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  1. Zepher said: "Same Edward Towe that started the Towe Ford Museum in Sacramento that later became the California Auto Museum?" Trimacar said: "And yes, the Sacramento museum is interesting, but finances are tight and if you go there on a rainy day (this from 8 years ago) you might be asked to move a bucket if you see it's not catching a roof leak. I hope they're doing well, a lot of interesting cars there, a lot of them on "loan" for a storage fee of $50 a month. Again, I spent time there for a few years around 2010 or so, my information may be outdated." Yes, Edward
  2. My father (b. 1904) lived almost all his life in car-centric Los Angeles. I came along in his 'second family' in the mid-1950s, and heard lots of stories about his Model T (first car), Model As, Packards, and others. He always had interesting cars as I was growing up -- my first car memory is riding in his 1948 Lincoln Continental; later there was a grey '57 Thunderbird, white '57 Cadillac, and triple-black '63 Lincoln. His last cars were European, Mercedes 280 and Volvo 144 (we're of Swedish heritage). The Volvo ended up as the keeper, and came to me when my mother stopped driving about
  3. Matt, Commenting with my lawyer hat on (but from general principles since I am licensed in California, not Ohio), on the facts stated I don't think you have any legal obligation to take back the TD. It is not your job as seller to assess the buyer's planned use for the car, and whether it fits their purpose (just as it is not your job to figure out whether they can really afford it, fix it, etc.). I would only be worried if you made some clear statement to the buyer that it would be a fine daily driver in modern traffic, capable of safely getting them to work on time and in com
  4. Well, I don't think my daughter would go along with that! That second shelf has the books about the early 1900s road trips. Happily mine are first editions, bought 8 or 10 years ago. Most are available in reprints -- a good source is Abebooks.
  5. Here's a photo of my main auto bookcase, some shelved two-deep, the accumulation of some fifty (!) years. This all started with two gifts from my father: Philip Van Doren Stern's Pictorial History of the Automobile, and Ralph Stein's Treasury of the Automobile (interesting that a couple of others have mentioned that book too). The second photo is another shelf -- stories of early 1900s road trips in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia. These are great stories of the cars and roads of the time, along with the countries and cultures travelled through.
  6. A Merry Christmas to Ed, and to all the other antique car experts who contribute to this forum -- it's tremendously educational! And Best wishes to all from northern California -- may 2021 be better in every way, including more opportunities to get out with our cars!
  7. I will plead guilty too. Back in the mid-1970s, the summer after college graduation, I totally disassembled my tired 1950 MG TD. That work was a great education in how a pre-war car was put together (TDs are basically a 1930s design). The plan was to restore it in my spare time the next few years. Hah! With law school, followed by law practice, it was decades before there was much spare time. So in the early '80s I sold the MG as a basket case. There is a happy ending -- the guy who bought it actually finished the restoration and sent me pictures a few years later. When I see an early
  8. Our 1971 Volvo 1800E, lined up at the start of our only car event this summer, the "Ironstone Corona Tour" at the Ironstone Winery, Murphys, California. Other years there's a concours with around 250 pre-1973 cars (and a tour). This year, just the tour for 100 vehicles (which ranged from 1917 to 1972), with a "socially distanced" picnic at the winery grounds. Yes, that is a Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow behind us -- a wonderful rear view mirror view!
  9. I will join in the lament for 2020 Monterey Car Week. Our plans to attend this year were sadly nixed by the pandemic. But here a few photos from 2018: a 1919 Franklin that was driven to Monterey from Florida (shown at the Rotary Rally); the 1956 Cadillac Hess & Eisenhardt Presidential Parade Car (at the Tour d"Elegance); automotive archaeology in guise of an derelict Cadillac convertible (at Concours d'Lemons); and a 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II. an Indian "car of the raj" (at Pebble Beach). Here's hoping for better times next year! (Oversize attachments; the last two I'll have to put
  10. When I was about three, my father bought a near-new '57 Thunderbird -- the color was "gunmetal gray" (he was a banker). He kept it to about 1970, and sold it to a guy who restored it (including a gray repaint). I've seen quite a few '57s at car shows, but never one in gray. Likely by now they've all been repainted more "festive" colors.
  11. The sign says "Mayfield Car Company," and a quick Google search yielded this: "The Mayfield Car Co. was on Hollywood Way and Riverside Drive in Burbank, and it specialized in classics and oddballs, ca. 1950."
  12. The California "blue plate" series started in 1970, and this one is original to my 1971 Volvo 1800E, as is the selling dealer's frame. I like originality, and details like these persuaded me to buy this car from its first owner.
  13. And now a period shot of a mid-50s restoration of a Packard dual cowl phaeton.
  14. Here's my dad with a late 1920s Packard "barn find" in Los Angeles, circa 1950. Amazing how rough it is though little more than twenty years old.
  15. This has been a great thread, so many interesting photos. I'm late to the party, but can add a few. Here's a 1933 Packard Twelve convertible sedan, my father's daily driver in mid-1950s Los Angeles.
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