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  1. Nice looking car, Herb! I had a 1984, which is the same body style. I have seen one or two of these at Hershey's show, so they definitely are coming into the collectible field now. All the best to you with your sale.
  2. I did a quick internet search, and found that, now that the magazine is defunct with their post-dated "May" 2017 issue, they put the entire 12 years' content on the internet, as an archive: Here, for convenience, are some more quotes from their farewell editorial that they posted. (The link below gives it in its entirety.) "We had a good run, and now it's over. With this issue, number 141, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car ceases publication. Why? It's not for lack of readership. Since the day we launched HS&EC nearly 12 years ago, starting with a readership of zero, the magazine's circulation has done nothing but rise. We've grown to more than 55,000 enthusiastic subscribers, with a renewal rate that's the envy of the industry. For that, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The reason we have to do this, I'm told, is financial. Fear not--Hemmings Motor News, the company, is financially strong, and turns a healthy profit. But the business case for this magazine no longer makes sense. That's the bad news. For the rest of this column, I'd like to focus on what's good. Our goal from the beginning was to create the kind of magazine that we'd all like to read, one that draws from our shared passion for the world's most interesting cars, and I believe we succeeded.... While we concentrated on British, German and Italian marques that make up the bulk of our hobby, we also put out the welcome mat for admirers of microcars, French cars, Czech cars, prewar cars, Swedish cars, two-strokes and more. We recognized the rising interest in Japanese cars, and made a commitment to including them in the magazine on a regular basis. Our features generally ran the gamut from the Fifties to the Eighties.... This approach brought us an audience that was young--58 percent of you are between the ages of 39 and 64--and well educated, and that had the highest median income of all of our titles.... We planned this magazine long before we knew it would be our last..."
  3. Did they say where the current subscribers will go? Often, discontinued magazines transfer subscribers to another magazine so that they don't have to refund money.
  4. Richard Lentinello, of the Hemmings family of magazines, spoke at our AACA Annual Meeting at least once, and I think twice. That was a few years ago, and he mentioned that Hemmings Sport and Exotic Car magazine had the lowest circulation. I got it for a couple of years, but since that type of car is not my main interest, I let my subscription lapse. They often dealt with more "modern" cars, such as 1970's to 1990's, more than their other magazines did: After all, foreign cars didn't appear much in the U. S. until the late 1950's, and so there aren't many people to write about 1910 Fiats and 1932 Horches. There's no need to worry, as far as my limited knowledge goes, that their other titles are endangered. I hope not.
  5. The same item in two threads. That shows that clever minds sometimes think alike.
  6. Here is a 1960 LeSabre 2-door hardtop, listed by Gateway Classic Cars in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dealers tend to ask higher prices than ordinary sellers. He's asking $20,000 according to the ad (actually $19,995), but the car appears to be a good one:
  7. I hope you find what you're seeking, Lonnie. Those 2-door hardtops are good looking cars! Are you overseas? Are any parts of the U. S. too far away for you?
  8. I know what you're saying, Paul, and I agree up to a point. But he's a steward of an historical car, and with every right comes responsibility too. For example: ---An owner of a grand Victorian house could let it go to ruin, but his community would appreciate his preserving it. It was in the community before him, and it should be there after him. ---The buyer of a 17th century painting could throw it away because he wants to keep only the frame. But if something has lasted 400 years, who is to say that he has the right to destroy it? ---A armed band might occupy a land and destroy old historic temples. But, as the temples are centuries old, shouldn't they be preserved to tell history to future generations? Cars are history too! May everyone see them as more than just masses of sheet metal, rubber, and chrome.
  9. "Classic car insurance giant Hagerty predicts that 2017 will be the year in which the millennial market will surpass the baby-boomer market.... Check your bank balances and warm up your MasterCard: we’re about to take a look at what we think are the next big bets in the collector car industry." I never put any credence in articles that claim to predict future popularity or future values. An automotive journalist may be able to see what is popular now, or what has been popular, but it's not realistic to think he can see the future. The journalist probably had an assignment to come up with an article by the end of the day. And not knowing much about classic cars--and writing for readers who know just as little--he decided to let his guesses fly. Fun to write, but of little use to read! It's interesting to go back several years and see how well previous predictions fared, on any subject. They're often so wrong that the predictions are almost humorous!
  10. Wooly, does that figure of 3100 cars include both authentic cars and modified? If so, what percentage would you estimate of each? That does sound like a huge show.
  11. Let us know how you make out, Mr. Oakhurst. Not only will we root for your success with the Studebaker, but providing more details on your findings will help out the next guy with a similar need.
  12. Did the salvage yard in posting #5 have what you needed?
  13. When you first hear about big collections sold at local auctions, you think of faded cars sitting outside--but not this one! The cars look like they are all in excellent condition, though they may not have been driven enough. For reference, here's part of the description: "This is an absolute unreserved auction…Every item positively sells to the highest bidder! No onsite buyers premium!" "Brief collector car highlights includes… RARE ‘29 Stutz Black Hawk Sport Roadster, ‘38 Packard Type A Model 1119 Roadster, ‘40 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Convertible, ‘41 Cadillac Sedanette 2 door Fastback, ‘32 Ford Roadster, “Several” Tri Five Chevys including Nomad, Sedan Delivery and Concours Restored ‘56 2 Door Hardtop, ‘36 Ford Cabriolet Convertible, ‘36 Ford Phaeton Convertible, ‘69 Dodge Dart “Swinger” Car Craft Magazine Give Away Car, “Several” Late 50’s and Early 60’s Impala Convertibles (Restored and Survivors including Tri Power and 4 Speed), ‘50 Cadillac 2 Door Convertible Deville Beautifully Restored and Triple Black, Approximately 2 dozen other Cadillacs including ’59 Coupe Deville, ’56 “Real Pink” Coupe Deville, etc., Tremendous Selection of Vintage Pickups and Carryalls including Chevy, Ford, Willys, REO and others, “Several” Chevrolet and RARE GMC Cameo Pickups, “Several” ‘59 El Caminos, Other El Caminos including True ‘69 SS 396, Great Selection of Mid 60’s Galaxies and T-Birds, “Dozens” of Early Snub Nose, C.O.E.’s and Firetrucks including Mack, Selection of Motorcycles including ‘59 Harley with Side Car, ‘08 Harley Trike, ‘65 Harley Special Purpose Trike, Show Quality Restored and Survivor Cushmans, BSA and others. As stated above, this is just a sample of what to expect. There will be 100+ convertibles, fantastic custom built and award winning restored vehicles, along with amazing “Survivor” cars. (200 vehicles stored under roof and on solid surface.)"
  14. We all like to look at cars, but I prefer to look at them protected in the garage. You'd think that eventually, he would notice the degradation, the fading paint, the rust spots, and recognize, "I'd better put this one away. It was really nice when I got it."
  15. My first car was an old but well-kept 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan. My father had it repainted, and the minor rust was repaired, before it was handed down to me in the 1980's. Interested in cars, I took excellent care of it, washing and waxing it regularly. It was one of the nicest looking 10-year-old cars on the road. After all, it was my first car. When it came time to get another car, the Cutlass still looked and ran great. A buyer came from a couple of counties away. He paid me for it, we talked, and it was time for him to leave. He opened a stick of gum, reached through the window, and dropped the wrapper on the car's clean, vacuumed, carpeted floor. Right then I could tell he wouldn't be keeping the car pristine. I wonder whatever happened to my Cutlass--