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  1. Those choices by Mercedes-Benz are the worst color palette I've ever seen. I wonder whether the designers have gone color-blind, seeing only shades of black and white. I wish I could have been a car buyer in the 1950's.
  2. Colors go in and out of fashion, so I'd say that "shell beige" epitomizes the 1950's. How much more colorful cars were, compared to today's light gray, medium gray, dark gray, black and white! The 1957 Buick large sales catalogue even illustrated one model in shell beige and white 2-tone. So Bruce, enjoy the 1950's cars in all their color, and don't let today's tastes dissuade you from buying.
  3. Actually, printing an electronic newsletter on home-printer paper will, I think, conceal some of the good qualities that some AACA newsletters have. It may not affect the scoring, except maybe subtly, inadvertently in the category of photo quality. Some newsletters are on thick high-quality glossy paper and deserve to be seen and appreciated in vibrant color and in all their glory.
  4. And the phone number in the ad is 608-271-0133 in case someone's tempted to add a car to his garage. The ad heading says Oregon, but it's posted on the Craig's List from Madison, Wisconsin. (The seller should have made the car's location clearer.)
  5. I did it that way too, checking off or circling various articles on the newsletter page as I went through the NAAP scoresheet. Someone in the national office (Patty B.?) told me that there are only about a dozen editors submitting paper copies, at least as of a couple of weeks ago. The rest are choosing e-mail. Let's hope your printer is robust!
  6. I don't know whether anyone has tracked the production numbers of various colors for 1957 Buicks. There must have been 100 or more possible combinations, so most every combination had a fairly small production, and nothing would stand out as "rare." If anyone knows more about color production quantities, please let us know.
  7. The letter "P" for 1957 Buicks refers to "Shell Beige," a pale pinkish-orange coral color. Was there just one letter for color on the car's data plate? That would refer to a single, solid color for the exterior. However, my Buick reference material (from the factory, as revised June 10, 1957), says the paint would be indicated by 2 or 3 letters on the order form, so a solid shell-beige car would be ordered as PP or PPP. I think this same 2- or 3-letter code would appear on the data plate under the hood. From what I understand, all 1957 Buicks initially had their 2-tone paints separated by the bodyside sweepspear molding. There were no 2-tones initially that had the color separation at the roof. Then, mid-way in the model year, the Supers and Roadmasters ONLY began offering the 2-tones separated at the roof only, if you chose. I'm quite sure there were not any 3-tone cars that year. For example: Two different letters, such as NP, would signify a 2-tone separated at the bodyside molding. That means a garnet red roof and upper bodyside, and a shell beige lower bodyside. ("N" = Garnet Red.) A triple letter, offered later in the year, such as NPP, would signify a garnet red roof, and shell beige above the bodyside molding, and shell beige below the bodyside molding.
  8. Well, the name will change if the museum complies with the AACA's legal letter. So the change will come one way or another, it appears.
  9. How are members of the Publications Committee going to process and score all the electronic newsletters they get? Stare at a screen, and mark them up on a screen? Or print out hundreds of pages every month? In the past, electronic versions were specifically eschewed to save the scorers the difficulty of the steps above. I've always found it much easier to mark things up on paper.
  10. And, for discussion, what does everyone think our (former) museum's new name should be? None of us may be part of the museum or its management, but our ideas will be as good as anyone's.
  11. When the separation between the club and its museum first took place, people were discussing whether the name "A.A.C.A." should be on the museum. Now--I see from letters dated April 21 being sent to regions-- the club is forcing the museum to delete "AACA" and "Antique Automobile Club of America" from its name and publicity. The AACA's lawyer has written to the museum for just such a purpose. Your regions' officers should be getting the letters if they haven't already.
  12. Whenever you have a suggestion or complaint, don't start at the bottom with a clerk, hoping the message will somehow work its way up. Instead, write a polite and compelling letter to the President. That way, it will get far more notice. In a large company, the President or C. E. O. may never see it himself, but any directives within the company will come down from his office, carrying far more weight. And if your reasons are convincing, the changes they make to their hardware will help every restorer that comes after you.
  13. Just as there are millions of car owners, there are millions of backgrounds, experiences, and attitudes. You're right: He may think the car will sell immediately, not knowing the market. Maybe he doesn't want a tax record of the sale. But he may also be perfectly honest, having heard of scams and frauds and trusting nothing but cash from a buyer he doesn't know. At Hershey, I'm sure some cars are bought with nothing but cash. I'd give him the benefit of the doubt unless he demonstrates otherwise.
  14. People will want to know the car's asking price and its location as well. Welcome to the AACA forum, and all the best to you on your sale!
  15. And Bruce, let us know how you make out-- whether you decide to get it or not. When Forum friends get a new old car and tell us about it, it's almost like experiencing the enjoyment ourselves.