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  1. Honda introduced the model in 82 with the V45 Magna adding race bike technology to the cruiser class. In 83 things got serious with the intro of the V65 Magna which held the title of "quickest" for a time. Tested by the famed "Pee Wee" Gleason the V65 managed an incredible drag strip ET of 10.84 seconds at just a touch under 125 MPH. Both variants received critical acclaim in their day. The 82 is a Model VF750C, the 83 a Model VF1100C. Both are 1st year models and get ready for this, the V45 has 1210 miles, the V65 just 1043. Those are not misprints, both are nearly brand spankin new 1 owner bikes. Both are important in the pages of motorcycle history which is a nice backup to ownership over time. They were both kept in a climate controlled office setting for the last 25+ years and didn't see freezing or excessively hot temps. I've simply washed them once removed from their "interment" and charged the batteries enough to turn them over. They will need new brake/clutch fluid and flush, flush the fuel system, give em a new battery and go out for a ride. If I do that, make them road-ready, the price will be higher. I wish to sell them as a pair for $4,850. The V65 is worth nearly that as-is. This is an exceptional find on 2 significant Honda models. I don't expect I'll have them very long. The pics are huge so download and zoom in, and others will be below as replies. I can be reached at 734-637-1421, text ok. Or, highlander809@gmail.com Or; message me here as well, I'll get an alert to my email. Thanks for looking.
  2. Aw hell, I'll pile on in too. Who likes to look at the original sales prices of this era? Who noticed how much more the sedans were? Who knows why? All the luxury and comfort was found in the sedans, especially the bigger and more exclusive versions. FIne woods, the best fabrics, vanity sets, even hat pins for the ladies were sometimes included. The roadster was basically the "cheap" car in most car lines. Notice the richness and luxury of the car's interior in this topic. The speedster and runabout bodies were lighter and made for more sporting performance, and the sedan was swift and luxurious transport for the enthusiast of the day. A 740-745 was also luxurious but not as fast. Fast forward to the collector car market. "IF THE TOP GOES DOWN THE PRICE GOES UP!!" is now the battle cry, kicking the best of the best aside. Whomever started that probably had a lot of open cars to sell, and too, maybe since they were open to more than just the breeze of a summer day the elements took them away sooner, or they scrapped sooner because at a time they were just "old cars", even the most beloved of the bunch. The cost of restoration, open vs closed, closed is more. Leather is cheaper than proper wool fabrics, save a few exotics or creative marketing. Who's priced the restoration of real wood moldings lately? I woodgrain the steel ones, but should I charge more for a single roadster dash because it's a roadster? Full disclosure to my fellow members and friends here, I know, I get it, I realize I'll never change the paradygm. Still, I imagine there's always going to be the few who understand and appreciate the period luxury of a closed car like I do. My opinion? This Speedster Sedan is a smokin deal (in today's vernacular).
  3. I understand your chip and scratch concerns, but unless you found old primers and paints to restore it the finish is incredibly more durable than those of the past. Unless you plan to rip down gravel roads at 50 MPH there's not much damage that can happen. Even after a few thousand miles the worst you'll encounter for work is a day under it with some soap and water. Putting miles on such cars is really 1/2 the juice of having them. It looks as though in your case the juice is really worth the squeeze. Cars with miles aquired are always better than the wallflower that never gets asked to "dance", if ya know what I mean. FInally, as to "out of favor", that's the fault of time and current owner's changing habits. The fun and marvel of vintage cars gets better with time ,not worse. Enthusiasm is contageous so get em out there and let's all stop with this "...nobody wants..." BS once and for all. Van Halen said it too, "Everybody Wants Some" so show em what they want y'all.
  4. Some interesting and maybe not so nice about mine. In the left sail panel of the top there was an outward dent. Inside on the headliner side panel was a small hole. Well, it was a .38 caliber hole. A friend who was a cop at the time was as curious as I was. With it having some history in Colorado I just thought accidental discharge from a hunter or maybe an off duty officer of some sort. He brought over a special ultraviolet light a cpl days later so we could satisfy our mutual curiosity, lo and behold there were remnants of blood on the left of the rear seat cushion. I adjusted my thoughts to an accident, but the car was left in a Colorado garage for decades and had 22,000 original miles. That yellow glass in the picture was obviously original and I couldn't bear to remove it. So, was it a "hit"? An accident? Suicide? Who knows, but in my tenure with the car I left it all as-was. Such things are little more than interesting conversation, and I don't know how fruitful Denver was for typical gangster activity. Then again I prefer to consider most Packard models not in the radar of those types back then. Some dealers would discourage underworld types from buying from them as well. What do you guys n gals think? Somewhere in the massive picture collection I have some close ups, finding them would be the challenge.
  5. Nope. I had one, and this may have been it, rear spare and all. Last I heard it was in NY state. I sold it in the early/mid 90s for $28,000 in ORIGINAL CONDITION. Personally I'd have never touched it more than I had but the next lover went for it and bless their heart. Value? Roll up the average shop rates nationwide and you'll land somehwere near $80/hr. Some are $135/hr, some are in the 50s. You can't just add $$$$$ spent + the car's value when it was started. There's value within the will and dedication of getting it done. For hanging the dough out there and making sure the car remains in play. What's that worth? An unwanted rectal exam? More than the sum total? A cup of coffee? None of the above? I have my own perspectives on this schtick we call a hobby/investment/passion et al. A guy buys an Aston Martin 8-9 years ago, drives it like a collector car, and today it's worth 1/2 of the purchase price if he's lucky. Same goes for a late model Bentley cpe or conv. Other than a few excessive pinky raisers there's no real venue to enjoy such cars beyond flashy transportation. Spend that same dollar figure on something significant. Not your cousin's 6cyl Mustang coupe, try it on a Boss 429, a Packard "senior" model, a big brass car, maybe even some select early Ford V8s. The very worst case scenario is you'll earn the rate of inflation over time on some, on others you'll own em as long as you wish and get it all back when you're done. You owned it, made new friends, learned some additional auto history, maybe had your choice "peer reviewed" by winning the occasional show. Go do it with a new Bentley. Nope. Anyone ever see a concours for stock certificates? Can you drive a Beanie Baby? At the end of the day you get what you really like, the best you can afford, and treat it like the treasure it should be to you and those with similar interests and you can't go wrong. Leave the dollars and cents to the speculators who sometimes buy too late and sell too soon anyway. And don't scoff at the ones doing a full restoration. Some new cars can't even be purchased for that and sure to cost you up the ying-yang when it wears out. Thanks Matt, and thanks for those who read this far. Perspective kids, and don't forget to enjoy this gig... This was when I had one. How I got it: What I did to it: It was fun...
  6. You go girl, er rather, supercargirl. The car will sell itself and doesn't need anyone's input. It's a tough time because stocks are rockin it hardcore rt now. "Middle ground" cars like this sit and wait for folks to make their money before they dip their toes into old cars again. My opinion? No, and anyone can do some historical checks on their own to prove it all out. It's a great car and will likely find someone who will love it proper. The price is secondary, the market will speak, buyer and seller will eventually be happy. Best of luck.
  7. Just to throw it out there, I have some info somewhere that says those 320 blocks were more like cast steel and best to cut new seats vs hardened inserts. I'll try to find it (again) and share.
  8. You don't want to jack or pull on the door. Can we assume you did the obvious and checked all the screws, on both the door and cowl, and were they all tight? I've run into more loose fasteners over the past 8-10 years than I have in the decades prior, and always on "restored" or other recent projects. The door frame shown to you by Restorer 32 is a great "tell" for you. The screws are usually going into wood nuts, or simply threaded metal inserts that use a pass thru machine thread screw. Someone may have thought a hardy wood screw was sufficient. With the windows and related hardware that's some notable weight there. The other thing missed by some is that often the final fit of the door gaps requires a sequence of tightening on the cowl bolts. For example, if the body/cowl bolts by the door are loosened a little, then tighten the forward cowl bolts, it raises the door and aligns the rearward gap. Make sense? A little movement there is a lot at the top rear gap. Then there's dove tails and receivers that come into play too, but not 100% keen as to what was used in the 900s. Good luck, but don't jack the door up for alignment. You might get rewarded with buckled sheet metal. More pictures of the problem and fasteners would help.
  9. So I take it you mean the "jugs", the cylinder block. Yes, it's the same. All the 38 stuff should bolt right on and with my right hand only raised a little, not sure there's any way one could tell the difference, unless you get really weird and try to find casting dates. Good luck. This also assumes we mean the Super 8 which was the 320 as found in the 8s thru 36. In 37 They dropped the 385 and went to the 320, but the series was called "Super 8" in the senior series cars.
  10. Here's a link to the same ad in the 'cars for sale' section of this forum: It shows more pictures and details, has pictures of the week it went to Hershey. Since this all started there's a new generator in the mix as well. A N.O.S. armature, new brushes, sealed bearing and proper bushing. It charges a max of 7.8V, the regulator works as it should which protects the battery from overcharging. This is the right car. Never a rust hole, serviced, fun, O/D, as close to the perfect tour car you can find at a bargain price. And yes, with exception of the right front fender and right door it's original paint. The color match is so close you can hardly tell, I can't say when it was done but had to be a long time ago. I'll listen to sincere and reasonable offers. Happy New Year.
  11. A very nice Model 2103 Super Clipper, body style 2172 on the 127" WB. New proper wool interior and new carpet. I dare you to find a rust hole. Seriously, it's as solid as it gets showing some original paint and some areas that have been sprayed over the years. This is an ex-Harrah's collection car and comes with a certificate to that effect. Clear MI title, 5 new Silvertown radials, new rear shocks, front shocks serviced, all new brakes to include lines, wheel cylinders and all new shoes. Has O/D, heater, radio (not working completely, turns on/off), new battery, new fuel lines and filter, fresh carb rebuild with ethanol resistant components. Chrome is stunning with a fresh replate on the bumpers and the rest in near perfect original condition. The 2103 is recognized by the CCCA to be a classic and what a CARavan car this would be. It could use some minor love here and there but it's off and running right now. Can be seen at Hershey in spaces OBC 23-24. Accepting realistic offers, asking $24,500. If you see it you'll love it, no apologies, runs, shifts, stops and steers just as it should, starts hot or cold every time. I can be reached here by PM, or email to: highlander809@gmail.com or an old-fashioned ph call: 734 637 1421, text msg is ok too.
  12. 1932 901 or larger. A 900 had the light on the fender. It may be coupe or roadster but I really can't tell due to the picture angles.
  13. This was pulled from a 47 conv. You know you want an OHV engine in yours, right? Go ahead, I won't tell.
  14. This is a 49 331 pulled from great running car then stored indoors and heated for quite a while. Not stuck, (turns over really easy) has starter, distributor, a new fuel pump (from back then), water pump, manifolds, dent-free script valve covers. A compression test showed 95-100 on 6 of the cyls, nos. 1 and 8 showed 80 and 85 which proved to be stuck valves. A complete Hydramatic is still attached. I'm asking $700. I'll check anything you'd like, just ask. I can be reached here by PM or: highlander809@gmail.com 734 637 1421, text ok or leave a voicemail plz Pics are huge, click for additional clarity and detail:
  15. Did you ever sell the head or manifold? I may have a friend that has interest in both or perhaps just the manifold. It would go on a 41 160 Bus Cpe. Yes, a real one, not a club missing the back seat
  16. You tell em Dave! I've never met a 34 8 I didn't like. Less the haughty air of a 12 it might be the best Packard model ever. Did you find a jack? Just curious...
  17. I have a Super Clipper. I couldn't imagine the car with full "bird" out front, can barely stand the modified "Godess of Speed" but it's more svelte than the pelican. I prefer the simplicity of the standard, but then again if we all had the same taste the world would be fairly boring, yes? The only thing I'd add to mine is a pair of skirts. Well, that and a new name on the title (for sale)... And one with the Goddess of Speed from a google image search;
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