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About Erska

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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. And now a period shot of a mid-50s restoration of a Packard dual cowl phaeton.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 how to deal with them today. Thanks to all who share their knowledge!
  9. 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.
  10. 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 through eastern Washington and Oregon, traveling 5,500 miles that way. He said traffic really wasn't a problem until they were a day or so out from Monterey. I remember he also said the car was running well, and their comfortable cruising speed was around 40 mph, with overheating at 55. Maintenance included daily oiling of the "top end," and he said the brake (on the driveshaft) was the most worrisome aspect of driving the car. Also, the Franklin was a "one-family car" purchased new by Eby's great-uncle. Here's a photo from the Lighthouse Cruise-In:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Here's something different -- a "survivor" 1970 Volvo 144 sedan bought new by my parents. Only wear items have been replaced over the years, and despite its 104,000 miles it has the appearance of a car just a few years old. Its form-follows-function design (first production was 1967) attracts little attention in modern traffic. Volvos this vintage are solidly built, and fine rally cars. Someday I'd like to take this one on the Great Race.
  14. Here is another classic Packard from mid-1950s Los Angeles. The story I was told is that my father owned this dual-cowl phaeton in original condition, then sold it to someone who restored it. The photos are after the restoration. Is it a 1932 model? An eight? Still around?
  15. I'm glad to know some of these cars photographed in the '50s still exist and are known in AACA. If any of their current owners would like a high resolution scan of their car's old photo, please send me a private message through the forum system.