West Peterson

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  1. Here is a perfect way to help out AACA, and get something in return at the same time. It has been my privilege to know Gene Epstein for a long time. In the midst of getting two cars ready for major shows, he was in the final stages of publishing an autobiographical book, "Lemon Juice: The Confessions of a Used Car Dealer — A Metamorphosis." In its Prologue, he quickly captures the reader’s attention: “I was sitting at my desk ... and noticed a man ... standing by my office door. He was wearing a long black coat, which was unusual, as it was a warm sunny day. ... I motioned for him to come in. That was my first mistake. He slowly and quietly approached the desk where I was seated. He then leaned over my desk and from somewhere inside his coat, pulled out a large caliber revolver and pointed it directly at my head.” Needless to say, this was not how Gene envisioned beginning his morning at the office, but in his words, “the used car business was a tough occupation to be in.” Gene began buying and selling used cars early in life. At age 16, he borrowed $50 from his mother to buy a used car, which he sold the following day, tripling his investment. While his ingratiating personality made him a natural with sales, selling used cars wasn’t always a bed of roses. Some of you may know that Gene is an AACA member. He is generously donating ALL of his book’s proceeds to the AACA Building Fund. For the first 1,000 copies sold through Amazon or Lulu.com, AACA will receive the entire $19.95 purchase price. If you purchase Gene’s book, simply forward your electronic receipt to AACA, and AACA will receive all of the proceeds. For this endeavor, we have established a dedicated email address: BOOK@AACA.ORG My guess is that you will not be able to put the book down ... well ... at least not until the last page is turned. Happy reading, and thanks for supporting AACA with your purchase! LuLu Press 627 Davis Drive Morrisville, N.C. 27560 LuLu.com or Amazon.com Ebooks available from BarnesAndNoble.com and ibooks.com ISBN: 978-16847-113-6-9 316 p., paperback, 6” x 9” 350 b/w/color photos, $19.95 (All proceeds go directly to AACA)
  2. I have a very, very late production 1940 180. My jack is the one on the left.
  3. Good memory. We've owned it since 1969. Former Mrs. William Wriggly car.
  4. I don't think they all had it. Possibly was added later on during the production run, for obvious reasons of concern. Ours has it. Works well, too.
  5. Woodgrain also depends on the model. The car in Superior's post above looks to be based on a 120, and the woodgrain appears to be original. A Senior 1942 Packard normally had chrome around the windshield, and also chrome on the upper portion of the steering column. However, the color of the steering column looks to be correct, and would follow all the way to the steering box.
  6. Thanks, Al Not a huge difference from what Hebmuller did, but the shop in Sindelfingen got the fine points correct. The backlight window and spare tire cover makes a huge difference. Of course, the black tires add a LOT too.
  7. I would have thought a Spezial Coupe would be worth 10 times a Cab A. The Hebmuller coupe looks a LOT better in the dark color. I still don't much care for the bank-vault type windshield, and the cheap looking back light (looks like a window taken out of a camper trailer), with the even cheaper-looking spare tire cover. So, basically everything with Hebmuller's signature on it, needs to go away.
  8. Hard to say what dash woodgrain would look like on the commercial vehicle. Steering column should be the same color as the heater color. Kind of a tanish brown color.
  9. It's a hobby. Do it because you like it. Who golfs thinking their going to make money? I personally (if I had the money), would restore it back to its original Cab A configuration. Although it would make more sense to just buy a Cab A that needs nothing. If it looked somewhere near as good as a real Spezial Coupe, I'd leave it be, but I think the Hebmuller job looks pretty bad aesthetically.
  10. Not entirely true. I know that during one of the events, a Dino hit a jack rabbit. The driver said it was akin to hitting a coconut with a baseball bat.
  11. My dad was almost 90 when he bought his last two cars. One was a 1910 Maxwell and the other was a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country. He then drove the Town and Country on the CCCA Caravan from St. Louis to New Orleans, and then back home to Atlanta. I think it's a matter of how old you feel, vs the number.
  12. Estimated that about 39 may have been built. Six known to exist today. The original owner of our car was just 21 years old when he bought it.
  13. It was sold in the early 1970s, along with a Delahaye 135MS. Traded up to a Packard. The Delahaye photo was taken around 1969, the Packard photo was taken around 1973. Both the Bugatti and the Delahaye are now in Europe. I've also included current photos of each car as they exist today.