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  1. Selim, in case you do not intend to re-use the current seat covers I know someone interested in it - me! 😊 Regards, Hans
  2. I thought, too, that the asking price was very reasonable but it was also for me the absolute borderline for buying a car sight unseen. The seller was very good to talk to on the phone, which made it easier for me to press the ebay button. I was really surprised that there were no other bidders as these cars are so rare. Here at my end was a real resto project for sale recently for 22000 USD but in need of literally everything. - Did not know that they bought the whole property. The owner of the shop seemed to have made a fortune by selling guns online... Kentucky is really not around the corner for you. I was really very fortunate. Maybe the color was discouraging for other people. In real life it suits the car very well, on pictures not so much. You had an impressive list of Buicks, I have to say. Like the '39 convertible coupes a lot. With your experience on' 39-'41 Buicks and late 40s and 50s Buicks, is it a whole different driving experience? Thanks for your wishes. Appreciate that! Garage time now! 😊
  3. I hope so!!! Looking forward to spring already. But enough to be done until then. Electricals need to be sorted (no right rear turn signal, no back up light, no dash light....) and I need to go through the brakes. For our official car check which is very very tough, I need to add an emergency light flasher (bought a Roberk 800) and need to change your sealed beams against our headlights, easy stuff. I love the big Firestones 820-15 with the 4 1/2 inch white wall. Amazing tire, but unbelievably expensive here, ca 500 USD!!! Hope these tires are good to drive. The right rear one is a different one and much older. Needs to be replaced. πŸ˜‚
  4. It is very interesting that you know the former owner! The title I got is probably in the name of the son. And yes, there is a Buick club badge on the car. 😊 Yes, the car has been restored some time ago and the former owner collected a lot of spare trim parts, nos brake drums, exhaust components, knee shocks etc. Fortunately the car is not smelly at all after the animal take over. That's the good thing. But needs inside total replacement. Unfortunately no seat kit available at reasonable cost. The car is far away from being perfect. But it is exactly what I wanted. The really costly things like chrome bumpers, side trim, window trim are good to very good, paint is okay for a driver and for now good enough for me, engine runs very smooth and the car is mostly complete. I need to replace the right quarter window which is cracked and the vent window is delaminated. Unfortunately the right window cylinder started leaking, but the pump works. All relatively easy things. No rust issues, doors underneath like new, rockers never touched and very good. I could not do a full resto, but to freshen up and revive a gem like this and make it a reliable car again that is huge fun for me. 😊 The former owner had two other 49s, both convertibles..... 😁
  5. Love it!!!! Must have sitten there for ages. I really need to own a yellow car some time in the future!!! How can a car be put aside just a few foot from a street and stay there for years? Obviously no Buick lovers using the street.....
  6. Joop Stolze in the Netherlands has two 1937 Dictator Coupes for sale. I know not '36. But unbelievably good design I think. Stolzeclassiccars.nl
  7. Interesting! Need to check on my 53, but I am almost sure that I have the wrong part on it. Did not know until now. πŸ˜‚ - Just checked my pictures. Correct one, yeahhhh.
  8. Thank you! No, not at all. On the trailer and in my garage. Now cleaning it and checking what needs to be done. Interior is really shot. But it's mostly complete. It is interesting to compare it with my 53 Riv.
  9. Hi Scott, on my newly acquired 1949 Riviera there is a chrome part missing under the glove compartment, looks like a lever for the ventilation adjustment. Is that on your parts car and is it possibly for sale? Thanks, Hans
  10. Just realized, I have only posted my new car on Facebook but not here. Had bought this from Kentucky and picked it up on Friday in Rotterdam. Battery was dead, but with a fresh battery and a little gas in the carb it started immediately and ran smoothly. Amazing engine!!! Really happy about the car. Needs a lot of TLC, interior is mostly shot, but paint and chrome are good driver quality. Bumpers and grill are very good, window chrome, too. The chromed sweep speers are quite badly pitted, but lets see. No rust issues found so far underneath, but a little crusty. Overall a nice car to work on and improve and the engine runs so super smooth. Seats and door panels biggest issues for now. Right rear side window broken and vent window bad. Lights mostly work, besides dash lights and right rear blinker and brake light (bulb is good) and back up lights.... Lol, so maybe 50% of the lights are good. The lines of the car are just so beautiful!!!! Hans
  11. Hi there, anything still available for my 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera? Thanks for checking. Best, Hans
  12. Hi Pete, any chance to buy these sweep spears or anything that is left from you? The ones on my just acquired green 49 Riv are not totally bad, but pitted everywhere. Thanks for letting me know. I was quite surprised that these are chromed and not SS as on my 52 and 53. Best, Hans
  13. Hi Dan, just visited that website. Thanks a lot. I think it is reasonably priced there, although I have to say I love some patina on steering wheels. To me it is not only the color, but the whole style with the wonderful big horn emblem is fantastic.
  14. Nice picture! Better you educate the people I guess. It is so easy to get sued in the US!!! Maybe you should consider to offer courses for newbies in the classic car hobby for people genuinely interested but having absolutely no idea about it. 😁 Everybody started it once with no clue at all. At least me!!! 😩
  15. Wow, this 1936 looks amazing, too. Love the wheels. Is it normal that the longer you are interested in us cars, your interest shifts to older and older cars? There are a quite a few high end US cars offered by RD Classics in Emmerich /Germany. A few above 100.000 Euros. Seem to sit in their shop forever. Really nice offering. When I picked up my 49 Roadmaster yesterday in Rotterdam at this US car importer, they had around 25 cars in the warehouse and around 250 cars outside. Two large multi car trailers outside waiting to be loaded. Inside they had my 49, a mid 50s Ford, an early 50s Caddy sedan, some Mercedes convertibles of the 70s and some real super sports cars like a lambo. Outside was a rusty 40s Ford Coupe and a 70s Charger. Not much really old American iron. The big time even for the so popular Mustangs to be shipped to Europe seems to be over, prices go down since a while.
  16. Buickborn, like that expression of yours a lot, 'acquiring something that needs a friend'. Reminds me of my 1950 Caddy Club Coupe that I bought 4 years back. The car was sitting in a three car garage (among a Mercedes and a 40s Citroen) for at least 10 to 15 years, grill, right front fender, both bumpers etc. disassembled, absolutely dead electrical system, starter badly rusted and not functional, starter button nonop etc. The car has not been covered with anything over these many years. Above the cars cheap screws were used for the ceiling, they started to rust and the rust had fallen on the cars, resulting in small heaps of rust on the cars that worked their way into the paint and even chrome. Inside the Caddy was an absolute time capsule, all original, not redone at a later date, really original, seats, carpet, door panels, wonderfully cracked steering wheel. Although the car was a catastrophe outside, it seemed to talk to me 'Get me out of here, pleassseee!'. Of course I couldn't resist and the seller was a really really nice person. Took me a few weeks to get the car running, but when I heard the 331 cui engine the first time it was absolutely thrilling. One of the most rewarding things I ever did on cars. 😊😊😁 Looks like you have similar experiences. Great!
  17. Hi guys, I learned on FB that the wonderful white (or cream) steering wheels of the earlier 1940s years do not fit on 1949 Buicks. Is there any not too complicated way to make one fit? I assume you could change the whole steering column, box etc. but that's not my intention and exceeds my capabilities by far. I do not have such a steering wheel in my possession anyway, but before I chase one I am keen to understand if this endeavor has any chance. Thanks a lot. Best, Hans
  18. For a lot of people the watching of other people's cars and searching for a bargain is the hobby, not the possession of a car with its risks and costs associated with ownership. I have a colleague, a nice guy, friendly and generous, who is looking for a 56 Chevy Bel Air in triple black since many years ( I know him for 7), who wants to spend max 30k, but expects an excellent car with a much better engine than stock and at least 300 HP, brake conversion etc. You can fabricate your dream car in your fantasies, but maybe it has never been built or your price target is totally unreasonable. That's just another thing I have observed.
  19. By the way, Budville Motors had two more 49s for sale, both Super convertibles..... πŸ˜‰
  20. Buickborn - thanks a lot! Very nice of you. On Friday I pick it up in Rotterdam. I did not like the green interior anyway, so I will put something in more decent and in my view appropriate. SMS fabric and leather samples already arrived at home. 😁 To me it looks like that people do not want any kind of project car anymore. They want to drive and enjoy only. Nothing wrong with that. To work on a car and improve it makes it really mine, that's my philosophy.
  21. Buickborn - I just recently bought this car from Kentucky. Have not seen it yet in person, is still on its way to Germany, but is supposed to be driver quality only. Was on ebay but no other bid than mine. Really wondered about that. Hubcaps included but not installed. 😁 The car has its obvious flaws, but nothing that cannot be fixed, at least I hope so. 😁 Germany is surely not Buick territory, but I am just fascinated by the brands' history and styling of the 40s and 50s. But here are no high-end restored Buicks, at least I am not aware of, no market for these. Only worthy collectables here for most people are Mercedes and Porsche, nothing else. Went to a classic car seller last week and saw 5 Mercedes 300 SL gull wings and convertibles and numerous 190 SL's of 50s vintage and even a few Porsche Spyders among dozens 50-90s Porsche. Great cars, for sure, but nothing so special here. American cars of the 50s have such a huge aura and presence that is absolutely thrilling to me. Maybe that explains the interest of people outside of the US, at least mine. 😎 When I go to a car meet here e. g. with my 56 Caddy CdV, although it is in a poor condition, people are just stunned by it. When I explain its features or open the hood, people are asking 'really?' or is that a V8? People cannot believe its opulence and power. It is the star on every meet. Not a single lady not saying 'Was für ein schânes Auto!' ('what a beautiful car!') despite all of the dings and bad chrome. And it drives like a dream.... Cannot wait to drive my 53 Roadmaster Riviera again that came this week back from the paint shop. Needs reassembly now..... Sorry for contemplating, couldn't sleep.
  22. Congratulations to the new owner. πŸ‘ŒLove the video of the car on the Daniel Schmitt website, especially the part when the car is slowly being driven out of the building. Just graceful! - Thanks for confirming!
  23. Thanks a lot. Had not seen that on Hemmings. And I wasn't able to identify the license plate. πŸ‘
  24. Just curious, is that the car previously offered by Daniel Schmitt & Co. in St. Louis? These are so rare. In white and yellow it looks simply gorgeous!
  25. Cannot take my eyes of this car! - But only little enthusiasm here. Anything wrong with this car?