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  1. Greetings,


    These are amazing pages with an incredible amount of Peerless info - congrats and thanks for all the hard work!


    It is impossible to keep up with all the library and archival digitzations, so I wonder if you have seen this image from the Philadelphia Free Library's Automotive Collection? The collection has been sold and will be split between the Simeone Foundation in Philadelphia and the AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey - very exciting news!


    The Free Library has digitized a boatload of vintage auto show images, including this one from the 1917 Cleveland Auto Show showing the Peerless stand.

    Though it's quite damaged the important info is there and dead center is a Model 56 Sporting Roadster,  priced at $2,250.



    Cleveland Automobile Show 1917 Peerless. Photographic Prints. Free Library of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA.


    My question pertains to this Peerless photo for sale at the AACA Library's ebay store, labelled "1925 Peerless Silver Eight Phaeton, Factory Photo (Ref. #63622)"

    It's shown in the 1925 New York Auto Show, held that year in the Bronx Armory and part of the Silver Anniversary celebration of the NY Auto Show.



    Given its light color, was this a special car for the New York show? I'm curious because I have another image of what appears to be the same car at the same time frame and don't know its Model or Series number. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    Tom Gibson

  2. So, it's a KA five-passenger Model 531 Convertible Sedan-Phaeton, designed  by LeBaron, built by Lincoln on special order on the 136-inch wheelbase.

    Sources show 75 built, so perhaps the "one of 17" means that many were ordered with dual sidemounts.

    With a $95K reserve, it's going to be collecting dust for some time.




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    It's very exciting to see the battered 1905 Glidden Trophy out in natural elements at the VMCCA Meet.



    1910 Nathan Lazarnick photo of the Glidden Trophy.

    Even then, it appears that the little silver 1901 Napier, perched atop

    the trophy, representing the car the Gilddens used on their multi-year

    world tour is missing or perhaps just removed for safety's sake.




    Its porcelain enameled finish shows plenty of abuse, and recent images indicate major touch-ups.


    Thanks to the AACA Library & Research Center for bringing that early 16mm color film back to life!



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  4. On 1/1/2019 at 8:41 PM, 61polara said:

    Your switch may have been replaced with an aftermarket switch or is rotated out of position.  Straight up is on, left is off, but unlocked and right is locked on the original switch.


    Close, but straight up is on, left is off and locked, and right is off and unlocked on the original switch.

    I just drove mine two days ago and can confirm.



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    The Anderson-Overland Company was built in 1924-25 in Anderson, SC, as an Overland dealership and was later Olds-Cadillac, Buick,

    AMC, then Datsun/British-Leyland. Designed by local architects Casey and Fant, in 1981 it became storage for a car repair shop,

    and fortunately its original tri-fold showroom  doors survive for the building's future restoration.


    There are mezzanine level offices, with access by a ramp from the showroom, street level to an unfettered upstairs space with

    parking for about a dozen cars. Three of us AACA'ers use the building for car storage and light repairs.


    The AACA Library & Research Center's 1955 Chevy Bookmobile shared this upstairs space for many years before its 2011 donation.

    Here she is making a Rip Van Winkle-like debut coming down the ramp after years of slumber.



    It's a pretty cool place, and an amazing survivor!


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  6. Pick a color, any color, and add a clay tile roof. Plaza Vieja was restored in period colors under the auspices of the Historiador de La Cuidad

    de La Habana,  Dr. Eusebio Leal. For an old building in the Provinces, you can't go wrong with beige with white or blue trim. 






  7. 18 minutes ago, Gkreindler said:

    Now, on the notion of being even more off-topic and obscure, might any of you have any knowledge about the history of architecture in Cuba? I'm also looking to make a guess about the color of the building in the background, but ya know, wanted to make sure it was an educated guess.


    It looks like corrugated or flat tin panels framed in wood, with a basket-weave wood fencing above, nothing special.



  8. I can't fill in any blanks about how or why the Packard is in the photo, but I can give you a couple of ballpark suggestions on where it came from. 


    At the time of the photo, the Packard Distributor for Cuba was J. Ulloa y Cia., which ran a dealership in La Habana at 3-5 Prado, beside the Hotel Biscuit. If it's his car, Señor Linares could have bought it there, or it may have come as checked baggage on one the many ships that arrived weekly in the various ports around Cuba. Obviously, all automobiles arrived by ship whether they were part of dealer stock or were brought in by private owners. This ad from a 1926 issue of SOCIAL magazine shows a similar Packard Single Six.




    The "Dance of the Millions," the wild postwar fluctuation in Cuban sugar prices from 1919-20 played havoc on the island's financial structure, but I don't know how it affected baseball or Señor Linares' finances. In 1920, Cuba's income from sugar was $794,000,000, and in 1921 plummeted to $280,000,000. By 1923, sugar income had rebounded to $422,600,000.


    This small, grainy image from the June, 1921 El Automóvil Americano shows J. Ulloa y Cia. at 3-5 Prado, where they retailed Chandler, Chevrloet, Cleveland and Packard cars, plus Packard and Federal trucks; later, the address changed to 53 Paseo de Marti. The Prado and the Paseo de Marti are one in the same, and this is one rare instance where the street numbers have changed.. Behind it is the Hotel Biscuit. 




    There is no doubt that J. Ulloa y Compañia's fortunes rose and fell, too, but I believe (and have yet to prove) that around 1931 they bought the former Hotel Biscuit and renamed it Hotel Packard. Both the dealership and the Hotel Packard remained at their locations till the Revolution though, by 1958, J. Ulloa y Cia. was selling Porsches at the 53 Paseo de Marti store.  Who knows, perhaps Señor Linares' Packard arrived in the hold of one of the United Fruit Company's ships, as depicted in this postcard...




    Image from Cubaism. com


    The Iberostar Grand Hotel Packard Havana just opened after dramatic renovations and additions, having laid empty in ruins for at least 20 years. I was there in November and had drinks in the 6th floor bar/restaurant, taking in the sweeping views out over the infinity pool of La Punta Fuerza and El Castillo del Morro. which I strongly suggest you do if you are ever in La Habana.





    Anyway, continued success and, 

    ¡Feliz año nuevo!




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  9. A week ago last Sunday, took the Roadmistress to a friend's gathering at her family's 1790 Century Farm, "Boxwood Manor" in Sandy Springs, SC.



    They have an annual Fall Festival, with food, music, artisans' works and other vendors, plus a small car show.



    Her son makes the coolest jack o'lanterns from old oil, gas and watering cans.



    Just in time for Halloween, I couldn't resist getting a couple!





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  10. "The C-platform was new for 1940 and featured a wider body with no running boards.  That platform was used for the Buick Super and Roadmaster for 1940 and 41, the Cadillac Series 62, and the large series Oldsmobile." 


    The C-Body of 1940 was also shared by the Pontiac Torpedo Eight on the 122-inch wheelbase, one of those times (through '41) when a Pontiac would wear the big body. For 1941, an A-Body was shared among all GM lines except Cadillac, that mimicked the wildly popular C-Body design.


    I'm going to be monitoring your resto progress for tips for some friends in Cuba who are are working on a '40 Super 56C, the only real Super convertible left on the island. 




    Best wishes,


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  11. On 9/7/2018 at 8:08 PM, lancemb said:

    Thanks Jim.  Someone on this forum once said that 2.75" was correct, but Dave says 2.5".  Not sure if Roadmaster might have been a tad bigger since they were bigger size tires?


    Given that our '57s were assembled in 8 plants all over the country, with local sourcing, can anyone even prove there was a standard whitewall width?

    Is there is a company directive specifying both tire brand and ww width?

  12. That's the former Cofer Collection Tucker #34 in Waltz Blue. It lived in Tucker, GA for decades until it was auctioned a few years ago.

    Mr. Gene Cofer let us use it, his favorite of a large collection, to establish our Main Street Car Show in Anderson, SC, in 2000.

    Over the years it's been on the street a lot, for parades and promotional events to benefit the hobby.


    Seen here at the 2000 inaugural show and in our former downtown garage,  when Dave Bowman got to drive it a bit during the week it was in Anderson, taking #34 one afternoon to visit residents of a downtown retirement home.





    The lady in the pink blouse, her father was a dentist (in the B&W photo, the man in the white brimmed hat with his hands on his hips)

    who bought the rights for the Tucker dealership when #17 came here in 1948 and, of course, lost his shirt.

    Don't know if it was that particular shirt he was wearing that day...  ?






    #34 was the most-original Tucker extant before its sale, and was restored after that purchase.



  13. On 7/9/2018 at 1:30 PM, lancemb said:

    That is correct.  Also, note on the tag  Mod. 57-53; model 53 is the Super Sedan.  That tag does not belong with that car if it is a coupe.  I'd stay far away from this car.


    I should have double-checked before, but it should be Mod. 57- 56R rather than 57-53.

    Like lancemb says, plus with the incorrect title info, tell your dad to run away from this one.