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  1. Packard Ornament but What Year?

    Looks like it's something made by another company to look vaguely like Packard's "Goddess of Speed" hood ornament from the early to mid 1930s, but that it's not actually from a Packard. Here's a picture from a '33 Packard for purposes of comparison.
  2. Bought a Barn Find 1977 Cadillac Seville!

    That's great. Congrats!
  3. Discovery Channel Called Today About the 57 Skyliner

    I don't know if this site is reliable, but it claims that the Peugeot was inspired by the Airflow (rather than the other way around). https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1935-1940-peugeot-402.htm
  4. Discovery Channel Called Today About the 57 Skyliner

    Sounds promising. Based on your posts here, I'm guessing that you're an ideal guest for their show. Assuming it all works out, I look forward to seeing it!
  5. 1940 show winner collector 4 door packard car for sale

    Enough dealers do this that I assume it works for them, at least, right? If their storage costs are low, they may able to afford to keep cars sitting around just in case someone comes along and doesn't know better than to overpay. I agree it harms the hobby, though, and it's no way to develop a loyal customer base.
  6. Lincoln Roadster/Cabrolet

    Fair point, I would assume that's why. Still, if it's right that the chassis and engine numbers are for that body, $128K seems like a great deal.
  7. Lincoln Roadster/Cabrolet

    I was amazed by that, too. Beautiful open V12 car, 1st in class at Pebble <15 years ago, and goes for under $130K. https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AZ18/Arizona/lots/r175-1932-lincoln-model-kb-dual-cowl-sport-phaeton/565998
  8. Packard dash

    I've never seen anything like that. Maybe added in the 50s or 60s? BTW, Mark Clayton has a recent video up about a similar car, a '32 Packard 902 Coupe-Roadster, that looks nice and runs (sort of) but is in his shop for a complete restoration.
  9. Here I go again...Another New TV show

    Sounds like a pretty neat idea for a show, in that it combines the story of the car (and along the way teaches the audience about automotive history) with what the car might be worth. I'd watch it.
  10. I finally went to the DMV, and what I learned was sufficiently useful for others who may be moving to California that I thought I would provide the details. It turned out that titling and registering my antique cars was much easier and -- and much cheaper! -- than I had thought. Here's the scoop. I wanted regular registration, not historical car registration, as I wanted to be able to drive my cars up to the insurance limits. Given that, I was pretty worried about the annual Vehicle License Free (VLF) ad valorem taxes. But it turned out to be much less of a concern than I expected for two reasons. The first reason is that their starting point is the price of the car when you bought it, which could be a long time ago. When you title and register the car, they have you fill out a form saying what you bought the car for when you originally bought it. I brought paperwork verifying those numbers, but they didn't check: You certify that it is truthful, and that's enough. That amount is used to begin to determine the ad valorem tax (the annual tax on the car's value). I bought my cars a long time ago. And I bought then for much less than their current value given inflation, appreciation, and (in one case) a lot of expensive work on the car. But the starting point for their taxes is the initial purchase price. Second, and more importantly, the DMV assumes that all purchased cars depreciate to only 15% of their initial value over the first 11 years of your ownership. Here's the chart that the DMV uses to calculate that. This makes a huge difference in your taxes. Say you bought a classic car for $50,000. Under the chart, the first year you pay a tax of $326, about 2/3 of 1 percent of the value. But that declines over 11 years, so that by year 11 you are only paying a tax of $49 -- as if the car had depreciated to only $7,500. That means that your annual VLF ad valorem tax on an antique car is only a large cost near the beginning of your ownership. And critically, if you have owned the car outside California for a long time, the state assumes that the car has already depreciated from the initial purchase price out of state and that the car isn't worth much by the time you brought it to Calfornia. That worked well for me, as I have owned one car for 16 years and the other car for 11 years. In both cases, the DMV started with my purchase price back in 2002 and 2007 (as I honestly and correctly stated it to them); assumed that the cars were now worth only 15% of what I paid; and taxed me on the assumed greatly-depreciated value. The DMV also did the YOM registration on my Packard with no problems. The person behind the desk seemed to know what to do, and I didn't have to ask for a manager or explain the process to them.
  11. '35 Packard 12 woodgrain pattern

    AJ, if you would be willing to drop that e-mail, I'd appreciate it. The car is a driver that I don't have judged, and I just want it to be done correctly for the sake of having it be correct. Whether today's judges agree with is important to me only to the extent they're right.
  12. '35 Packard 12 woodgrain pattern

    Thanks, John! Here's a high resolution image of the entire factory photo. Click on it a few times to get it full size so you can see the details. Interestingly, there are a few details in this that I haven't seen on top-notch restorations, like the black paint in the center of the gas pedal and chrome on the steering column only down to the brace.
  13. '35 Packard 12 woodgrain pattern

    Interesting, John! Any chance they would be willing to take a picture to send on to me? I'm not sure what to tell my woodgrainer, as the factory picture's very subtle woodgrain is a little hard to make out.
  14. '35 Packard 12 woodgrain pattern

    Here's the factory picture. There seems to be a very very fine vertical grain, but you can barely see it in the picture. Not sure what to make of it. Any thoughts?
  15. '35 Packard 12 woodgrain pattern

    For those still interested in this thread, a friend who has a very original '35 Twelve sent on this picture of his horn ring. No woodgrain pattern at all. Hmm, the plot thickens. I'll have more when I get the original factory picture, which should be in a few days.