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  1. Hope to see the missing photo of the Volvo 1800! Good looking, and solid and reliable too -- just finished 500 mile road trip in mine (to Monterey Car Week and back).
  2. My slowest car was this 1973 VW Squareback, with a 1600 cc engine rated at 65 horsepower. It was (and is) solid and reliable. Bought new in college, driven as first car then backup car for about 25 years (covered about 200,000 miles, but always well maintained), then in "dry, covered" storage for about 20 years. Refurbishing almost completed. The paint and interior are mostly original. Squarebacks (aka Type 3 VWs) once were common (at least here on the west coast) but now are very scarce, and largely forgotten amidst the Beetles (Type 1) and Buses (Type 2). Looking forward to taking it to a few shows next year!
  3. Here's a photo of one of the Pebble Beach Best of Show finalists, the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, taken the day before the Tour d'Elegance, "in the wild." I was walking on Asilomar Ave., a residential street near the seashore in Pacific Grove, heard an unusual engine sound, and was able to get this shot of the car, likely on a test drive before the Tour. My Monterey Car Week experience this year was at more plebeian events (Classic Motorsports Cruise-In, the Little Car Show, Rotary Rally, etc.) that bring in lots of interesting sub-classic, sub-exotic cars, mostly from Northern California. Still had a blast! We were driving a Volvo 1800E, not only in the Monterey area, but for the 400 mile roundtrip from home. Maybe next year the non-Pebble Beach events can have their own thread here.
  4. Here's one car that vintage VW people likely would like -- 1973 Squareback (Type 3), original owner, absolutely no modifications.
  5. This topic was covered in another thread here a month or two ago. Passport Transport was one of the companies recommended. I used them a couple weeks ago to ship a car from Florida to California. Passport did a great job; I would hire them again.
  6. I recall reading that the key difference is that the collector organizes the stuff, but the hoarder does not. Also that (generally) the collector's interests are in specific areas, but hoarders often accumulate anything and everything. I've had to deal with other people's huge accumulations of stuff several times, which leads to another possible criteria: If you have to bring in dumpsters to carry it off, it's a hoard. But if you can sell it (through dealers or auction houses) it's a collection. Estate sales could be either.
  7. My hunch is gas-powered "antiques and classics" will be around for a very long time. Lots of people still ride and drive horses.
  8. Great car! It is always nice to see something different. There is some information about the design and production of these ZIMS in the book Cars for Comrades - The Life of the Soviet Automobile, by Lewis Siegelbaum (2008, Cornell University Press). If you don't already have a copy likely you can find one on Abebooks or some other used book service. The author says 21,527 of these cars were built 1950-1960, and were used in the USSR for limousine and taxi service. I wonder what the Norwegian taxi drivers thought of the ZIM, especially in comparison to other cars commonly in taxi service in 1950s Norway (I'd expect Volvo and Mercedes were the most likely).
  9. 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 Towe of Montana started the Towe Ford Museum in Sacramento, that eventually became the California Auto Museum. Starting out as a strictly Ford collection, owned by Towe, it is now home to a varied collection of cars, foreign and domestic, from Brass Era up to recent electrics, and operated by a non-profit group with plenty of donors and volunteers. Perhaps carrying forward Towe's focus on Ford, most cars in the collection could have been owned by the average guy. There are a few great classics, though, my personal favorite being the 1933 Lincoln KB formerly used by Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini (see below). Nowadays there are lots of differences since Trimacar's visit years ago. The Museum is still located in the same ex-warehouse just off I-5 near Old Sacramento, but the roof was replaced and no longer leaks, and the HVAC system was updated too. For some years, there have been interesting short-term exhibits, recently including station wagons, British cars, Northern California hot-rods, and more. The museum is well worth a visit if you're in northern California. Due to pandemic restrictions the museum has been closed since last spring (except for a month or so in November), but hopefully can reopen when COVID vaccinations are more widely administered.
  10. 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 25 years ago. It is a survivor, low-mileage and always garaged, got me into the Volvo Club of America, and then led me to start a meet in my town's Central Park which 20+ years on has become the largest Volvo meet on the west coast. But I've always had broader auto interests, and when I have more time after retiring in a year or two plan to buy a pre-1940 car. High on the list, likely because of the family connection, are a Model T Ford or a late '30s Packard. Thanks, Dad!
  11. 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 comfort, etc. And apparently that is not what you said. Even so, as a matter of business goodwill, maybe you will want to make some accommodation to the buyer, as mentioned in other posts. Even so, the buyer should be the guy who loses money on this deal, not you. I myself had a TD back in the '70s, while in college -- and even then it was a fun car, never a daily driver. I saw the photos of this one on your website a couple weeks ago, and it seemed like a nifty little car for the money.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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 TD at a show, I always check to see if it is #2038.
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