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  1. I have to say that the Chevy line, I, like about everyone else, thought the 58 chev was nothing on the 57, but that aside, I love all the stories from the era about the panics the designers used to get into trying to (basically) win a pissing contest :)


    The OP headline from this thread shows that he is well aware of the mopar slogan for the release of the 57 model range "suddenly its 1960" which really seemed to kick the design wars into gear


    I am watching the "Crime Story" series at the moment and being full of this era cars of all sorts, really makes you appreciate how hard the designers had to work


    There are some really out there cars (eg, 1961 plymouth)


    A bit of a disclaimer here :)


    I have a 60 dodge phoenix, a 60 plymouth and I am just starting on my 58 buick






    I see your Dodge Phoenix, and raise you with a '61 Polara, that my buddy Dave's Dad bought new, and Dave still has...




    Thanks for getting my "Suddenly It's 1957" analogy...I have a beauty of a '57 Roadmaster. When the magazine wags of the day saw the three piece backlights of the '57 GM B-body GM cars, they quipped, "Suddenly It's 1949". But you probably already knew that.


    (The Roadies had a one piece back glass, shared with Supers and Caddys).




    Happy New Year!




    Ps, When I hit the Lottery, one of my buys will be a '60 Polara Wagon...



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  2. Not a commercial per se, but this vid of the 1957 New York Auto Show has always been a favorite.

    Look for the '57 Roadie Model 76C !


    In these AP Wirephotos, "The Big Thrill's Buick!",  from December 7th to the 8th, 1956. There are some Chevrolets, too.



    Larger, A.P. Wirephoto of the 1957 National Auto Show.



    Larger, A.P. Wirephoto of the 1957 National Auto Show.




  3. Happy New Year Cort,


    I don't recall ever making an auto collage as a kid, but I made one in about '95 for the old guy who taught me how to do brake jobs and other mechanical stuff. Everyone called him "Mr. Henry" (Parker, Jr), he never married and lived in a small room in the garage his father started in the late-'30's, which also had a sales lot. It's where our Buicks came from, and I treasured the time spent there as his last, "garage monkey". Previous monkeys included a bank president and federal judge (as young men, of course), so I was in fine company and didn't mind the appellation one bit.





    For his birthday I assembled this from found objects that meant something to him; his fave car was a '38 DeSoto, he stashed away many old Buicks and liked cigars a lot. After his passing a few years later, I got the collage back. Every time I look at it, I'm brought back to simpler times at "Mr. Henry's World of Buicks".






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  4. WOW,  look at the price range of a Packard in 1941.  From $907 to $5500.


    Farther up Packard's "Class of '41" food chain was the 127"whb, 5-passenger

    Custom Super Eight Darrin Convertible Victoria, at $4,685, f.o.b. Detroit.


    (A favorite Packard ad, one of the FORTUNE "Golden Ad" series).


    Note the One-Ten ad's fine print; "Prices subject to change without notice". And change they did. 

    The May-June 1942 issue of the Blue Book shows the 148"whb Custom Super Eight

    7-passenger Touring Limousine by LeBaron listing for $5,595. This is what you got

    when you jumped in with both feet...




  5. Gary,


    Congratulations on your purchase, and welcome to the Forums. If you're looking for information on the cars,

    contact the AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey, PA.



    In all likelihood, they'll have brochures, technical information and more on your new "fleet".


    If you join the AACA, you'll get an hour and a half of free Library research,

    plus our award-winning monthly magazine, "The Antique Automobile", and

    access to the Member Roster, which lists owners of similar vehicles.


    Not a pitch, just a suggestion to get you started. In the meantime,

    browse these sub-Forums below for individual marques;

    there's even a High-Wheeler Forum.


    Happy Motoring,



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  6. Here is a link (slightly off topic but if you look closely you can see the pedal being used the first time about 34 seconds in).


    Thanks Tinindian!


    We were just there, riding the Rhein-Neckar system in Mannheim during the Veterama Show in October.




    It's based at the Mannheim Hauptbahnhof, on the Rhein River; the

    Neckar River is on the other side of Mannheim, sourced by the Rhein.



    Pick up a handy little map there, and ride all over the metropolitan area.



    The trams are clean, right on time, and a great way to get around.



    The famous Wasserturm (Water Tower) on the Quadrate, right in the center of town.



    An aerial view of the Quadrate from the City of Mannheim, Department of Press and Communications.



    The Wasserturm at night is a sight  to behold, especially during the water show...




    I bet Wowabunga's foot pedal came from one of the vintage trams the Rhein-Neckar system runs!

    (Okay, an American tram, but one like this).


    Man, you made my Sunday night...great video!   :D





  7. rjones,


    You've done a lot of homework, but these should answer your questions.

    They're from the Chevy Crestline book.





    They called it the Convertible Sports Cabriolet for '28 (see below).



    The '28 Sports Cabriolet with fixed roof production was included

    with Convertible Sports Cabriolet.



    '29 Sports Cabriolet did away with the Convertible moniker (from '28).




    The '29 Sports Coupe replaced the '28 Sports Cabriolet. 

    No wonder you've been bloody confused...I know I am!



    The 1933 Red Book info is self-explanatory. Enjoy it.





    For your files; I took this pic of this '29 Landau Sedan the day the Petersen Museum bought it at auction

    in Scottsdale in 2008. The number $30,000 comes to mind, but don't hold me to it. Darned cute car!


    The Oakland had armrests 'cause it was a more expensive, larger car than the Chevy (but you know that).

    I'm intrigued by the Belgian Buick and will look for more on it later today, but I suspect it's a landau with fixed

    roof and door frames with folding rear section as you pointed out.

    Given it's noted in Belgium. I bet it's Euro coachwork...have to get back to you on that.


    Merry Christmas to you, too!



  8. With all the talk and hype about barn finds, this shows up...and I'm convinced it's a staged photo....just a little too pat with just enough hay spread around on the ground to cover tire and foot tracks....I could be wrong, but just doesn't look right...and to me would border on false advertising...



    I love the artful way the hay is strewn about the pole building, but instead of of Bhigdog's conjuring of a hot chick on the hood, I'd go for Grant Wood's "American Gothic" couple, just to keep it classy. That, or maybe a Photoshopped "Hee Haw" set as a backdrop.  


    I know folks have been finding such cars for decades, but there was a thread years ago on the Forum about when the term really started catching on as a descriptor; it's not in my '84 or '87 Webster's Dictionary. It's probably in that well known barn find book, but I don't have a copy. It's good that Graham Man provided the dirt on the Daytona's find.


    Two things I hope for...that the photographer was paid well for realizing the auction house's art director's "vision", and that the manifold moss is still green when the Daytona crosses the block. 



  9. To add to West's correct ID, it's a '40 Buick Model 56C Super Convertible Coupe, wearing 1941 Buick fender skirts 'cause you're uncle liked 'em.

    It rode on the 121" whb, had a 248cid straight-eight with 107hp, and sold for $1,211 when new. 


    The easiest way to tell a '40 Super from Buick's other offerings is its short hood side trim with three sections; all others had four. 

    Uncle had a very sharp ride!




    (41TATA's attached image is of his beautiful '41, not a '40, but shows the spears that were used on the optional '41 fender skirts).

  10. Please, someone explain to me how referring to Chris (the only character tied to the AACA through the show) as a 'car geek' delivers any positive message? I think it is great having a young face tied to the club


    Chris's own website and Facebook page is called, "The Car Geek Journal", and he wears the appellation as a badge of honor, not one of derision.


    When your computer breaks down, you may take it to the "Geek Squad" for repairs, the company (within Best Buy) that recently posted an estimated $1-Billion in revenue. 


    As for the connection to The Apprai$ers, here's my take, though he doesn't need anyone to answer for him. 


    As a lifelong car guy (50 years-plus), an avid automotive history researcher and sometime writer, it's encouraging that the "Car Geek", Chris Ritter's, profession runs in the opening credits. It's downright refreshing that his passion is backed up with the vast resources of the AACA Library & Research Center; he knows where the cool stuff is and how to access and use it to the show's advantage.


    Rather than basing their info on hearsay and what they've read on the Internet, the show actually has a librarian in its cast, something for which I am very grateful.



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  11. 7. We feature cars all of makes, models, sizes, and values as you will see if you watch the entire show season. We cannot simply appeal to any one grouping as it wont support viewership, and again we get replaced by chop, cut, slam.


    8. If you have suggestions, or if something crosses you (no chance of that happening on this forum right? : ) ) . Don't just complain. Try helping to make it better through your me and I will pass along suggestions . Remember, this is the first season.

    9. In short, it aint perfect. We serve many masters. Watch the show, you will find something to like. Preserve its position/slot by watching and telling others to do the same because its gong to be hard to get another shot in the near future. After you watch, be sure to email and tell us how much and why you loved or hated it, but most importantly try to be helpful through suggestions. We have already made note of many,....and if you dont like me, Ritter is one heck of a great guy!...something or someone for everyone . Thanks for giving it a look and watching : )



    Thanks Tom for your concise explanation of how The Apprai$ers came to be; I didn't quote your entire post, as it's already there for all to see. Knowing you and Chris, I never thought for one moment that you were scripted, but foreknowledge of the cars you'd be featuring certainly gave you lead time to ponder your approach to each vehicle.


    I'm still amazed that the show debuted in prime time Saturday, rather than being buried in a slot competing with infomercials about memory-foam pillows and "collectible" gilded coins. It gives global exposure to the AACA and for that, all involved should be very proud. We now have probably the world's best club publication, and a prime time TV show with mass appeal. Way to go!


    Thanks for including contact info for feedback, and best wishes for the show's continued success. 



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  12. Continued from above, the '42 prestige brochure featured art depicting typical Americana.

    Only the Roadmaster's illustrations hinted at the country's looming wartime footings.  








    Here's just one reminder why we can't always rely on brochures for provenance.

    Note the squared window reveals (shared with the Model 51's illustrations),

    a feature that never made it to production, but was obviously being considered.

    It's even evident in the red Roadmaster sedan with the seaplane.

    Too bad, 'cause it changes the look of the whole greenhouse.





    Lamentably, the beautiful engine-turned dash and interior woodgraining wouldn't return after the war.

    This is the ex-Earl Beauchamp, ex-Lewis Jenkins '42 Super. As Lewis was a B-17 pilot at war's end 

    (and Earl did his bit to serve the country, just a bit later), it seems appropriate to display it here as we

    observe the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.


    By the way, the dramatic 2-pager above with the spotlighted '42 Roadmaster Convertible...

    it was Lewis' favorite Buick ad of all time.  B)


    Remembering all who served.



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  13. Congratulations Cort, on your new gig. I hope it leads to better things and more exposure of your talents.

    I'm following you on FB now as Tom Gibson.


    As for the scale Rte. 66 plates, I've never seen them, but I know folks make plates for my scale of choice, 1/43. {Haven't built any 1/24 models in a long time, but really enjoyed it),  It's been a while since I've done any photography with my 1/43rds, but I have to get my butt in gear as I'm participating in one of the seminars in Philly at the Nat'l. Mtg. in February.


    These were created before and after I had both hips replaced in 2010, when I couldn't get around much.

    Here are a few examples of where I started, and what it led to.





    Larger, 1955 Mercury Montclair by Design Studio.



    Larger, Motor City 1947 Chrysler Town & Country and Brooklin 1961 Airstream Bambi.


    There are some more here in the Gallery, but it's old work. In the next couple months I'll have new images, just not sure what they'll be. One thing I know for sure, I derive great satisfaction from "playing" with the's almost cathartic.


    There's a new day dawning for you...



    Sunrise, Norwalk, CT, Nov. 2015


    Come 12/9, you'll have to start a new tag line...Workday Wednesday!   ;)



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