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StillOutThere

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  1. For the Spohn Palos, the cabrio top fully disappears and there they made a steel "hard boot" cover.
  2. A shift handle for the auto trans being located on the dash is an exclusive identifier of a 1955 Mopar (any line). The 331 Hemi was in the '55 Chrysler and Imperial. The 354 came out with the '56 cars.
  3. Is the company owned by YOU, "vintage1" ? You are recommending VPS across numerous forums of AACA. WASTING OUR TIME. Nothing like this on the VPS site which is all universal hobby stuff. Giving the company a bad reputation with going about this in this way IMHO.
  4. That is new to me. I think the Tucker enthusiasts might have pursued that to the end of the world by now. Will admit I never thought to look for a Spohn bodied Tucker!
  5. Meanwhile in Spohn's quest to survive postwar, they received a contract to build the first Guillore-bodied Bugatti Type 101 prototype.
  6. A couple of the Spohn Customs that do not get into stories about Spohn are these. First a '47 Oldsmobile. You'll agree it looks like a Packard. Then a '51 Chevrolet. Owner chose the Ford X-100 concept grille. And an American style "radical custom" '50 Oldsmobile that has been both chopped and sectioned.
  7. FYI, Spohn had built more than half of the Veritas car bodies on production chassis. These were not "Spohn Customs". These were the catalog offerings. Examples.
  8. Regards the Buick concept grille on the Chrysler, my supposition would be the car's owner thought it would take the design of the car into the future. Any custom car is the owner's dream. We can criticize but ALL design is subjective. Regarding the upper grille or "hot dog grille" on the Veritas, the car may not always have been so as the attached photo shows. We don't have VINs for the two Veritas customized by Spohn nor photo dates in most cases. Could be that after completion sans upper grille, the car was found to require more cooling.
  9. https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/search/home/page/211/subcollection/98 Are you aware of the photos here?
  10. I don't know which of the dozens of grilles you are calling "the hot dog grille". Which car?
  11. Honestly, I backed my 1956 Imperial limousine squarely into a small tree. Crushed the rear bumper "bar inner tie" as the part book calls PN #1611732. Part fits models C69 and C70. Would much prefer a NOS or good used one to replate than to try and take the folds and wrinkles all out of this one. Referrals to existence of a parts car somewhere appreciated. Thanks.
  12. I regularly have to remind commenters that Spohn DID NOT style these custom cars. The customer made the styling choice and most of them were USAF pilots reading US custom car books. Spohn did have a "box of toys" which was photos and drawings of other cars including US concept cars like the GM LeSabre concept from Harley Earl. Multiple pilots came to Spohn and chose those LeSabre fins that were so very much like their Sabre jets! Yes, their choices were often incongruous. Keep in mind Spohn Carosserie was the primary coachbuilder for Maybach, completing a significant majority of their great German Classics. Spohn was said to have the finest finishes on their cars in the pre-WWII market. With WWII, most of the world's coachbuilders closed their doors partly because of economics and partly because car bodies were no longer being wood framed. Maybach closed with the war. After the war Spohn's managing family the Eiwangers, hoped to make the business profitable once again through individual contracts with Mercedes, Veritas, Volkswagen and others but there was no volume. US style customs for reconstruction US forces in Germany were thought to be one possibility. We think some two dozen Spohn Customs on US chassis were built. Yes, the Spohn Palos will be on the concours scene when finished. Look for it probably in 2021. Photo. What would you like us to do, Lieutenant? Herr Eiwanger talks to a '52 Lincoln owner about customizing his car. That car is one of 5 Spohn Customs extant.
  13. Yes, exactly, a body shop owner on the south side of Chicago was the second for the car. He did some customs and made a custom grille for the Spohn Palos and added the uppermost tail lights and also the Chicago sourced (Unity) spotlights. He also painted the car a near-pink for promotion out on the curb in front of his business. That all had to go away!
  14. The '50 Chrysler Spohn Custom was originally named "Le Centaur". Remembering that "good design is subjective" and that the owner of the car, not Spohn, made the design choices, we have to assume the owner was happy with the product. Yes, Dave, there has been no sighting of the car since your photos all those years ago. Attaching one of when the car was probably newly completed.
  15. Photo attached is Dale with the '49 Veritas (BMW chassis) which is kept in "as found" condition. It was purchased at the Hartung collection auction. Several Spohn Customs have the GM LeSabre concept tail as part of their designs. Overall, each car was built to the owner's design choices. Two Veritas were rebodied as customs by Spohn after they were crashed while in competition events. A second photo shows the car shortly after arrival in the US. Yes, it had a zebra hide interior and a few remnants remain in the car today.
  16. Just an update. The '52 Spohn Palos is well along in restoration. Currently fitting the cabrio top frame. This is the original factory color. Car is at Manns Restoration, Festus, MO.
  17. There was a company called Skyline that made Henry J convertibles. My understanding, as I recall, was that they sold through dealers.
  18. Think I read recently that the AMP (American Plastics) prototype was sold.
  19. Seller does not know history of this garage find. Looks too coachbuilt for a custom and yet...? Anyone with "hard facts" on the history of this car?
  20. Not everyone with old car needs sits on their keyboard EVERY DAY. PATIENCE: its posted. Give people time to see it.
  21. The whole US industry was changing to 16" over '33-34 as a general rule (there are some exceptions). It depended on what model of the car was purchased or what the buyer specifically requested. My '35 Dodge 16" wheel attached.
  22. Just recently had my memory refreshed with an old hobby error. As noted in diagram above, #1158 bulbs are required. I had tail lamp issues. Found that someone previous had jammed #1157 bulbs into the sockets getting marginal contact and ground. 1158s have parallel pins on the bulb. 1157s are staggered pins. Just a thought.
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