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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. And now a period shot of a mid-50s restoration of a Packard dual cowl phaeton.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Turquoise, anyone? Here's my 1971 Volvo 1800E, in a color offered only one year of a ten year production run. This was not my first color choice when I was looking for an 1800 abut 15 years ago, but this car had all the other qualities I was looking for, so I bought it. I've never seen another one this color, and it gets lots of positive comments at shows.
  10. Here are a couple photos of one of these 1958 gems, as seen at the Carmel Mission Classic show during 2018 Monterey Car Week. The owner told me it was a one-family car, recently repainted. He seemed really happy that I appreciated its oddity.
  11. Great thread! Three current interests for me: (1) old Volvos (fits with Swedish heritage: I have two, a sedan that's been in family since new, and a sporty 1971 1800E), (2) pre-war American (my father was born in 1904, but was in his fifties when I was born, so I grew up hearing a lot about cars of the pre-war era; I don't have any right now, but do have a short list for when I retire and have more time/space -- likely a Model T and a late '30s Packard or Cadillac); and (3) auto books (hundreds, going back to early 1900s). This forum is a fabulous resource for learning about early cars and
  12. My half-brother Larry en route by 1914 Model T from Ladd Air Force Base, Fairbanks, Alaska, to Los Angeles, in late summer, 1950. He mustered out of the Air Force at Ladd, then took the long way home, driving the Alaska-Canada Highway through the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and finally California. The trip took 53 days. The car was reputedly one of the first Model T shipment to Fairbanks, and Larry bought it from its original owner and restored it in his spare time.
  13. Back on the topic of long distance driving in early 20th Century automobiles, last summer a Florida couple drove one lap of North America in their 1919 Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. James Eby's destination was Monterey Car Week, and they participated in several shows there (Carmel Mission Classic, Classic Motorsports Lighthouse Cruise-In, Concours d'Lemons, maybe more). I spoke with Mr. Eby a couple of times, and he told me that to get to Monterey they'd driven a circuitous route through the inland, rural east coast, across the northern states and over the Rockies, and then down to California throu
  14. Have a look at the book "Antique Car Wrecks," edited by John Gunnell, published by Krause in 1990. Over 200 pages of pictures of automotive disasters from the teens to the fifties. Multiple copies available on Abebooks (used book website) for about $7 and up.
  15. Marty Roth, Thank you for posting photos of your beautiful 1930 Packard on tour. For those of us who haven't had the chance to drive a high-end car of that era, but are tempted by them, can you talk a little about what it is like to drive the car in modern traffic? Were you on any high-speed four lane highways ("freeways" out here)? Does the car have its original mechanical brakes, or have they been changed to hydraulic? Thanks.
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