Tom Laferriere

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  1. That is a great car for reasonable money.
  2. 1924 American LaFrance Speedster, S/N 4445, 126” wheelbase. All systems 12volt with alternator, new rod bearings and mains adjusted at restoration. American LaFrance exhaust whistle, Rams Horn Intake. 20 year old restoration, car driven on many tours, not a trailer queen. Good runner and driver, could use some paint touch up mostly on hood from heat and age. Sprockets changed, 875 RPM yields 45 MPH. This was the Speedster I met about 20 years ago that got me hooked on ALF Speedsters! It was the very first ALF speedster I ever saw and the owner offered to take me for a ride and it was a ride I never forgot. This was built by its current and very talented owner and has been toured 1,000 of miles since. This car can be entered into any rally upon receipt! Great Race 2020? Located in Michigan. $89,500. Video and Additional pictures at the link.
  3. 1956 Packard Caribbean Chassis No. 5699-1254 Series 5699. 310 bhp, 374 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine with Ultramatic transmission, front and rear Torsion Level suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127” Once the best-selling American prestige manufacturer, Packard lost its primacy to Cadillac in the early 1950s. Until the 1920s, Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow comprised the “Three Ps” of luxury automobiles. Of the three, only Packard survived the Depression, largely on the strength of a line of medium-priced cars introduced in 1935. Dramatic new “Clipper” styling in 1941 was so popular that the more traditional “Senior” series were dropped after World War II. New president James Nance arrived from appliance manufacturer Hotpoint in 1952. His new strategy was to distinguish the entry-level series from larger Packards, both visually and in prestige. Re-introducing the Clipper name for 1953, he applied it to the least expensive Packards, although his desire for a separate marque name was never fully implemented. Clippers had simple trim, smaller engines and fewer amenities, while the top-line Patrician series featured longer wheelbases, more elegant trim and a line of Executive sedans by Henney Motor Company, the professional car builders. At the top of the upper-mid-level series called simply “Packard” was a new Caribbean convertible. Modified by Mitchell-Bentley Corporation, the Caribbean had a full leather interior, chrome wire wheels, enlarged wheel openings, hood scoops and custom paint in one of four colors. Continued for 1954, the Caribbean was differentiated less from other Packard models but had its own distinct trim and was fully optioned. The 1955 model year brought great changes to Packard. A new skin gave the bodies a distinctly different appearance, and Packard’s first V-8 engine made its debut, in two sizes. The Caribbean returned as part of the Series 5580 Packard line, its hood scoops carried over and a distinctive rear fender treatment applied above the taillights. All available options, with the exception of air conditioning, were again included. The larger 352 cubic inch V-8 was fed by dual Rochester four-barrel carburetors, and the new electrically-operated Torsion Level suspension was standard. For 1956, the Caribbean became a model range unto itself, Series 5688, and a hardtop coupe was added to the line. Dual carburetion was continued, and increased displacement of 374 cubic inches resulted in a horsepower boost to 310. Acquired by the current owner in 1996, this handsome 1956 Caribbean convertible was previously owned by avid Packard collector Maximilian B. Roessel of Newton, New Jersey, whose name appears on a brass plaque on the dashboard. Its build sheet shows delivery to the Philadelphia branch in June of that year, consistent with its serial number 254 of 276 built. It was repainted in the original tri-tone colors of Dover White, Danube Blue and Roman Copper, one of four exclusive combinations. Performed by renowned restorer Steve Babinsky, whose work is recognized with many Pebble Beach awards, the task involved considerable disassembly and new weatherstripping. The reversible interior was also redone in correct matching fashion by Everlast Auto Interiors of Linden, New Jersey. The top likewise has been replaced in grained white vinyl, albeit without the correct contrasting color liner. The trim was professionally refurbished as necessary, replating some items and polishing others. The front bumper and taillights, for example, are original. The luggage compartment is clean and correctly detailed. An added bonus is inclusion of extra paint in all three colors, a few oil filters and various vital fluids. Mechanically the car has been consistently maintained throughout its 95,000-mile history. The only deviations from standard are an electronic ignition and installation of front seat belts and Goodyear Custom Cushion radial tires. The power braking system and transmission have been rebuilt, the latter by Ultramatic specialist Ross Miller, the push button controller by John Lauter. A new ring and pinion have also been fitted. The Torsion Level suspension works properly, as do all other conveniences like the power windows, power driver’s seat and the radio, interior lights. The engine, while in its original state, is peppy, does not smoke and has performed admirably with good oil pressure for nearly 20,000 miles of touring in its current ownership. The 1956 Caribbean convertible is exceeded in rarity only by its sibling hardtop coupe, of which just 263 were built. The 1956 Packard was one of the most technically advanced American automobiles of its day. This is a chance to acquire an extremely nice example with no excuses. This 1956 Packard Caribbean is located in Smithfield, RI and the price is $69,500. Many more pictures located at the link.
  4. The paperwork the seller has is all a buyer will need. If a car is registered in one of the 50 states to the owner/seller, it can be transferred to any other state or country. Quite simple.
  5. Ooops! I may have borrowed that from our 1939 Brunn description . Thank you for pointing it out. This car is a great driver and it should be continued to be driven. I took it to Home Depot last year and collaped the rear so I could get the 2X4's in. Should have got a picture!
  6. Hi all, I am assisting in building a car collection and we are now seeking a 1942 Buick Model 90L (8 Passenger, Divider window). They made a 192 of them. 🙂 I am a member of the Buick Club and have reached out other owners of said vehicle as well. If you know of one, please let me know. Thank you, Tom Laferriere 401-651-2295
  7. 1938 Packard Twelve All-Weather Cabriolet Coachwork by Brunn Engine no. A600416 Body no. 5 Series 1608. 175 bhp, 473.3 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed column-shifted manual transmission with overdrive, coil-spring independent front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf-spring rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139 in. Packard’s final factory-catalogued custom bodies were offered in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Series of 1938-39, respectively, including two offerings, the all-weather cabriolet and touring cabriolet, from the famed Brunn & Company of Buffalo, New York. The all-weather cabriolet was based upon Packard convertible sedan body stampings, though the stampings were so extensively reworked by Brunn that the result was truly “custom.” It could be had with two different top variations, with or without a landaulet top over the rear passenger compartment; either version came with a driver’s compartment that could be opened to the air, for truly formal use. The interior was lavishly appointed, with finely tailored upholstery and other fitments. Examples of the Brunn all-weather cabriolet have figured into the collections of many prominent enthusiasts, not least among them the late, beloved racing driver and Packard collector, Phil Hill. This particular all-weather cabriolet is identified by its Brunn body tag as having been the fifth produced, and is reportedly one of five extant survivors from the Sixteenth Series of 1938. It was acquired by a noted western U.S. enthusiast in the early 1990s from the collection of Don Koll of Newport Beach. While in this ownership, the car received a complete engine rebuild, by the well-known marque specialists Classic & Exotic Service of Troy, Michigan, in 2003, after which it was occasionally used for several years before its sale to the present owner in 2012. The restoration is older but well-maintained, and the car boasts several very charming features, including a period rooftop blue light that would have helped the owner pick it out among the black limousines jostling for space on a crowded street outside the ballroom or theatre. Exceptionally elegant and graceful in its appearance, this is a lovely survivor from the last years of true “catalogue customs” in the Packard line, and a superb design from one of America’s finest coachbuilders. Located in Smithfield, RI and reasonably priced at $124,500. Full photoshoot next week. More details at link.
  8. Matt, do you know the difference in the curved divider on the Formal and the Limo Divider (straight?)
  9. I don't believe so. Original interior however.
  10. It's on consignment from the NJ owner. Yes, there is a town town car somewhere, I recall seeing it, however we do not know of another formal sedan V-12. If you have that mag, can you take a few pictures of the article?
  11. 1961 Buick Electra 225 Convertible The Electra, along with the Invicta and LeSabre, was redesigned for 1961 with drastically shrunken fins, and was joined with the all-new compact sized Skylark/Special. Electras featured bright rocker panel and wheelhouse moldings. Four VentiPorts per front fender were a hallmark, with identification spelled out on the front fender plaques. Electra 225s had four “hash marks” interrupting behind the wheelhouse of the rear fender. Electra 225 nameplates were found on the front fenders. Electra interiors were trimmed in fabric. Electra 225s were trimmed in Calais cloth or leather trim, except for convertibles which were trimmed in vinyl. Standard equipment on the Electra included Turbine-Drive automatic transmission, “Mirromatic” instrument panel, directional signals, full-flow oil filter, electric windshield wipers, Deluxe steering wheel, trip mileage indicator, cigar lighter, Step-On brake, dual armrests, cloth and vinyl trim, combinations, carpeting, power steering, power brakes, two-speed windshield wiper/washer system, glovebox light, Custom-padded seat cushions and Deluxe wheelcovers. Two-tone Electras had the color accent on the rear cove. In addition Electra 225s had back-up lights, Glare-proof rearview mirror, parking lights, signal light, safety buzzer, courtesy lights, two-way power seat, Super Deluxe wheelcovers with gold accents and power windows. The Electra and Electra 225 were the same length in 1961. Buick discontinued the Electra nameplate at the end of the 1961 model year, leaving only the Electra 225 starting in 1962. This 1961 Buick Electra 225 is quite the nice car. My first impression was how clean and straight it was. The colors are quite attractive and the interior is very striking in its red tones. The car runs and drives very well and everything appears to be in working order, including the clock! We suspect engine is original and has never been apart. Records show it was restored by Rich’s Auto Body in Pierz, Minnesota while owned by the Maier’s. It's a great car ready for enjoyment. Call for details. The Buick is located in Smithfield, RI and we are asking $29,500. Many pictures at the link:
  12. This 1937 Cadillac Twelve Formal Sedan by Fleetwood is Style 37-7509F with 150 bhp, 368 cu. in. overhead valve V-12 engine mated to a three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission with independent front suspension residing on a 138″ Wheelbase. • Believed to be the only twelve-cylinder fastback formal sedan produced • Used by the Munster family in the first season of the TV series • CCCA Award winner This lovely twelve-cylinder formal sedan was ordered in early October of 1937, by a Doctor Thompson, of Glendale, California. It was delivered through the famed Don Lee Cadillac distributorship in Los Angeles. Of the 43 V-12 chassis with divider window coachwork, only 11 of those examples were of the Style 37-7509F variety. The “F” at the end of the style designation refers to Formal, referring to the padded leather top. It is believed that of those examples, 10 were the so-called humpback style with a bustle-back rear end, leaving this as the only fastback example built. By 1964, the car was in the hands of noted West Coast collector and television writer Bob Mosher, who was so enthralled with the car that he immediately wrote it into several episodes of the hit television series The Munsters. It was the star of an episode entitled “The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster” and can clearly be seen in the episode numerous times, with its original interior, paint, and trim. It is seen today exactly as ordered. Today, the Cadillac retains its original coachwork, engine, chassis, transmission, and interior. It has travelled 50,000 miles since new and, combined with its long-term care by a series of collectors, it presents in an outstanding state of preservation. In 1968, it was awarded Senior Badge Number 412 at the CCCA Texas Grand Classic. It appeared at the Amelia Island Concours in 2008, and it also participated in the CARavan that year. Included in the car file is a copy of the original build sheet, correspondence from several different owners, stills from the episodes featuring the car, season one of The Munsters on DVD, a full service manual, and its original tool roll. This Cadillac is located in Smithfield, RI and asking $59,500. Full photoshoot scheduled.
  13. Yes, 3 weeks ago. Great car! Best running and driving V-16 I ever drove. Nice when they are all original.
  14. For 300K, I have 1930 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton your client should consider.
  15. Although I admire the 4 speed option in my car due to its rarity, automatic and air is the way to go...My 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7 then and now. My high School car, sold in the early 90's and re-acquired two years ago.
  16. The Buick Riviera offered here was certainly a pride of ownership. Previous owner and restorer owned it for 45 years and sold it two years ago to current owner. Prior history to 1974 is unknown. This car received a body-off frame restoration many years ago and has been enjoyed and cared for since. Its beautiful Riviera Plum paint and interior color is just delicious. Endless amount of time and energy has gone into this car and it shows. It has 83,101 miles on the car and engine, no records anywhere would indicate a rebuilt engine. It starts, runs, drives, steers, charges, stops and cools very well so no concerns there. There are a few items we can report after testing the car: Power antenna goes up easily, slips going down. Original Radio does not work The heating system does not blow warm air, we suspect the hot water valve is not opening, the vacuum line going to it does not have vacuum. The A/C compressor kicks on properly when called for, but I am unable to tell if its truly blowing cold. The transmission is seeping fluid. All lights and hideaway headlights working properly. Windshield wipers work, washers do not. Tires are older, new owner should plan on purchasing new tires Currently RI safety inspected until July 2019 Transmission indicator not working There is a molding on the dashboard missing. Heater and A/C dashboard controls seem to be operating correctly. All gauges appear to be working. Sometimes the drivers interior door handle to exit the car doesn’t work. Will need an adjustment. When this happens I use the rear passenger exit handle. Power windows: Drivers quarter does not work. Drivers work good. Passenger works from drivers control down, not up. Passenger control controls both up and down. Passenger quarter works from drivers door. With all the windows, you can see all the motors “faintly clicking”, so it would appear all controls are working properly. All interior lights working More pictures at the link. Located in Smithfield, RI and asking $19,500