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George Cole

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  1. GM gifted a new 1962 Corvette to Alan Shephard after his first space flight. That gave central FL Chevy dealer Jim Rathmann, (winner of the 1960 Indy 500,) the idea to lease Vettes to astronauts for $1 per year, each...which he did for many years. The astronauts typically kept the Vettes for several years before returning them to Rathmann and getting a new one. Sadly, documentation was not kept on most of the astronaut cars once they were returned from lease, and they were sold as used cars. Most likely many of them have not survived and have not been documented. Neil Armstrong had this 1967 Vette on a Rathmann lease when he became the first man to walk on the Moon. He kept it for several more years, then returned it for a newer model. A NASA employee bought it from the dealer, along with paperwork which identified it as Armstrong's car. It was rode hard and put away wet far too many times, before being retired to a basement garage until it surfaced in 2012. A couple of members from the local Corvette club confirmed its authenticity. It was bid to $250k on ebay, but did not meet an undisclosed reserve. It eventually did sell and the new owner restored it in 2015. It has been displayed at multiple car shows here for the past several years. There are quite a few on-line articles about it. It is believed Mr. Armstrong had several other Rathmann-leased Vettes but as far as I know, this is the only one with provenance which has survived.
  2. Nope! Closer to one for each day of the year. Last check they were on their way to 200 different ones in FL. Huge money maker for the state.
  3. My 63 Vette coupe has worn the same 'tramp stamp' for over 25 years....LKT SPLT.
  4. This was the first thread opened in the Museum forum it was opened in March. I posted several pictures above, including of the only remaining 1904 Simplicity which George Albright donated to the museum. Thanks again George.
  5. It would be a shame to part it out. Even needing complete floors, it seems like it would be worth the effort and expense to save it, as a really decent driver.
  6. The Canadian-U.S. border is scheduled to reopen on 9 August. With the auction closing on 24 July, there would be no way for U.S. residents to preview. Terms state 'miscellaneous items' must be removed within 7 days (i.e., 31 July)....again, an issue fur us Yanks as the border does not open for another 10 days after that date. If they were smart, knowing the border was scheduled to reopen soon, they'd delay the auction to take advantage of additional potential bidders/buyers. But that hasn't happened. https://www.ktoo.org/2021/07/19/canada-announces-border-to-open-aug-9-for-vaccinated-americans/
  7. The CL ad has been deleted, so it most likely sold.
  8. What are you planning to do today? How about changing the plugs in a 48 cylinder Kawasaki motorcycle. Actually, there's 49 plugs as there's a separate 75cc pony engine to start the 4.2 liter main engine. Kinda tough to trace an intermittent miss. Owned by Roger Dudding in the UK.
  9. A new museum just opened in Clearwater Florida called the Collections on Palmetto. It's the personal collection of Marvin Feldman. He has 24 cars on display, along with about a dozen steam, traction, and hit-and-miss engines. Public access is by reservation only, but very easy to do from their website. Marvin gave my group of 3 a personal 2-hour tour of his cars. Other than his brother, sister-in-law, and niece, (who all work with him maintaining the museum,) we were the only ones there at the time. He was extremely knowledgeable of each car. He said he still does maintenance on them all with his grandson. They were behind ropes, but only to keep kids from climbing all over them when school groups came through. He took ropes down as we walked through. He had one car (1917 Dodge touring car,) set up as a car for kids to sit in for pictures, etc. He said practically all are operable and he drives them as much as possible. About 3/4 of the cars are Brass era. With one exception (1952 Allard,) the remainder are pre-war, with the newest being a 1927 Pierce Arrow and a 1928 Aherns fire engine. Six of the cars were steam powered along with a lone electric-powered Pope-Waverly. His 2014 Lamborghini was parked in with the collection as well, although he said that was only for protection from the non-hurricane which passed through several days ago. He opened the museum to encourage school groups and tours to learn about the development of the automotive industry. Here's what was on display: 1886 Benz Motor Wagon (repro), 1901 Curved Dash Olds, 1902 Locomobile Stanhope B, 1904 Cadillac Model B, 1904 Pope Waverly Electric, 1906 Winton Model K, 1906 White Steamer, 1907 Northern, 1908 Schacht High Wheeler, 1908 Locomobile Model E, 1909 Stanley Steamer Model 70, 1910 Stanley Steamer Model 85, 1911 White (gasoline powered), 1913 Stanley Steamer Model 64, 1913 Cole Roadster, 1913 Pierce Arrow, 1914 Ford Model T, 1914 Fiat, 1915 Peerless, 1917 Dodge touring car, 1918 Creators Popcorn Wagon (steam powered), 1925 Stanley Steamer sedan, 1927 Pierce Arrow, 1928 Ahrens Pumper fire engine, 1952 Allard J2-X. Even though it was almost a 3 hour drive each way, it was well worth it, and we intend to return with others as opportunities arise. I would strongly recommend anyone near or visiting the Tampa area to make a reservation and plan on spending a couple of hours there...and at $10 admission (free for Veterans, half-price for senior and kids,) even the most miserly should be able to afford it. https://collectiononpalmetto.com/
  10. Anyone thinking of replacing a trailer better check prices. The price of a new ones has increased 50-100% in less than a year...which will drive up prices of used ones as well. I guess part of it is costs of materials have increased...a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood is now approaching $100.
  11. 1895 Duryea Ad 1896 Winton Ad 1897 Haynes Ad 1898 Winton Ad 1899 Autocar Ad
  12. Ed, FL DMV will accept a serial number check done by a DMV rep, dealer, or cop in another state. At least they did for me with a bike I purchased in MN. And in reverse, PA accepted a serial number verification by a Cocoa Beach cop to clear up a title problem with a car I bought there and had already brought to FL. But again, this is all in Breeeevard County where our DMV reps seem to be more cooperative than what you're dealing with.
  13. The ads I've found are in hard copy books of vintage advertisements, published within the past 20 years or so. All have copywrite protection statements. One says: "All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or used in any forms by any means - graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying or storage and retrieval systems - without written permission from the copywrite holder." That's enough for me to believe I should not be wantonly copying them here from that source. Regards, George
  14. I've now found some ads dated to 1888 but will not copy-paste them here due to concerns of copywrite infringement.
  15. The first known car advertisement appeared in an 1898 edition of Scientific American. Titled: Dispense with the Horse, the Winton Motor Carriage Company stated the hydrocarbon engine produced no odors or vibration, and cost about 1/2 cent a mile to operate.
  16. David, the pleasure was all mine/ours. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent visiting with you. Thank you for opening your garage and cars for us. It was an honor signing your garage door. We had spent the previous week in NC-TN riding The Tail of the Dragon, and doing other touristy stuff. The dog leg on the way home to FL for the opportunity to meet you and see your cars was well worth it. Regards, George
  17. When did cars transition from running board luggage carriers to rear mounted external trunks? Thanks, George
  18. I spent a couple of hours in the Revs Institute Museum in Naples, FL, this past weekend. The 150+ cars on display are billed as one of the finest personal collection in the world. Perhaps...but not to me. It was very heavily flavored toward foreign race cars, with a large Porsche contingent. There were some American makes displayed, but they were in the minority. There were perhaps a dozen or so U.S. significant antique cars, including a Duesenberg, a couple of full-classic Packard, and a Pierce Arrow. One of the original Corvette Grand Sports is on on display. The shop tour is worth the additional ticket cost for a behind-the-scenes look. I was surprised to hear the docent tour guide say they paint antique cars with the same methods which were used 100 years ago, including brush application, waiting up to 18 days for the varnish to dry, and hand-rubbing to get the final finish. I got bit by their no-flash photography policy. For some reason I couldn't get the flash turned off on my SLR Canon 50D, so thought I'd try to take a few pictures with it anyways. Within seconds of the first flash, I was reminded of the policy and directed to take non-flash pictures. As usual, taking pictures with my not-so-trusty phone resulted in very blurry pictures. They looked okay on the tiny phone screen, but when I downloaded them on my PC at home, I was disappointed with the lack of clarity. Museum tours are by on-line ticket sales only. There were 9 people in my tour group. Was it worth the visit? Yes. Will I go back? Probably not. Here's the web site for anyone contemplating a visit. https://revsinstitute.org/
  19. No. I don't believe there was a thermostat.
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