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  1. The reason my wife does not cause me problems with my old cars is that I hide them away from the house and the wife and make my kids swear to tell mom that the cars belong to Uncle Robert. When that day comes that I can't enjoy the cars I'll deal with it like most people. I will die and my Estate will sell the vehicles for whatever they can get on a fast sale. In short, I purchased these cars for pure enjoyment knowing that as an investment I would be better off buying stocks. You cant drive your stocks or take a friend for a drive in your investment portfolio.
  2. Here is my view on this subject: [1]: The collectors like myself who enjoy the vehicles that their father may have had and remind them of their father or remind them of some other endearing relative are themselves getting old and not being replaced with younger collectors. My father drove a 1933 Buick to college in the late 1940s / early 1950s on the GI Bill with a car that he paid $45. I own 4 of these beautiful 1933 vehicles that look to me like "rolling ART". However, I confess that part of the lure is that each time I get in one of these cars I am reminded of my father and all the fun I had as a kid in that old 1933 Buick, which old car spat out gas fumes and made those old car noises and old car smells. In May 2019 will some kid sit in his father's new 2019 car and have fond memories of being driven in his father's Tesla? Will some adult today have fond memories of 30 years ago as a kid being driven in his father's 1975 Chrysler or 1979 BMW? I doubt it. ; [2]: The collectors that might purchase a pre-WW2 vehicle do not have the time to play around with stick sifting and engines that require a great amount of care and maintenance to get them on the road. Hence, these collectors stick to a vehicle that they can drive, like a 1960s to 1970s muscle car. For many collectors now, the pre-WW2 vehicle is too tall, or too boxy, or too "frumpy". They desire a more sleet, high horsepower, sexier car to collect which cars from the 1960s and 1970s are normally higher production numbers with more accessible spare parts as opposed to a pre-WW2 vehicle. If a part to a pre-WW2 car breaks it may take months to find a replacement part and the cost may be expensive, while with a 1950s, 1960s and 1970s vehicle the needed parts are easily found on Ebay or AMAZON; [3]: Too many people are spoiled with engines in modern vehicles that are maintenance free as compared to the time invested in maintenance of a pre-WW2 vehicle. There are some newer BMW sport cars now that the hood can't even be opened without going to the dealer as opening the hood voids the warranty; [4]: For the vehicles from the 1920 to early 1930s, the potential collectors may like the physical appearance of these cars but as soon as they see the engine and what it takes to get these vehicles on the road they back off. I heard comments all the time about "Al Capone" when people make comments after seeing one of my 1933 Buicks. The problem is that most younger people can't even drive a stick shift and with collecting an old car they do not like the hassle of what it takes to get the car on the road or the problems with having to deal with stick-shifting on 3 gears with minimal horsepower compared to the new cars of today. You would be surprised at how many 40+ year old males ask me why the 1933 Buick does not have a smaller steering wheel? Or ask me to explain "mechanical brakes", or ask me where the lever is to "tilt" the steering wheel, or ask me why the roof has a hole filled with wood, etc. QUERY: If you are never introduced to a pre-WW2 car and want to drive an older car when you get older and have some money to spend on a hobby why would you want something other than a 1960s or 1970s vehicle? How many pre-WW2 cars were at SEMA in Las Vegas in late October 2018? I was there at SEMA in 2018 as I was at SEMA in the years earlier and answer is very few pre-WW2 cars were exhibited and the ones that were exhibited there at SEMA were all Hot Rods.; [5]: Caveat: Yes the true rare classic cars (CCCA) with a pedigree through CCCA (such as being coach built by some coach builder like Brewster, Derham, Dietrich, Fisher, Fleetwood, Rollston, Murphy, Judkins, LeBaron, or Willoughby) still fetch some good prices but those collectors are few. Moreover, many of them who have very deep pockets are more interested in joining the "club" for those high dollar pre-WW2 classic cars to trade like a vintage baseball card that is stored in a glass case. Unlike when these vehicles were new and actually driven day-to-day and parked on the street through the 1950s or parked at a parking lot up to the 1950s, these cars after being restored at $150,000+ per vehicle to look better than when manufactured or "coach built" sit in a storage facility for private display that is as good or better than a museum. They are only to be taken out in the Spring and Summer to be shown from time to time at some concourse or classic care event rather than driven for the fun of driving.
  3. The 1932 Nash "Advanced" was not even the top of the line. Were there a couple of gold bars affixed to the chassis that went with the vehicle? If it was the Ambassador Model what would have been the price?
  4. See post from 58L-Y8 made 2/2/2019. With the shorter units there was a notch in the bottom of the door so that the door would open with the rear fender. On the longer Model 92 the wheelbase at 135 inches made it where the door was square with no notch as the fenders did not interfere with the door. The Model 92 was more costly and longer and made a more sleek look. The green & blue colored photo of the earlier black & white 1933 factory photo found on page #1 of this string post is the lost series 92 (my opinion). From my observation no surviving units of the Model 92 for the 2-door St Regis Speedway President have survived. My belief is that less than 100 of these units for this model 92 (St Regis Speedway President) were ever made. If I am wrong I would love to see a surviving example.
  5. It appears to me still that the 1933 Studebaker Speedway St Regis President coupe is still a model that appears not to have any existing units that survived. Am I correct? [See first post on this topic]. Would be super if this vehicle survived.
  6. Body shop ordered a car carrier (car hauler) to pick up and deliver a freshly restored vehicle. Body shop had car hauler fax in a sheet that stated that the hauler was covered. Problem was that hauler's staff made an error as the pick up was from a sub-contractor of the carrier (which is normal in the car hauler business). Coverage was a problem. Owner paid $200,000 for the restoration. Carrier did not have insurance for the sub-contractor's truck or the sub-contractor's driver for this particular job. The sub-contractor (as is often the case) was a one man show with no assets and hence no insurance. The driver of the truck that the carrier hired as a sub-contractor picked up the vehicle and crashed after picking up the vehicle and in transit to the owner's residence. The antique vehicle was totally destroyed. With no insurance for the carrier or the sub-contractor the owner's only recourse was to sue the body shop for negligence. Sadly, the body shop's insurance does not cover negligent referral to a car hauler. Bottom line: If an expensive vehicle is being hauled confirm 100% that the car hauler (be it the one hired or a sub-contractor that shows up to pick up the car) has insurance coverage. The way to do this and protect yourself is get the insurance card from the driver of the car hauler on date of the pick up when the car carrier comes to pick up the vehicle and immediately with a phone call in the vehicle's VIN number and name of the driver of the vehicle to the insurance company on the card. Insurance companies have a list of trucks and drivers' names that they insure for each customer's fleet of car haulers. If the driver or the vehicle picking up the car or the truck's VIN number is not on the insurance policy as a covered vehicle or covered driver the carrier will alert you that there is zero coverage and then you can decide to take the risk or tell the driver to go away without your priceless restored vehicle.
  7. I live also in California and am an attorney since the 1980s. If the car is not being driven then do not worry. "Don't worry about the horse being blind. Just load the wagon". If an expensive vehicle you might want to have some insurance in case the car is destroyed in transit.
  8. Tried to call Ed Smith's parents in Lakewood CA about their 1933 Buick Victoria Coupe Model 96 but could only leave voice mail last weekend. Sure would love to see a picture or personally see the vehicle as I travel for business to that area often.
  9. With the torrents of rain in Sacramento where the cars are stored I have to wait until the sun finally comes out so I can take these 1933 Victoria Coupe Buick Model 96 examples and the 1933 Buick Model 86 to have photos taken.
  10. Almost a dozen helpers! I counted 11 pairs of hands which comes out to 22 hands to help get this vehicle moving. I can't even get my 12 year old son to help with my 1933 Buicks without having to purchase him a new "skin" for his Fortnite addiction.
  11. I think the advertisement is appropriate. If a potential buyer is interested then he /she need only post a request for more pics and ask a few questions. I wonder if the brown poodle comes with the car. My 8 year old is begging me for a Dog and this might be the excuse to get one.
  12. I've heard that some seller's on EBay have a friend or relative who will come in on a high bid for a secret reserve (which is not mentioned on the listing) which is done to avoid a potential real valid high bid getting the vehicle for a price that is much less than the seller wants to accept. The Seller then waits some time and lists the vehicle again and gives an explanation that the earlier high bidder failed to come forward with all the funds. Why use this practice? Some sellers believe that placing a "false no reserve" gets more attention with potential buyers and hence (as the thinking goes) higher bids. This hidden reserve practice frequently happens also with on-site auctions.
  13. Nice images of the red Buick. The front seats appear identical in the photo. For the Model 80 Victoria Coup for 1933 the passenger set was smaller than the driver's seat.
  14. The image by SfTamX1 of the colorized stock photo of the 2-door Model 92 St Regis Speedway is superb.
  15. Sadly none of the images sent by XANDER are of a 1933 Studebaker Speedway 2-door, Speedway President Model 92 St Regis also called a "St Regis Brougham". Are there any Studebaker experts out there that can enlighten me if this model survived even with just one unit remaining in any condition? I've seen the stock photo that SpinnyHill sent but am looking for an existing car that has survived did not end up in some crusher. That black & white image that was posted shows just how attractive that particular model appeared.