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  1. Otto,It's not a President that is for sure. There is only one of them and that's not it. What is the wheelbase of the car you are looking at? The tail of the tape should tell the story. If the WB is 117" its a Dictator, if WB is 125" it's a commander, if it were a President, which it's not, it would have a WB of 135." It looks right to be a commander, but a simple measurement will answer the question. It's rare for sure, I wouldn't want to put a number on the survival rate, but realistically only a small hand full have survived.You are not going to get much definitive information from this for
  2. I really hope by commenting on a previous response I'm not hijacking this thread, I guess I will be told. The Jaspanes emergence initially may have been the gas situation of the 70's, but it's not all of the answer. First was my experience with my wife's 1974 Toyota Corolla. When I first started dating her the car was new with about 10K miles on it. I looked at it as a disposable joke. The first time I got under it to change the oil I took my grease gun, but everything was prelubed and sealed. She didn't like my 1967 Camaro and told me so, and I opened up on her about here little piece of Japa
  3. Critical change in the amount of physical activity that everyone gets. Kids used to walk to school, for multiple reasons whether a kid goes to school someone takes him/her there and picks them up. Kids used to bicycle constantly, now the only people on bikes are cyclists. Bowling was a pastime that everyone was involved in. Striking number of people don't even mow their own lawn-and their kids that another story all together. Sit-down restaurants used to be a place that people spent an enjoyable hour, or more dining, today it's all fast food. Men used to wear suits and hats, women
  4. Carl, Any update, is the car sold? I'd love to take a look at the car, but I'm afraid that it would be a waste everyone's except maybe me and Mary. Just curious is the car in Ballard?
  5. Numbers=activity=volunteers=newsletters, get togethers=more members=infinitum. If the chain is broken at any point, the club will shrivel and die, as has happened to the AACA in the Pacific NW. For thirty year I've felt that consolidation was the best solution for survival of the old car culture. We are all outliers in the world today. The negative pressures from outside the culture are often matched by pettiness and infighting, between factions within our culture. I'm too old to make a difference. I won't be around to help plot the future. It's up to you younger people to deci
  6. As for the rust, most common area is trunk floor and its “side pockets” behind rear wheel wells, lower “lip” of trunk opening and areas right below windshield and back glass. Also worth to keep in mind, like with most postwar American cars, any detectable or visible rust is usually only a fifth or less of actual rot that will have to be dealt with once that proverbial can-of-worms is opened. Our cars up here are most often just different. Rust is most often just skin deep. Most of my cars are local PNW cars. I learned long ago it just didn't make much sense to try to buy a goo
  7. IMHO it's hard to compare most model segments to the Riviera. The first and second generation were popular when they were new, attainable by few, but as they aged many of them were saved. 50+ years later they lend themselves to street rodding, as well as maintained originals and restored. Ownership is across the spectrum of age, where the younger generations are willing participants. There are plenty of 60's cars which have their own parallel interest, but the Riviera is the only personal luxury car that seems to have the same diverse following.
  8. Around here many of them just went for the Tesla Model S. Since the emergence of the X,Y and 3, I presume that they have moved in that direction.
  9. Thanks John. When was the last time you saw one? I asked myself that question, and really couldn't remember. I am drawn to survivor cars which I haven't seen in a decade or two. I suspect that this body style didn't ware well with the public, making it a pretty rare sight today.
  10. Buy it, whether it's original or not doesn't make much difference. It's unique enough and in nice enough condition that it would be a good addition to any wall, It's sure to be a conversation piece.
  11. The decline is probably true, but how much is real and how much is based on a switch to a different platform, like Facebook. In the case of the "Studebaker Driver's Club," the long standing club forum is in a battle for the soul of the people who use social media. Studebaker, because of some unique models, relative low purchase price and available parts has a strong following, but the focus is not always on restoring or maintaining as original. I suspect that most marques are having some of the same changeover, more or less, depending on their owner's interests.
  12. Speaking as an unrepentant old sentimentalist, it's an easy choice. Being old and looking at some numbers in a bank account has no allure for me. The sadist thing about Scrooge is that he waited until the end was near to figure it out. It would be easy for me, as an old man, to say what the hell does it matter, money means very little if you can't spend it. However I started turning down my chances to be wealthy thirty years ago, for the sake of what I held dear. I've never regretted my choice. I only look back as a reminder of how fortunate I have been. Bill
  13. Amazing how this thread seems to die in 2012 only to be resurrected nine years later. It's as if it has a life all of it's own. Upon reflexion i believe that with the Riviera's popularity and because so many have changed hands that it's not the thread that has it's own life it's the car. It's a whole new generation that has discovered the car. May it live forever. I like Buicks, but I'm not a Buick lover. I do, however, love the Riviera. I'm also partial to the first gen cars. As far as year, each has it's own character. I like a car because of it's condition and originality. I own
  14. HSPD! I'm enjoying the images of the green cars. It's a color that is seldom seen today, especially on more modern transportation, unless it's on a Kia Soul. Throughout history It's a color that seems to reappear, for a short time, and then disappear almost as quickly. It's almost as if once the industry mindset on color changes and it becomes dated, and the green cars are the first to go. I suspect that it's among the most polarizing of all the colors. I know it was like that for me. Not so much on my choice of collector cars, but on my choice for a daily driver, where there was enough of a c
  15. Today it was Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson and Anton Karas' Third Man Theme. Tomorrow I think it will be Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the Wailers. A few days ago it was it was Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr. and the Cadillacs. I've been thinking about a day with John Klemmer, Brubeck and maybe the Kingsmen. I guess Buddy Holly's music did really dye along with him.
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