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    Help i.d. This car

    Chris, I stand corrected, although it shares similarities to a Locomobile, it is indeed a Peerless. Well done!
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    Help i.d. This car

    Looks like a Locomobile (Model 38, or 48) to me... The fender line looks early (1909-1912), but the headlight and cowl lights are electric... Most likely converted from carbide.
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    Welcome Mercer Automobile Enthusiasts!

    Looking for rings and pistons for the Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1921 Series 5 Sporting Model Mercer. (Pictured above in my August 30, 2016 posting) Any leads would be most appreciated. You can contact me via my museum email... Curator@sealcoveautomuseum.org
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    10 years working with Gus Reuter 1970-79

    Chuck... Any recollections of doing a Rauch & Lang electric. As you may remember, we have a R&L that came from Dr. Scher who may have gotten it from Melton. (Photo shows it when Melton owned it)
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    10 years working with Gus Reuter 1970-79

    Chuck... Any recollections of doing a Rauch & Lang electric. As you may remember, we have a R&L that came from Dr. Scher who may have gotten it from Melton. (Photo shows it when Melton owned it)
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    Crane-Simplex

    Thought you would be interested in seeing the Seal Cove Auto Museum's Crane-Simplex #2308 with coachwork by C.P. Kimball. Thanks to Bill Bell, the Internet and the CCCA Forum, I have been able to trace the car back to its original owner, Evaline Kimball Salisbury. From Mrs. Salisbury, the car went to Gordon Snook for his wife, Pauline where it became a fixture at car shows and events around the Upper Hudson Valley. After Mrs. Snook's passing the car went to Richard C. Paine Jr., and remains in the Seal Cove Auto Museum that he founded. The car is in amazing unrestored, original, condition... You can still see the initials E. K. S. on the back doors for its original owner, Evaline Kimball Salisbury.
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    10 years working with Gus Reuter 1970-79

    Chuck, We have Dr. Scher's, Reuter's restored, 1905 Pierce Great Arrow and james Melton's 1912 Peugeot Skiff, that was restored for Dr. Scher by Reuter's, here at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Come and pay us a visit; we may well have other Reuter's restored cars that you might recognize.
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    Welcome Mercer Automobile Enthusiasts!

    Saw some old posts here about Richard Paine and the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Just wanted to say that today the museum is thriving and still has an amazing collection of rare automobiles. Of interest to Mercer enthuiasts are the 1921 Mercer Sporting, that was once owned by Roger Cutting and written about in his 1969 book, "Motor-Mania," and Finlay Roberton Porter's masterpiece, our fabulous, sole surviving, 1915 F.R.P. We would love to host a Mercer owners' meeting at the museum at any time during our May to October season.
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    Oldest real car museum

    You can see these cars at the Seal Cove Auto Museum... 1911 American Underslung - Ex Briggs Cunningham Museum - Ex Collier Museum (Cunningham bought the car from Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson, wife of Larz Anderson)1913 Peugeot 'Skiff' - Ex James Melton's Melton Museum, Norwalk CT, and Jame Melton's AUTORAMA, Hypoluxo, FL.1904 Knox - Ex Henry Austin Clark Jr., Long Island Automotive Museum (Was registered in his wife's name and is the Knox featured in LIAM post cards and prints)1912 Thomas Flyer - Ex Henry Austin Clark Jr., Long Island Automotive Museum (Featured in LIAM post cards)1909 Stevens Duryea - Ex Bellum Car & Music of Yesterday Museum, Sarasota, FL (Featured on Bellum post card)1901 De Dion Motorette - Ex Murcio’s Auto Museum, Greenwood Lake, N.Y.1915 F.R.P. - Ex Harrah's Automobile Collection - Ex Collier Museum (Harrah's "most wanted" car)1907 Holsman - Ex Thompson Products Auto Album - The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum (Today the Western Reserve Historical Society)I'm sure more will be uncovered as we continue to research the provenance of our amazing collection.
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    Oldest real car museum

    Here is the De Dion as seen in the February 1953 issue of POPULAR MECHANICS. https://books.google.com/books?id=x9wDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA292&lpg=PA292&dq=garganigo%2Bmuseum%2Bautomobile&source=bl&ots=A9VZqQ-mwr&sig=RMiTmXSI73JWzwVKFUmqSjncNZs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zjekVIjhJYylgwTzvoCIBQ&ved=0CFAQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=garganigo%2Bmuseum%2Bautomobile&f=false The De Dion Motorette at the Seal Cove Auto Museum came out of the Murchio Antique Auto Museum in Greenwood Lake, NY, that opened in 1945... There is a very good possibility that Joe Murchio bought the car from Garganito in 1961. The Model K Ford at the Fountainhead Museum is listed by them as having been owned by Garganito. Cheers, Roberto
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    Pollock Auto Showcase Pottstown Pa.

    The Seal Cove Auto Museum just acquired a 1904 Searchmont that was once owned by Bill Pollock and shown by him at a car show in May of 1966 at the sixth annual Historic Car Club of Pennsylvania Spring Meet.
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    Cameron Peck sale

    The ex- Cameron Peck automobiles that the State Museum of PA sold at the Christie's auction in 1996 were: 1905/06 DE DION BOUTON - Very little is known about this large and attractive early phaeton. It was donated to the Pennsylvania State Museum by Atwater Kent Jr., who purchased it at the dispersal sale of the D. Cameron Peck collection in 1952. 1909 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST - Following Mrs. Cawthra's death in 1919, 1120 remained virtually untouched in the family possession until it was purchased by noted collector Cameron Peck. Mr. A. Atwater Kent Jr., son of the electronics industrialist, purchased 1120 in 1952 at the famous auction of the dispersal of the Peck Collection. In 1956, 1120 was donated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for display in the state museum. 1910 STEVENS-DURYEA MODEL Y 54HP- This Model Y was donated to the Commonwealth by the Atwater Kent Foundation by Atwater Kent Jr., who acquired it at the dispersal sale of D. Cameron Peck in Chicago in 1952. It has been on display in the museum since 1956 and appears in good original condition.
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    Bill Harrah Collection ====TODAY

    Ivan, I would be most interested to know what color the F.R.P. is in your 1980 photo. As far as I know, the car is the same today as it was when restored in Harrah's shop. Perhaps the photos you have seen are poor color renditions, as I admit is the case with the ones I posted in this thread. My references are the F.R.P. photos as they appear in "Automobile Quarterly," Volume 31, No. 4, Summer 1993 when owned by Charles Mallory, and photos of it when it was at the Collier Museum before it came to the Seal Cove Auto Museum... the car is the same. I'm away from my library so I can't look at "Harrah's Automobile Collection, One man's tribute to the great automobiles of the World" by Dean Batchelor, but I think that the photo of the FRP is in B&W. We preserve cars at the Seal Cove not restore them, so if the car was repainted after it left Harrah, it must have been done by Mallory in the 1990s. Director, Curatorial Affairs, Seal Cove Auto Museum.
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    Where is Raceland? Old Timers chime in.

    Just saw stunning color movies of the 1939 and 1940 VMMCA meets at Raceland. The picture quality is amazing, and actually seeing Ralph DePalma driving the Benz and Freeland O. Stanley in a 1911 steamer (in the 1939 film) is breathtaking! Even pictures of our (Seal Cove Auto Museum) 1917 Simplex Crane. Those early meets were fun; everyone dressed in period attire; driving skill tests; races; obstacle courses; even a 'teeter-totter.' An amazing bit of history hidden away here in Maine... Having it digitized and copied... stay tuned. Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1917 Simplex Crane appears in the movie...
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    1957 Anglo American Rally photos

    Bob... Look again, I belive the inserted photo is there now. Thanks for the heads up. Roberto