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  1. Yes, Big Bertha. And my current project, Moby Grape.
  2. They say being so close to the ocean, cars don't last long there: These tiny islands off Newfoundland are crowded with oddball French cars | Driving Craig
  3. Awesome garage tour! Someone in France has a great collection of vintage service station signs and merchandizing items. I like seeing what the French market had to offer the motoring public at one time. Closest we can get to France in North America is a ferry ride to St. Pierre & Miquelon of the coast of Newfoundland, but I don't think there are any collectors there. Craig
  4. If this is the case, I would not change the color. Rarity and documentation is in your favor, even if it isn't "you". Craig
  5. What is the year and make of the car? Is the car itself rare? Is it a rare paint combination that is seldom seen? (Along with that, is factory documentation still available?) Craig
  6. Again, nice selection of photos! I particularly like that '54 Peugeot 203 convertible. Craig
  7. Send an email with the serial/Commission number to these guys: Archive (britishmotormuseum.co.uk) Craig
  8. The Brooke 'Swan Car', which is now in the Louman Museum in Holland was apparently smuggled out of India. Brooke 25/30-HP Swan Car | Louwman Museum Craig
  9. I remember that horn feature a lot! I heard several of those going off here in Oil Country back in the early '80's!! Craig
  10. I'm not surprised. A good many RR 'shooting brakes' are not what they were bodied with originally. Craig
  11. By the 1960's Ozite became more famous for their indoor-outdoor carpeting, a totally synthetic product. I recall many front steps covered in this product when delivering newspapers, but my favorite was my mom's experience with it. My aunt and uncle in a different city had Ozite on their front doorstep, and they did not allow smoking in their house, and my mom stayed there to attend a wedding. On my uncle's next visit, he mentioned my mom went outside to smoke three times, as that was how many burn holes he found in his Ozite carpet by the front door!! Craig
  12. That phone was the factory offering in a 1991 Avanti. I think it was the Europeans who may have offered in-car telephones first, at least over in their home market. Mercedes Benz did offer them as a factory installation in the 600 models. And some of the Russian Zil had them installed at the factory. I have a 1970 Thunderbird brochure showing an interior photo with one in use, and the caption stated "Telephone available from outside sources.", meaning it was not a Ford accessory, nor made By Philco. Craig
  13. Was it bodied as a 'Shooting Brake' right from new? Or is it a rebody from a saloon? Was there supporting documentation with the car? Craig
  14. I never cared, either, especially when I hear parents complain how much is costs to raise their children. Thankfully, I never married and had kids! I have heard some horror stories just how much parents spend on their kids to keep them out of trouble, and to get them out of trouble if they set foot in it, which is far more than what one spends on a vintage car. Football and hockey equipment, which usually gets upgraded yearly as the child grows is NOT cheap, and for those who have had the misfortune of losing a child to the drug world, reformation is extremely costly. Craig
  15. That is certainly true for early cell phones:
  16. I believe RCC could be purchased outright, although like CB radio, an annual license fee had to be paid. However, it was a 'closed loop' system as I recall with no provision to connect to the telephone network. One could only communicate between the base station and the mobile units. I never seen any as used in a taxicab, or trucking firm have the capability of being connected to the telephone network. Out on a limb here, but perhaps in some areas, there may have been a modem available for rent from the Telco to connect to an RCC unit as an experiment, or for prototype use. I've never seen or heard of one being compatible with RCC, but I guess it was possible. Craig
  17. It will be difficult to find out the actual cost of them as they were never available for outright purchase. As I stated earlier, Ma Bell never sold their equipment to the user, and only rented it; a fixed amount for the service which included the use of the mobile unit, plus the connection fees every time a call was placed. And because it was rented, the Telco looked after any repairs, and were also obligated to exchanging it with updated equipment. I believe Xerox still operates this way, or at least used to. A company could never outright purchase a Xerox machine, either. I suppose if one really want to establish an actual cost of the unit, perhaps a trade journal of the era might give an answer of the cost of manufacture somewhere. Craig
  18. That one in the photo is a '62, going by the grille. The proprietor of the corner Tom-Boy grocery store drove a '61 Falcon sedan delivery which saw a LOT of use! I recall he drove it up until around 1969 or 1970 when he replaced it with a '66 or '67 Ford Econoline van, another vehicle he got his money's worth out of. Craig
  19. Hit one hard enough in rear end, it might! Craig
  20. That was true in Alberta at the time. Mobile phone numbers had the prefix 'XJ" along with the numbers as I recall. Craig
  21. Now that I think about it, do you only want the compact handset seen in the photos that makes it look so appealing like a Princess phone in the bedroom? Or do you also want the big, heavy trunk-mounted transmitter/receiver as well that goes along with it? Craig
  22. When those phones were in use, one was not allowed to actually buy the handset. Ma Bell had a monopoly on the service, and would only rent out the equipment. It wasn't until 1982 or so, when one was able to legally use their own purchased equipment as long as it was FCC approved. I remember back in the day when the equipment was rented, one paid so much for a black desk or wall phone. If you wanted a colored phone, it was .50 cents a month extra, a longer cord, another .50 cents, and so on. And extension phone was another so much per month. Answering machines were ridiculously expensive per month, something like $15.50 a month as I recall, which made them basically limited to places of business. Therefore, I could see a charge on a mobile phone being horrendous, plus the connection fees each time one had to use it, and then the inconvenience of only 10 lines (or less) that could be used for communication at the time. If they were all in use, you had to wait until a vacant line was open. Craig
  23. How does Turner compare to the Hubley cast metal scale models from the era for detail? Craig
  24. The majority of these cars were pampered throughout their lifetime; even as second and third-hand pre-owned units, which explains their high survival rate. And the value of them does make them worthwhile to restore when a rough one is found. To my knowledge, Rolls-Royce had no inherent engine or other running gear faults that compromised their longevity. That factor allowed them to serve their owners to the point they became 'collectible'; selling for more money than the the second or third owner paid for it in the first place provided they kept it for over a decade or two, and it was well maintained throughout that time. And other factors which contributed to longevity was in the northern climates, many of these cars would remain parked over the winter, and where they were driven in snow, road salt was not in use much back then which helped preserve their bodies. Craig
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