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  1. Wonderful images! 


    Harrah's Collection featured the New York to Paris Thomas Flyer on the cover of their 1965 Roster.

    We visited it in 1968 and I was hooked, and years later I purchased several rosters at a friend's estate sale.




    I'll let you figure out which of the collection's Rolls-Royces is in the color slide, from this listing in the '65 Roster. 





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  2. 1 hour ago, 46 woodie said:

    There is just something in the air at this time of year that tells us that HERSHEY is coming. Sadly as we all know, we won't be attending this year. This would have been number 52 for us, started in 1968, so you can imagine how we feel. Call me crazy, but I miss the mud. There were times that we took off our boots before walking into our motel. We were covered in mud up to our knees. I often wonder what the people that were staying in our motel, that didn't know about HERSHEY thought. Let's all pray that 2021 will be better.


    Given that there is no Hershey this year, 2021 will be your 53rd. For those who keep count if you have consecutive attendance for x-number of years, you still will when it resumes in 2021 - you can't miss something that didn't happen.



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  3. On 1/7/2020 at 4:07 AM, Narve N said:

    You are absolutely correct. Dammann and myself mixed it up and here is the same picture (low resolution) from a period Chrysler leaflet. It was a Kellner Cvt Cp made for King Carol II of Romania:







    The '31 Imperial by Kellner, from the July 1932 issue of Chrysler-Plymouth Overseas Graphic magazine,

    published for foreign markets by the Chrysler Export Corporation, Detroit, MI.

    It is by Alexis Kellner of Berlin, not Kellner of Paris. 





    A 1932 Imperial by Drauz for King Carol II, from from the January 1935 issue of Chrysler-Plymouth Overseas Graphic magazine.

    King Carol II had a large stable of coachbuilt cars.




    Caption from above, 



    La SARAL, S.A., our distributors in Bucharest have kindly sent us this interesting picture of His Majesty Carol II, King of Romania, (sitting) in his brand new Imperial Chrysler during the festivities recently held in the capital of the kingdom."


    King Carol II is the man in plumed hat and moustache in the back seat of the Imperial coachbuilt by Drauz of Heilbronn, Germany.


    There are similarities between these two Imperials, as in 1930 Kellner went bankrupt and its name and patent rights were bought by Drauz.



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  4. 22 hours ago, jeff_a said:

    I'm curious about the other photos. Are they almost identical body styles w/ black wire wheels, a folding top, dual rear spares, fully-plated headlights and light-colored fenders?  ----Jeff

    These are the other three, at the same Ward Lines' pier but without snow on the ground and poised in front of the SS Orizaba.

    Also a Lazarnick image, their coats suggest it's winter or at least cold outside. In one image, the Phaeton on the right is aerial,

    being heaved over into the ship's hold - with the gent in the hat at far right sitting in the driver's seat. Talk about bravery!




    Same wheel/ tire combo, one with the Cadillac-style grille (a Six?). I'm a newbie on a Peerless learning curve, and hope to find something

    in the bound, 53 Peerless Co-Operator issues I just bought from Troxel's. They're from June '25 to Sept '27. My travel to Havana is for

    research for a book about the cars of Cuba when they new, all pre-Embargo, and finding these Peerless images was a real surprise.


    The Phaeton on the the left has top bows, and the one on the right looks to have panels with caning on its door tops,

    a neat custom touch. I guess by '26-'27 they no longer used the permanent top. Besides private purchasers, these open

    cars were used by hotels and tourist companies, often seen lined up at docks awaiting disembarking ship passengers

    ready to tour the city. The aerial image of the caned Phaeton shows dual rear-mounted spares,

    so it would make sense they are all so-equipped.




    I need to join the the Peerless Club, but can find no Web presence. Can you shoot me a PM with info?




    (Tom Gibson)







  5. Here's an update on the "Silver Eight Phaeton" image that I mentioned above. C.T. Silver was out of the coachbuilding biz by around 1920,

    so perhaps it commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the NY Auto Show, and may have been painted a silver color.




    On a recent trip to Havana, Cuba, I bought this press pic and 3 others that were taken at the New York & Cuba Mail Line's (aka Ward Line)

    docks in NYC, now the location of the South Street Seaport. They are all Peerless touring cars poised in front of Ward Line ships, here, the 

    SS Siboney. This 1925 Model 67 Touring appears to be the one in the NY Auto Show image, but its wheels have been changed. It looks to

    have the same tires, with their white dots as seen at the show. The other 3 Peerless cars wear the same type of wire wheels and are being

    loaded onto the Ward Line's SS Orizaba, apparently bound for Havana if the markings on the photos are correct.


    This image alone has snow on the ground, not conclusive, but points to it being winter, around the January 1925 time-frame of the NY show.

    I could hardly contain my excitement when I turned the images over and saw they were from Nathan Lazarnick, and was surprised to learn

    that in addition to his Broadway location he had also worked out of a Cleveland studio.




    A blurb in the April 19, 1923 Automotive Industries notes that Nathan Lazarnick opened a Cleveland studio at the request

    of the White Motor Company, and there would have been plenty of extra work from Peerless, Chandler, Jordan and others.


    The plot thickens, in a post I had forgotten about sent five years by our young Finnish friend and prewar enthusiast, 

    Mika Jaakkola... "Is there any truth in this? This caption is from a Finnish magazine from 1925. It says

    'This year at the NY and Chicago auto shows, among other automobiles, Peerless received special attention.

    The car's body, wheels, fenders and brake drums were pure silver.' It was published in the April issue."




    So now I'm wondering if the Silver Special Touring was shipped to Cuba after its appearance at the NY and Chicago shows,

    perhaps having a wheel swap because of Havana's tropical climate, or because they were solid silver! 

    As is often the case, the images offer more questions than answers.  





  6. Great car, and the Forward Look crowd would eat it up in a heartbeat. The 3-speed manual was standard on Newport and Windsor models.

    They made 1,832 Newport Town & Country 6-pass. wagons in '61, and 1,571 Newport Town & Country 9-pass. wagons - which is it?




    If it's as good as it looks, I'm at the $20-30K range, and suggest putting it on  Bring a Trailer.

    It will give you global exposure (so will Hemmings), and to some funksters the manual tranny is a plus.  

    Just 3% of Chryslers had a manual in 1961, so given the low T&C numbers yours must be one of very few that remain.




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  7. 3 hours ago, Lebowski said:


    It's a flower car and hearse? Isn't the flower car usually used only for flowers and the casket is carried separately in a hearse? Maybe this combo one is used for those on a budget.... 


    Yes, the same configuration as the white '41 Cadillac Flxible that began the thread. Depends on the funeral budget, I guess - why use two cars when one will perform both functions.

  8. On 6/24/2020 at 4:17 PM, Walt G said:

    OK, Here ie more Odd ball stuff from my archives. As I have mentioned here on the forums ( someplace, sometime) I have a run of the periodical OMNIA. It was a French auto magazine that made its debut in 1920 and ran until 1936 - It was a monthly, paper it was printed on is coated stock so the photographs in the magazine are superb and the screen they used to turn the photographs into a printable medium for the magazine was very fine , so detail really shows up. Towards the end of each year OMNIA had an annual show issue which covered assorted motor shows as well as concours events held the end of the season. Here are two examples of what was in one page of one issue . there were 12 issues per year, that's one a month, I am perhaps missing 6 issues total. Both American and European cars are shown in the issues, of course European cars get more press coverage due to their availability. I can never ever scan and feature here all the interesting images from all the issues I have. Both Austin Clark and Peter Helck knew about this magazine and pre war into the early 1950s Peter would try to find issues and remove pages that showed cars he enjoyed the styling of . Austin tried to get a full run of the magazine . I first heard of it when visiting England and staying with a friend who was a motor book dealer - Peter Moore of West Sussex. Peter acted as my agent and pretty much built a collection of all the issues one at a time for me over a span of about 25 years.


    On view here:  a Hispano-Suiza model J12 ( 12 cylinder) at a Concours de Elegance in Boulogne. ( no mention of the body builder - for the  car or the crumpet posed on the top of the front seat!)

    HispanoSuiza  J12 1935001.jpg



    That dual-banded gold-plated beltline molding was a common treatment used by Fernandez & Darrin of Paris. 

    Here's a Renault Reinastella, perhaps at the same Bois de Boulogne Concours...

    fernandez darrin renault.jpg


    And a later model Renault Nervastella..

    fernandezrenault 001.jpg


    I'd peg that Hispano-Suiza as Fernandez & Darrin.



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  9. Yours truly piloting a super-rare 1957 Dodge Kingsway Custom Convertible Coupe (real, not chopped), a Chrysler Export Division model 

    bought new off the showroom floor in Havana and still owned by the same family. It has always been a private car, never used as a taxi,

    and the Kingsway still has its original 301cid V-8 and 2-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission, fairly unusual for a Cuban survivor.

    This was at the end of the XVth Rally Regularidad Copa Castrol, hosted by the Club de Autos Antiguos -  A lo Cubano, held December 1, 2019. 




    And yes, in the background is one of four Continental Mark II coupes known to still be on the island, formerly owned by Marta Batista,

    the wife of the deposed dictator Fulgencio Batista. The Rally is staged each year in the parking lot of the Tropicana Nightclub,

    and the '56 Mark II C56D2784 did not compete in 2019, but is parked at the club's mirrored entrance for this photo.

    It's been modified with a 1970's Ford V-8 - I leave my judge's cap at home and just appreciate the 24/7 car show that is La Habana. 





  10. 45 minutes ago, John_Mereness said:

    Attractive and interesting car in many ways, but yet misses the mark as still pretty bulky in certain spots and also very WIDE.


    1 hour ago, alsancle said:



    I think the car is now owned by the Rich Collection and they spent a lot of money on a very nice restoration.    Back at BJ in 2001 they had it in the showroom with a VERY reasonable price.   Back then it was an older restoration - still black.   It was pretty cheap for a 540,  but the proportions didn't seem as nice as the standard Sindelfingen models.   I think it was a missed opportunity all things considered.


    The Norrmalm 540K was shown by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson, Jr. of Savannah, GA. 

  11. Matt,


    That's a lot of Full Classic Packard for the money, and I love its original condition, history and unique options. 


    Offered in one lone model on the 138-inch wheelbase, the 5 passenger Super Eight 160 Sedan, Series 2004,

    Model 1562 was a catalog item, but what sets yours apart is the auxiliary seat and division window. 



    Its fixed front seat with division window is configured as that of a Super Eight Custom 180 Formal Sedan, making it a six passenger Super Eight 160 Sedan.



    Here's the 1942 Packard Senior Cars brochure...



    What an interesting, exceptional motorcar!




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