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  1. Hiya Chris! Interesting grille. Maybe from one of the Cadillac-Darrins that Dutch was supposed to have built from the 50 leftover Darrins he bought from the factory. None have ever surfaced according to many members of the KFOC. I assume it was in your Dad's collection - know where he got it? Post the pic on the KFOC Darrin forum at kfclub.com and see what Terry and Jack have to say. Interesting piece - may lend credence to the idea that Dutch built at least one Caddy-Darrin.

  2. Thank you Shawnk. I used to deliver parts for Schaller's and later for H.F. King. I will bet our paths have crossed somewhere. I remember a rather short guy who was the painter at Doc Smith's, I think his name was Tuttle or something like that. Please feel free to message me if you have any more info on Doc Smith's and the Minerva.

  3. Shawnk - how do you know so much about Doc Smith's? And please send me any info you can on Clayton Elmendorf's Minerva. I have been looking for details and a pic of this car for over 30 years. I was at the auction when it sold back in 1974 or so.

  4. I am pretty sure it was a conversion from a 4-door sedan. There appears to be the back end of a rear door showing as a vertical line. Also, the molded line along the roof top ends abruptly at the rear and probably would not look like that if it was originally designed as a truck cab. I remember this truck in service when I was a kid back the 1960's. I believe it was painted green. Can anyone determine from the details just what it might be and a year?

  5. Here is a tow truck that was converted years ago. It belonged to Doc Smith's Garage in Kingston NY and was auctioned off with all the other assets after owner Clayton S Elmendorf died and the business was closed back in the 1970's. If anyone has any detail on Doc Smith's I would appreciate it. One of the other cars auctioned was a big Minerva sedan but I have no other detail on it. Would love to know more about it. Meantime, please help me ID this car/truck for some fellow Kingstonians. Thanx.


  6. This was taken in front of an apartment house on West Chestnut Street in Kingston NY in 1953 or 1954. Us folks on the Kingston NY facebook page would like to completely ID it - year, make, model and, if applicable, coachbuilder. Should be pretty simple. Thanx.


  7. Thanx. I googled other pics of a 1915 Chalmers and found a similar car with a different windshield. Wish we could find a front shot for better confirmation. This seems to be an exact match though. Thanx.

  8. You probably have an early special 1954 Aero. These were left over cars that were reserialed 1953's. I have seen one that had an extra taillight bulb mounted above the regular bulb and it looks like it was hand-made. The current owner of the car is pretty sure that was the way it came from the factory. Both sides were that way and the work was identical on both. I have a hard copy photo somewhere. If I can find it, I will scan it and post here.

  9. Other than maybe the 1927 LaSalle (itself an evolution) I cannot think of any specific Earl design as influential as Mitchell's Corvair, Stingray, or Riviera. Todd C

    Aren't we forgetting the Cadillac 60 Special? Was that not a cutting-edge design from Earl? I agree that Mitchell had more specific production cars to his credit, but once again, where would he be without Earl and Art & Colour?

    Apples and oranges. Both are some of the most influential men in automotive design, ever. Which one is more important in the overall historical view? I think Earl has the slight edge on Mitchell, but Mitchell is a very close second place.

  10. If you look very carefully at the main pic in the other Stuyvesant Motors thread, you'll see "Chambers Garage" in script on the lamp glass above the garage door. Chambers is a well known name in Kingston. I am sure Chambers Elementary School was named for a family member.

    Sport Model: are any of those Packards still in the Kingston area? And, since you seem familiar with the Kingston area, do you know what happened to Chase Packard's inventory (they were on Albany Ave.) or where Clayton Elmendorf's Minerva went after his estate auction back in the 1970's? Clayton Elmendorf was the proprietor of Doc Smith's Garage, not far from where the Stuyvesant Garage once stood.

  11. Could be Italia, but the bend of the axle is different from every Itala pic I could find, similar but not the same. Also, every Itala I could find has a radiator that looked the same, but the nameplate was not a long thin rectangle like in the pic of the car in question.

  12. Here is a blow up of the third car in the photo of the Stuyvesant Garage, 223 Clinton Ave, Kingston NY. Consensus is that the photo was probably taken before 1915. Discussion of this car in the original thread suggested and negated 1909 Stoddard Dayton, then someone else suggested it to be a European car. Someone else is sure it's a Roi Des Belges body. Please check the other thread.

    This photo was posted on the "I'm from Kingston NY" page on Facebook. picture was made from a glass negative.


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