Tom Laferriere

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  1. 1969 was the last year for the Shelby Mustang, however, unsold 1969 models were given 1970 vehicle identification numbers with 2 visuals changes; front spoiler and two black hood stripes. Now based on the new SportsRoof and convertible Mustang body styles, Shelby’s newly designed Mustang shared very little resemblance to the production Mustang. The GT350 and GT500 were still available in both fastback or convertible. The front end design on the ’69 Shelby was completely new. Both the fenders and the hood were fiberglass and created a large rectangular grille opening which carried two 7 inch headlights. Beneath the bumper, Lucas foglamps were mounted. The hood contained three forward-facing NASA scoops, the center one providing air to into the engine’s intake system. Also on the hood were two rear-facing scoops. Brake scoops can be found on the front fenders, as did the rear, all providing air to the brakes. Rear scoops can be found on convertibles mounted lower in order to prevent any interference with the convertible top mechanism. In the rear, fiberglass extensions were added to the fiberglass deck lid to create a pronounced spoiler. ’65 Thunderbird taillights were used, and a unique aluminum exhaust collector exited in the center beneath the bumper. Side stripes can be found on both models with either GT350 or GT500 lettering at the front fender in front of the brake scoop. Snake emblems can be found behind the rear side windows and also on the left side of the front grille. Also, Cobra Jet emblems, like the ones found on the ’68 GT500KR, were used on the GT500’s front fenders. The interior of the Shelby was once again the production Mustang’s Deluxe Interior Decor Group, available in either black or white, with Shelby identification on the door panels, steering wheel and passenger’s dash. The console top housed two two Stewart Warner gauges, oil and amps, along with two toggle switches for foglamps and courtesy lights. The instrument cluster contained a 8000 rpm tachometer, 140 mph speedometer and fuel gauges. All of the fastback Shelbys once again have the inertia-reel harnesses while the convertibles kept the same 1968 type roll bar. This Shelby was the recipient of a 15 year long, fully documented restoration including all receipts and pictures along the way. Over $175,000 was spent to make this one of the finest Shelbys you will ever see. NOS parts were used whenever possible (Lucas lights, marker lights, boomerang moldings, door handles, strikers, dash, scuff plates, etc) and it was was completed, it was never driven or shown. Libbey’s Classic Car Restoration Center, Inc. of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts performed its rotisserie restoration. For documentation, it has its Marti report, factory build sheet, and dealer invoice as well as being listed in the Shelby Registry (under John Willams), which whom it was purchased from in 1989 by the current owner. Matching 428 CJ engine/transmission with 3:50 Traction-Lok differential which is just a perfect combination for cruising and to get up and GO…and that it does exceptionally well. Powerful, quiet engine with no noises or smoke of any kind. The transmission shifts nicely up and down all the gears, brakes perfectly, and steers straight. Great oil pressure, charging appropriately, and no overheating issues or any other issues whatsoever. Add the factory cold Air-Conditioning and it makes the driving experience that much better. I don’t think you will find a better example. Located in Smithfield, RI and offered at $98,000. All photographs and details at the link.
  2. 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup Engine No. A587404 40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5 in. This Model A Ford Roadster has been owned and cared for by a prominent local Ford collector for the past 45 years. It runs, drives, stops, cools and charges just like it should. Its older cosmetic restoration is beginning to show some signs of years of enjoyment, hopefully the pictures have picked up on this detail. Motor was rebuilt over 35 years ago and runs and sounds just like it should with no funny noises or smoking of any kind. The owner reports that this Model A is 100% Henry Ford. This Model A is located in Smithfield, RI and asking $19,500. All photos at the link.
  3. 1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Sedan I have come across a lot of automobiles throughout the years and this particular Ford stands out as one the best I have come across. It’s never been apart or the body off the frame, it’s simply been maintained as needed through its life. Paint was redone was well as the interior in all the correct materials and colors. It starts easily, runs, drives, stops, cools and charges just like it should. No smoking or funny engine noises. Motor has never been apart. Its current doting owner is the 2nd owner, a neighbor and early mentor of mine. He bought it in 1966 from the original owner. Beautiful, correct car, unmolested automobile ready for immediate use and enjoyment upon receipt. Properly maintained as needed thought its life. Absolute Turn-Key car correct throughout. This Ford is located in Smithfield, RI and is offered at $46,500. More pictures at the link:
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    1930 Cadillac V-16 Club Sedan

    1930 Cadillac Sixteen Club Sedan Chassis No. 702577 Body Style 4361S Body No. 248 160 bhp, 452 ohv V-16 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 148 in. In retrospect it seems mad to have introduced an all-new sixteen-cylinder luxury car just as the nation sank into depression, but in January 1930 the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash was not anticipated, nor were its lingering effects foreseen. In any case, Cadillac had been working on the project for some time, and was intent on reaching the market before Howard Marmon had his own sixteen in dealer showrooms. In the latter, Cadillac succeeded, as the new car, with the world’s first production V-16, bowed on January 4, 1930, at the National Automobile Show at New York’s Grand Central Palace. The late historian Griffith Borgeson recalled: “It really made history and it made Cadillac, beyond all discussion, the absolute world leader in motoring magnificence…It was the super engine that set the whole exercise apart.” The brain behind this powerplant was Owen Nacker, an industry veteran who had worked on Marmon’s long-simmering V-16. Nacker’s first Cadillac project was the V8 for companion make LaSalle in 1927; shortly thereafter he was working on Cadillac’s V-16. Nacker ignored much of Cadillac tradition. The new engine was had overhead valves, which Cadillac had never used. Overhead valves were noisy, but Nacker adopted a new hydraulic lifter setup developed by GM engineering, effectively providing zero-lash operation. Overhead valves allowed moving the exhaust manifolds to the outside, important because the narrow 45-degree vee left little room in the center. The large aluminum crankcase held five main bearings and the crankshaft was counterweighted and fitted with a vibration dampener. The timing chain also drove the generator. The two cylinder blocks had cast nickel-iron liners extending down into the crankcase. The heads were cast iron. The central camshaft, with roller-type followers, worked tubular pushrods, which in turn drove short rocker arms. The new zero-lash hydraulic lifters made it all very silent. The new sixteen was, in effect, two engines sharing a crankcase and crankshaft. Each block had a complete fuel system, including carburetor and vacuum tank, and its own exhaust. There was one distributor with two coils, which were recessed into the radiator’s header tank. The engine’s power pulses, which occurred every 45 degrees of rotation, overlapped to produce incredible smoothness. Brake horsepower was initially 160; eventually rising to 185, and it produced 300 pound-feet of torque at idle. The engine was not only an engineering masterpiece, it was a work of art, claimed to be the first powerplant that was truly styled. Wood and clay models were made of the engine as development progressed, and studied for simplicity and appearance, as well as serviceability. All wiring and hoses were concealed to the extent possible, hidden behind covers or in raceways. Viewed from outside the engine compartment there was no clutter whatsoever. There were lots of bodies from which to choose, 54 in the catalog, from roadster to town car, all from Fleetwood. Some were built in Fleetwood’s original facility in Pennsylvania, others at the new Detroit plant. Many of them did triple duty, available also in the V-12 and V-8 lines. In September, Cadillac introduced a twelve-cylinder version of the engine by simply removing the end cylinders on each bank. The Sixteen’s wheelbase was a vast 148 inches; by 1934 it would grow to 154, the longest of any American car. A few chassis were bodied by outside coachbuilders, such as Murphy, but not many. After the V-16 had made the circuit tour of US shows, a trio of cars was sent abroad to Europe, where they were enthusiastically received. This was also true at home, for 2,887 found customers by the end of the year. According to research by Cadillac Sixteen authority Chris Cummings, this Club Sedan was “shipped to the factory,” company shorthand for a company-owned dealership or a car for executive use, on August 12, 1930. On January 16, 1931, however, it was “returned for credit,” and on January 23rd sent to General Motors of Canada at Oshawa, Ontario. The order specifies it was shipped again, on January 31st, to be delivered to the customer, a Mr. Collacutt, at Walkerville, Ontario, a suburb of Windsor. Mr. Collacutt apparently had specific tastes, as the build sheet instructs “ReDuco entire upper and lower panels as specified,” which refers to the Brewster Green Medium color appearing on the order. “Duco” was the trademark for DuPont’s nitrocellulose lacquer, so in effect the car was repainted. The order further specifies a black roof, fenders and wire wheels. Sidemount fender wells were specified, and six blackwall tires. It is not known how long Mr. Collacutt kept the car, but by 1952 it was owned by Murray Dalglish of Sudbury, Ontario. Dalglish had been told by the previous owner that it had been the personal car of Col. R.S. “Sam” McLaughlin, president of GM Canada, but there is no documentation for this. After two more Canadian owners, it was sold the McGowan brothers of Branford, Connecticut. The brothers, Frank, Bob, Dennis and Jack, comprised an Irish folk music group, the Fabulous Farquahrs, that became popular in New England in the 1960s. Already active in classic car circles, when the popularity of folk music waned they formed an automobile restoration business, C. Farquahr Company. The McGowans sold the Cadillac to Dick Garrett in Houston. Garrett advertised it in the CCCA Bulletin in 1984, and sold it to Edward Perkins of Guilford, Connecticut. Perkins traded it to Charlie Harper of Meredith, New Hampshire, the following year. Brian Keating of Plainfield, New Hampshire, became the owner, recommissioning it after a decade’s disuse and selling it to Bill Hill of Temperance, Michigan. It was next sold at auction in September 2011. The current owner purchased it in 2012. The Brewster Green paint presents well, although some of it has flaked off. Otherwise it’s original, including the upholstery. The interior, in Wiese 3363 dark taupe, shows some use but is in remarkable condition. The instrument panel is similarly appointed, the odometer showing barely 43,000 miles. The car runs and drives well. All components on Build Sheet Match. Asking 165,000 and its located in Smithfield, RI
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    1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

    Hello ChuDwah, I was not a subscriber to this technique until I have encountered many buyers (some new to hobby and some seasoned) that didn't know some of the basics during phone and email conversations. Sometimes I learn a thing or two as I am researching the write up! 🙂 The more you know...
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    1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

    Chassis No. A3700980 Body Style 76-B 40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5 in. Ford Motor Company added a pickup model to the Model T line in 1925. Owners had improvised them from passenger cars for many years, so the newly-available factory models became very popular. Production in 1926, the last full year, surpassed 75,000. These were all of open cab or “roadster” configuration. When the new Model A bowed in late 1927, the line naturally included a pickup. Essentially a Model A version of the T pickup, it was of Open Cab configuration, as Ford called it. The bed was a direct T carryover and was mated to the rear fenders used on Model A coupes and roadsters. The top, although similar to that of roadsters, was fixed in place. Matching side curtains were supplied, but like all early open Model As there were no outside door handles. Finally, in August 1928 a Closed Cab pickup was introduced, with the rectangular “phone booth” cab that characterized Ford’s heavy Model AA commercials. For 1930, the commercial body styles adopted the passenger cars’ restyling in incremental stages. The 76-A cab for the open pickup continued, but in June both Open and Closed Cab styles were updated. The 82-B Closed Cab models used front sheet metal from the Tudor sedan, while the 76-B Open Cab style took pieces from the Standard Roadster. There were now exterior door handles and a new top, which was removable, but did not fold. Open Cab Pickups remained in production through the Model A’s lifetime and beyond, although the comfort of the Closed Cab came to dominate the market. The last Open Cab Ford pickups, just 347 of them, were produced in 1934. The current owner, a prominent collector of rare Model As, restored this Open Cab Pickup himself. Presented in Rubelite Red, a new color for trucks introduced mid-year, it has authentic Straw body pinstriping and traditional black fenders and wheels. It has the correct black-painted steel radiator shell used on Model A light commercials; over the years many have been replaced by the more durable stainless steel shells from passenger cars. Following restoration it has received AACA First Junior, Senior and Grand National honors. These were followed by Senior Grand National and Repeat Senior Grand National awards. Most recently, it has achieved seven Preservation Awards. The body contours are perfect and the paint is superb. The top is done in correct grained artificial leather, similar to that used on the seat. The engine compartment and undercarriage are correctly and immaculately detailed, right down to the tapered original-equipment style tapered muffler. The tires are correct 4.75 x 19 Firestone blackwalls, with a sidemount spare on the left. Included are side curtains with correct mounting rods, for use in inclement weather. The truck starts easily and runs exceedingly well. As with all well-tuned Model As, at idle speed and retarded spark you can count each cylinder firing. Built in June 1930, this is among the first of the updated Open Cab Pickups. With just 3,429 built, this1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup is also one of the rarest, the ideal addition to any Model A collection. Located in Westerly Rhode Island and asking $38,500. All pictures at the link:
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    Several million dollar collection for sale.

    Who's phone number is that? Dick is a friend of mine living 15 minutes from me (knows this thread) and I have his home, mobile and business numbers. That quoted phone number is not one of them. I dont think this thread is doing anyone any good.
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    Several million dollar collection for sale.

    Every one of these cars are owned by Dick Shappy.
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    1950 Oldsmobile 98 Deluxe Futuramic

    A little bump to put it on top
  10. Tom Laferriere

    1908 REO For Sale

    All pictures here:
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    1908 REO For Sale

    Chris, we should discuss trading. ?
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    1908 REO For Sale

    Oh boy, I like that!
  13. Tom Laferriere

    Looking for american lafrance speedster

    On the highway....
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    Looking for american lafrance speedster

    Here is an interview on "why". Its also the same car I am selling.