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  1. GM continued their trend of poor product decisions with Saab, Hummer, and Saturn. They didn't know the quirky traits of Saab that attracted people to their cars. Hummer was a casualty of the GM bankruptcy. Saturn was starved for product for most of its existence, but should not have even been necessary. It was their attempt to break the union stranglehold on car production, and hopefully win back customers who had left in droves to buy foreign. Then you also have to consider cars like the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Cadillac XLR and Chevy SSR. All of these were attractive, but sales were not significant enough to invest there when the money would have been better spent improving the reliability of their products and producing cars comparable to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
  2. Terry, The AMT '63 Falcon was only made as a convertible. It's not worth much because of the bent windshield frame, which most likely resulted from a kid pushing the car across the floor. AMT transitioned to the non-warping plastic on a few of their 1961 model cars such as the later run of pale yellow Starliners, and the Falcon. Ebay will eventually list a '63 bumper as a separate piece or on a junker. The kit and promo parts interchange. You're better off selling this one for parts and buying a nicer example. I also have this same one in red.
  3. I had read about the auctioning off of the collection somewhere, and asked my Dad about it. He said it was well known that cars were stored on their rear ends to save space. A guy who worked with Dad bought one of the cars. I decided to go visit the Pollard business maybe a year later. I met his son, who was very nice, and gave me a tour. I remember several Packard limousines that were left over. I don't remember if they were V12s, but I would guess there were 5 or 6 of them. There was a 1920s car outside. I touched the driver's side drip rail and it tuned to dust. There was also an axle for an uncommon 1920s car that someone had paid for but never picked up. Next, there was a rusted out Seagrave fire engine that would have been a challenge to restore. The best was last. It was an Ahrens-Fox fire engine from maybe 1925. It looked really nice, as if it had been well taken care of for decades, but the paint was somewhat weathered. I think the son was asking $5000 for it. I didn't have the money to buy it. I suggested to Mr. Pollard to advertise it in Hemmings or whatever publication there was for Ahrens-Fox. It was that nice. I told Dad about it, but he wasn't really interested. I sometimes wonder what ever happened to that one!
  4. I was thinking of when GM when to THEIR new VIN system that also included the engine code. Thanks for the correction.
  5. That and the '56-'57 Corvette are my favorite 1950s GM cars. It's a great color combination and has just a tasteful amount of chrome trim. Hopefully it doesn't get turned into a hot rod or restomod.
  6. I saw the original black and white photo decades ago, in grade school as I recall, and I've been out of high school almost 50 years. I think the sign has been doctored up for better clarity. The colorization is just strange. Why would someone bother doing that?
  7. I was thinking along the same lines. But some states probably wouldn't recognize a title with mismatched numbers under any circumstance, which doesn't make sense on old cars. Many have been restored that had a cracked engine block replaced. Maybe the previous owner can get a statement notarized from the person he bought it from who did the actual swap. Regarding the question as to why does the engine number matter to title the car? Some states in the old days went only by an engine number. The new VIN system started with 1972 models was universally adopted by all of the states on new cars as far as I know.
  8. I heard he owns the office building next door or is friends with the owner(s).
  9. I know of a '31 4-door sedan sitting under a tarp in a parking structure with several other covered cars. It has been there for several years now, and I wonder what the owner's intent is.
  10. I, too, am not really interested in the foreign cars. When their publication for that crowd folded, they added some of that content into Hemmings Classic Car. The result is neither group of enthusiasts is really happy with the content of HCC. Their Muscle Machines magazine has turned into too many restomods to suit me, too. I think I will cease getting both of them. I still have plenty of both issues to catch up on over the next winter.
  11. I didn't go, but it sprinkled here off and on yesterday morning, so I think that affected attendance somewhat.
  12. Eric, Obviously you knew where it was since you took those great photos, but I just wanted the uninformed to know where it is located. I live a couple of miles from there.
  13. Greenfield Village is in Dearborn ...
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