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  1. I just couldn't resist posting 2 more of the Ullman Raceabout, way up at the top of my list of favorite early hobby Mercer photos. The first shows Ullman, the second shows a later owner, before he removed the wires & electric cowl lights, and repainted the car to the color it is today. I know the wires aren't original, and I like artillery wheels, but the combination of this brand and size and color of wire wheels, on a dark-painted Raceabout, really rings my chimes.
  2. Antique cars in another troubled time - a trio of factory-built Mercer Raceabouts at the AACA club outing at Lamb's Tavern on Sep. 18, 1942. From left to right - Alec Ullman's 1912, before the wire wheels were installed; Jack Fetterolf's 1913; and Sam Baily's 1914. 77 years ago... The Raceabouts were only 28-30 years old. The following year, during gas rationing, both the Ullman and Baily cars were DRIVEN from Philadelphia to a meet at Peter Helck's home in Boston Corners, NY, over 200 miles. Baily's 13-year-old daughter rode in the outside seat over the running board, visible in this photo taken after the car was purchased by Helck. The Ullman car is in a collection in California, the Fetterolf car was on display until 2012 at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, and the Baily car is in private hands.
  3. In 1913, a Lozier Briarcliff chassis was purchased, and its Massachusetts buyer designed this unusual body and had it fabricated. A very short windshield, no doors, and the spaces alongside the single rear seat were originally occupied by custom-fitted luggage. The car was purchased by Rod Blood in the early 1940s, and by 1954, later owner Richard Shreve altered the rear seat, and softened the "pickup bed" lines in the rear of the body. The car participated in the 1954 Anglo-American Rally in this shape. In 1959, AACA member Don Harter purchased it, still in this condition. He removed the body and had a new, authentic Briarcliff body constructed, turning the car into the magnificent example it is today. But Harter did not discard the original body. At some point it passed through the hands of an east coast broker, and today its whereabouts are unknown. I'm helping the current owner in his diligent search to locate this body, and bring it back into the same stable as the chassis it originally occupied. If you've ever even caught a glimpse of this body in the last 60 years, please contact me with a private message, or with an email to KELFY at yahoo com Any recollection at all will help to fill in the path of this wandering body and guide us to its present day resting place. Kelly Williams Mount Joy, PA
  4. Still there! If you go to this page, where the '34 pic came from, https://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_Hollywood_(1920_+)_7_of_12.html there are a lot of other great cars and buildings, and a link to a Google street view of the Berman Furs building now - 9169 Sunset Blvd.
  5. The immortal Mercer Raceabout. This one was just 2 or 3 years old when this photo was taken. Then-owner Wally Holland later modified it with a tapered hood and a cowl, and presumably it's now gone. It's a 1915 California plate - as far as I can tell, the available online CA registation books skip over 1915.
  6. 2 more of this beautiful car. The collection at the Detroit Public Library is a national treasure.
  7. A couple of period photos of a one-off Jaguar XK-120, built in late '54 by Pininfarina. Question is, who had it in '58? It had already been repainted and re-bumpered. People did a lot more harm to it in the '60s and '70s, but now it's back in England and gone through a farication-intensive restoration to its original build. I'm helping the owner figure out who owned it in the '50s and '60s - any clues would be appreciated.
  8. I'm the roster keeper for Stanleys, and have a lot of photos of that car over the years. It's one of the most desirable Stanleys in existence. Sort of a muscle car, the biggest Stanley powerplant ever built, stuffed under not much more than a pair of seats. Melton loved this car, he picked it up in the early '40s and it was one of the few he still owned when he died.
  9. @coachJC, that's James Melton's 1908 Model K Stanley #4161, at his museum in Hypoluxo, Florida. I've never seen a photo of it without either a CT or an FL plate - this is pretty cool. Thanks!
  10. You're welcome Pacewagon. Best of luck with your research and I hope you reach a satisfactory conclusion.
  11. There's a fair amount of recent auction history on this object. There are some fine auction companies who are intent on making sure that their sale descriptions contain no falsehoods or suppositions. They do their own research and fact checking, especially when there are claims of famous events or famous personal associations. Other auction companies copy and paste what they get from the consigner. Aug 27-31, 2014 https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/af14/auburn-fall/lots/r8042/569980 Actual bid results for lot N840 are on page 10 of this document - https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/attachments/classic-talk/378834d1410209914-gas-monkey-64-1-2-mustang-auburn-2014.pdf Jul 29, 2018 https://www.proxibid.com/Art-Antiques-Collectibles/Collectibles/Henry-Ford-Buck-Wagon/lotInformation/43200311 Dec 18, 2019 https://www.biddergy.com/Listing/Details/141377859/Late-1800s-Buck-Wagon-Owned-by-Henry-Ford Here's the golden provenance rule - Only period documents are proof. Do not accept a modern document as proof. It may contain accurate facts, and it may serve as a guide for finding period documents. And it most definitely may not. Do not accept quoted reminiscences as proof. The most recent speaker's sources, or their sources' sources, may have been deceived, no matter how honestly and faithfully the most recent speaker reports a conversation.
  12. Maynard Leighton's Stanley #4031 in the first video at 1:31, Louis Biondi's Stanley #1163 in the second at 0:20 and 1:33 .
  13. B. John Ford was born in 1919 and died in 2001. He owned Bob Ford in Dearborn. I'll definitely have an improved understanding in the future about the reliabillity of statements made by Mr. Linn and Mr. Yagoda, as well as the statements of those who quote them without research.
  14. The Bill Shekooley car is in Michigan now, driven quite a lot. The wood-framed car that left Orcas Island was built by Don Bourdon in 1979 - a very nice car. I think Dan will have a great time with it!
  15. I'm guessing summer 1956, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This is from the June 29 paper.
  16. Hmm, maybe neither of the owners would be that interested... it's not really a photo of their car. It would be an interesting story about why they chose to make 2 Duesenbergs out of 2 Duesenbergs. Sure looks like one humdinger of a long chassis! If it got a roadster body it must be pretty impressive.
  17. Freshly-discovered photo of a Duesenberg supercharged convertible sedan. The back says "1934 Duseenberg 1934 supercharged, John Seelinger, owner, sold at time of photo for $1500." Skirted front fenders that come low over the tires, sidemounts, flat windshield, no vent windows, center door handles, unskirted rear fenders, integrated trunk - I can't find one like it in a quick internet search.
  18. Can't resist adding one of my favorite shots, that barn find Stanley after it was restored by John Ray Lyman, being driven by then-owner Zacheus Cande on the 1963 Glidden. The car was lately in the automobile collection at the Grandson Castle, in Switzerland. That museum closed very recently - has anyone heard what happened to the cars?
  19. This 1967 photo shows H. D. Thompson, left, and Bill Carmichael, center, involved with a 1923 Stanley that they owned. (A 7-passenger touring, presumably a Model 740B.) They lived in Jackson, TN, and the car was scheduled to participate in the Mid-America Old Time Auto Association meet there on June 15-18, hosted by the West Tennessee Antique Car Club. The car was said to have been found in Florida, where it had "been left by a retired gentleman from the east." The car sold out of Mrs. H D Thompson's estate in 1983. Any ideas who may have had it before & after Thompson?
  20. I see a couple of other little telltale differences, too, now that I look again. Darn... Did discover that the Rhinehart car was bought around 1967, by Vernon Unger of Winchester, VA. He advertised it for sale in 1992, still looking very much like the 1956 photo, above.
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