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  1. Earlier this century we were out east in our 1961 Chrysler 300-G visiting family after a 300 meet. Then we were waiting to catch a ferry from Connecticut to Long Island to visit a Chrysler collector friend. Went to start the car to load up and…nothing! I was going through the troubleshooting process when a woman drove up in a Chevy Tahoe headed for the ferry and asked if we needed a jump. I said I didn’t think so. She said did you try jumping the relay? I said yes. She asked did you bang on the starter with a hammer? I said yes. Turns out she worked in sales for an automotive electric concern. I had a tow rope so I convinced her to tow us on and off the ferry, and the ferry operators to let us do that. I called our friend who met us on the other side with a rebuilt starter he had on the shelf. As we contemplated changing the starter right there, he said have you ever push started one of these? I said no, but it’s a cast iron Torqueflite automatic with a rear pump, so it’s supposed to work. He said he hadn’t tried it either but it would be a lot easier to change the starter in his garage than this parking lot. So we pull started it with his Subaru Brat. Fired right up! We had one more small ferry to catch. Left the Chrysler running, which the ferry guy wasn’t too happy about but understood when we explained the situation. Made it to our friends place, went out to dinner and changed the starter the next day. That starter is still my car.
  2. The local Triumph club guys pushed back on me on this too. I wanted to like the car. I did find a contemporary road test of the TR7 that did mention the gross understeer, so I don’t think I’m crazy. If this continues to be a fruitful discussion/hijack I’ll see if I can dig that up. My points of reference include another competitor: I took my drivers test in a fairly new 1982 Fiat Spider, which other than styling is a more appropriate competitor than the X1/9. I flogged that thing for most of its first 15K miles before my mom sold it (I owned one of my own later on.) A great handling car, and quicker and faster than the TR7. Also, while I don’t claim to be a racing-level driver, I posses basic track skills. I’ve received a lot of track driving instruction and have had numerous track days around the country in many cars over the last 20 years in a professional capacity. So, yes, that was with newer cars, which that part might not be fair to the TR7, but I do work on my own stuff and like the way my E-Type drives! 🙂
  3. Around 2004 I bought a TR7 convertible because I thought they were cool when I was kid, and I was down in Kansas City with an empty trailer. It was indeed a pretty awful car. It actually ran pretty good, but - I know this is going to sound cliche - it had some electrical problems. Mainly the alternator would occasionally not charge; a local rebuilder eventually figured it out - on the second try. My main issues with it were it was slow and handled poorly. I took it to an autocross; turned into the first corner and the car kept going straight. Had new tires on it. I sold it on a Saturday morning in 2007 for about what I paid for it, hopped on a plane and drove home in an E-Type which I still have.
  4. I love this car, but I’m weird - I’ve owned over a dozen 1961 Chryslers since 1983. Had every body style except a wagon; only bought my first 3-speed manual ‘61 late last year. This car does not really fit my lifestyle right now but I think it has a lot of appeal to a niche market. As a ‘61 Chrysler geek I’ve always wanted a wagon, but I think I might prefer a loaded New Yorker. I think the $15K as others discussed is a good baseline. Also agree bringatrailer would be a good venue.
  5. The hood bumpers on 1961 Chryslers are painted over at the factory. I can’t say if this car has been repainted or not, but if it was it probably wasn’t resprayed under the hood
  6. Neat car. The shift lever, boot, and that plastic cover under it look factory correct. The knob is not. Someone’s put switches in the block-off plate for the automatic transmission push buttons. It’s a Chrysler A-745 transmission, which was new for ‘61. I’m rebuilding one right now. I’d say they are somewhat rare, but nothing particularly special about them. Never saw one in a wagon. As far as adding value, the thing that gets the most comments on my ‘61s is the push button automatic. Maybe someone would pay more for the relative rarity of the manual. Also, all 1961 Chrysler brand wagons were pillarless hardtops.
  7. The name was revived for a trim option on 1961 Newport four-doors. Only seen or heard of a couple over the years.
  8. Shows 11K. I’ve been in touch with the most significant previous owner so I think 111K - pending looking up our correspondence on my work computer. He did a concours-winning resto and drove it coast-to-coast.
  9. Well, the son of the original owner did a concours-winning resto and racked up miles on it in the last century. That was a long time ago. It did sit for many years after that when the previous owner passed. The current owner had it professionally revived. It’s not “on the road” per se but it does fire right up and runs quiet.
  10. Here are some photos in an ad I posted here on AACA a while back:
  11. It’s a saloon, older concours resto in decent running condition. Was a club car and went off the radar. My uncle purchased an estate collection to get the Alvis. He sold off the other ten or so cars over the last several years. Finally got around to have some pros service and sort it a year and a half ago, but life got in the way and he’s retiring and decided to sell it. I go fire it up and drive it around every few months. He’s not involved in the old car hobby and is asking a fairly stiff price but he likes to negotiate. He’s not on the internet so I am posting ads and am the initial contact person. I get your point on the British stuff. Personally I’m into more “mainstream“ British brands. Had a Triumph for a bit and a Jaguar since 2007
  12. For E-Type Jaguars, there is http://xkedata.com/ The background info, etc. is still being developed. The registry has over 21,000 cars! Anyone can add photos and comments. A general location is given if known, and owners can voluntarily register with their names if they wish. As a MODEL specific site there is https://300f.com/ For 1960 Chrysler 300-Fs. The registry aspect is relatively small, but he did a really nice job with background info, original advertising, factory photos and more which could inspire a marque specific site
  13. Can’t imagine many people hoarding parts if they don’t have a car. The Alvis Owner Club says only 17 TA21s in the US, or maybe that’s North America. I’ve been trying to help sell a TA21 for a year and a half with basically zero response. There doesn’t seem to be a whole it of interest in these cars here. I’ve only seen two TA14s in 15 or so years of being semi-active in the vintage British/European car scene around Chicago, and a TA14 on a forum in Wisconsin. Happy hunting though!
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