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About 1912Staver

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    Langley, B.C. Canada
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    Brass era cars, Packard trucks, Vintage racing cars, Sports cars

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  1. In Auction speak " original " means it does not have a small block Chevy engine and a Camaro clip. Greg
  2. The low $ has a multiplying effect. It not only makes Canadian cars attractive for export, but it also makes our domestic cost of living rise in relation to incomes. A great percentage of out day to day consumer items are imported and the low $ means the retail prices rises. Canadians spend more of their income just covering the basics, and there is an ever shrinking percentage of earnings left over for frills like hobby cars. This is especially true for younger would be car hobbyists . The loss of purchasing power combined with the run away housing costs many ; but particularly younger, Canadians face is crushing the car hobby for many Canadians. Greg in Canada
  3. That looks like a great deal except for the title. Possibly a bigger problem than the engine from what some of you say. An Aerostar chassis swap ! O ! the Humanity !!. Please someone save this Riley before it is reduced to scrapmetal and firewood. They have a complex coach-built body that has to be one of the most unsuitable cars out there for such a folly. Greg in Canada
  4. I brought the same thing up with my teenage son several years ago. A steady stream of $25.00 + hats and shirts added to his wardrobe and likewise that of all his friends. I have lots of commercial promotional hats and shirts as well , but they all were given to me by manufactures sales or service reps. Somehow the younger generation thinks its perfectly normal to pay for the privilege of advertising someone else's product. Yet another aspect of youth culture that makes no sense to my older brain. Greg in Canada
  5. It looks like a British aftermarket wheel. That square center cut out is a dead give away. I forget the likely maker's name but Springall or Paddy Hopkirk are a good place to start. Quite desirable for a 1960's British sports car early Mini's etc. The hubs with the matching raised square are hard to find but do turn up from time to time. Les Leston is also one to look into but they usually have a LL stamping. Definitely not a Moto Lita, one of the nicest of the era. Greg in Canada
  6. I think the internet is part of why cars like my TVR 2500 M have shot up in price over the last several years. They were sold in quite limited quantities , about 550 sold over 5 years 1972 - 77. And through a comparatively spotty dealer network. So lots of potential buyers never learned much about them. The internet has brought TVR knowledge to a much wider portion of todays British car fans. Relatively few for sale at any given time with ever increasing numbers of people becoming interested. Prices were stable for many years and then suddenly increased by about triple or more. Very few owners are interested in selling as the chance of replacing them with something similar is slim indeed. If one is for sale it is often an estate sale. I don't consider 550 produced of a particular model all that rare, but definitely that fact can influence prices if demand is steady. Greg in Canada
  7. Not really a front wheel drive guy. I am a British car guy but the original Mini was a car I really did not care for. Ground breaking perhaps but in my mind quite flawed. Making the gearbox and engine sump common to both was a mistake. They are also unusually difficult to work on. The new version has at least some of the same flaws. and isn't even that small so negating one of the virtues of the original. Sprites , Midgets, TVR's , 1960's Lotus of any model. all flawed in their own unique ways but enough good points to overlook the weak points. Something modern I would someday like would be a Subaru BRZ / Toyota FR-z. Too expensive for a daily driver if I also want a collector car or two. But one of the few recent cars I could go for. Greg in Canada
  8. Why cross a border with all the paperwork, and expense twice ? It's probably no more expensive to ship directly from Canada than a U.S. port. Depending on what the car is, getting it into the U.S. can be a convoluted process. Canada does not use titles, just registration documents. Getting a U.S. title can be an involved process depending on which state you are importing to and the age of the car. In order to then export the car from the U.S. to Australia you are going to need a title. It's not legal to export a road vehicle automobile from the U.S. without a title. Purpose built racing cars can be exported on a bill of sale as they are not and never have been eligible for a title, but almost anything else will need one. Greg in Canada, more than a few gray hairs from jumping through flaming hoops at the border.
  9. Ontario had over 2 million residents in 1907 so yes there would have easily been 260 + motorcycles. The question of licences might have more to do with where an individual lived. In Toronto or one of the other population centers I expect the motorcyclist would have no choice. There would have been more than enough police to bring unlicensed motor cycle use to a quick and probably expensive end. In the more remote areas of the province ; in terms of square miles it's a rather big area, { larger than the entire U.S. Northeast/ New England area put together } there were probably numerous areas where the long arm of the law didn't quite reach far enough. I am unaware of anywhere where buggies were licenced. Commercial horse drawn vehicles may have been a different story. Greg in Canada
  10. Wonderful shot of Vancouver in simpler times. Even though most of us would have been drudges in a sawmill or some similar menial laboring occupation I still think Vancouver has lost much as it has evolved into a crowded , hectic, , runaway cost of living place. Very cool Studebaker delivery's. Greg in Canada
  11. Both are definite rarity's in North America. I have seen a few of the early ones like the black one above . But I can't recall ever seeing one of the later Farina version here in Canada. Were the later ones ever officially imported ? Or the North American ones something that someone privately imported ? Greg in Canada
  12. Congratulations on your purchase ! That's a remarkable find. I paid about the same for my 1918 McLaughlin 6 - 45 about 20 years ago and in way worse condition. That has to be one of the best deals on a nickel era touring I have ever seen. The compressor ; if it is still there, is mounted to the right hand side of the engine and driven off a gear on the water pump drive shaft. They are often missing but usually the drive gear is still in place to indicate the car originally had one. Greg in Canada { a long ways away on the West Coast }
  13. Sorry, I didn't mean to be disrespectful. It's a licence plate so I thought it would be seen in a purely automotive context. Canadians are very aware of the horror of the 911 attacks and the lasting impact they had on the United States and the rest of the world. Greg
  14. Many things in the Porsche world leave the rest of us in wonder. Greg in Canada
  15. All the Austin's were quite popular in Canada. And Nash Metropolitan's, same powertrain as a Cambridge. Even the more expensive Westminster with the 6 cyl drivetrain also used in the Austin Healey 3000's .. One I seldom see is the big Austin Princess. A fish out of water in the North American market. Greg in Canada