroon and it remained with his family for the ensuing five decades. Amazingly the interior remains 100% original, owing to the good care and service it received under a small number of conscientious owners. The odometer records 76,000 original miles, and the car has recently been cosmetically detailed as well as having received a basic mechanical service and inspection. Starts easily, runs great, drives nicely. The sale of this car is accompanied by copies of its delivery documentation, early registration record, biographical information on the Pardee family, as well as a photo from the 1960s showing its excellent condition at the time. Mrs. Pardee’s Lincoln represents exceptional value as a multi-cylinder CCCA Full Classic and would be a wonderful entry-level tour car. Located in Smithfield, RI and the price is $39,500 for a quick sale. Full photos here:
  15. Tom Laferriere

    63 Oldsmobile Jetfire 4 speed factory turbocharged

    This is a neat car.