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  1. Royal,

    What an ambitious site you've created there! I've bookmarked it for further reference, and it's great to see so many obscure and forgotten marques "in the flesh," rather than grainy images in a book.

    Congrats, and keep up the good work...


  2. harrah_s_tix_1968.jpg

    As a wide-eyed 11-year-old on a family trip Way Out West, we stopped at Harrah's on July 27, 1968. Thankfully, my dad acknowleged the budding enthusiasm I showed to all old cars, and the visit made a lasting impression, to say the least. Admission for "minors" was 75 cents, but the adults got a free token and drink at the casino for their $1.50 ticket price. Our tickets (and some very fond memories) are all that remain of that storied stop, as none of my Instamatic's pictures turned out. Too bad...


    A favorite photo from The Making of Modern Michigan's Digital Collection is this '31 Packard 840 Club Sedan by Dietrich, shown outside Harrah's in the mid-'60's. This particular Packard debuted at the 1931 Chicago Salon, held at the famed Drake Hotel, Nov. 8-15, 1930, and was one of the cars we saw on our tour of the huge collection. I remember this particular car well.

    Thanks for starting a great thread!


  3. Hi all,

    After Googling Sindelfingen, I found many references to Sindelfinger (Hof, Rathaus, businesses and companies, etc.), so it must have something to do with a possessive aspect or translation in German.

    Perhaps in the way their Munchen becomes our Munich? Still mystified.


  4. I hadn't noticed it either West, till I saw that car. The plot thickens, as this is the body number plate on our '54 300 Cabrio D, with a '54 VIN/data plate, but a '53 chassis number...


    That's one reason I look forward to some Archive time next month.


  5. Jim,

    Please tell us how we can find your fantastic images on the 'bay. In the meantime,

    here are a couple of Pure Oil survivors in Georgia; one in Atlanta, the other in Hartwell.



    In Atlanta north of Hartsfield Int'l Airport on U.S. 29, aka Main Street & Mercer Avenue.



    This station is purportedly going to be made into a visitor's center for Hartwell, GA.

    Meanwhile, a huge CVS coupled with other retailers is going up right behind it;

    heck, it may already be gone...

    Happy hunting,


  6. "Do it once, do it right," correct Susan?



    Click once after opening to enlarge.

    That was the mantra when I was a contractor for Southern Bell & NYNEX back in the '80's.

    Gibson Bros. Good Gulf was my Grampa's station in East Texas, near Bon Wier close to the Sabine River in Louisiana; Grampa Thomas Gibson (1887-1953) is the one in the middle in coveralls, coat and hat. Family lore has it that Bonnie & Clyde <span style="font-style: italic">almost</span> robbed them once.

    It's great to see all these old B&W gas station ghost appear again; thanks to all for keeping it going!


  7. Very cool, but I wonder if it will make it's reserve...what a lawn ornament!



    http://photos.aaca.org/data/500/57_Texaco_1.jpg Larger, click once after opening.

    This 3-bay Texaco sold by city our on ebay in 2006 only brought $3,500 and change, but needed

    a total restoration. Built in 1957, the man who bought it plans to resurrect it

    in Auburn, IN, as a petro-themed burger joint.



    BTW, this is the image that started this thread about 3 years ago. The changeover

    to a new format in early 2007 dropped alot of the images. It'll be fun to

    catch up on what we've all seen on the road in the ensuing years.

    Thanks JF, for revivng it,


  8. Stutz_Motor_Jan_29_1X.jpg

    http://photos.aaca.org/data/500/Stutz_Motor_Jan_29_1X.jpg Larger, click once after opening.

    The intro of the Blackhawk from <span style="font-style: italic">MoToR</span>'s Annual Show Number, January, 1929.

    You'll find 3 more pages of good reading in the Photo Gallery above.



    This ad was elsewhere in <span style="font-style: italic">MoToR</span>'s Show Number, facing a similar Stutz ad,

    which is in the Photo Gallery, too.


    This more colorful detail of the Blackhawk appeared in the <span style="font-style: italic">SatEvePost</span>, January 5, 1929,

    with the same text and layout as the <span style="font-style: italic">MoToR</span> ad above.


    This Stutz flanked the <span style="font-style: italic">SatEvePost</span> ad above, I just couldn't get the whole page scanned.

    You'll find bigger files of these details in the Gallery, too.

    I found the <span style="font-style: italic">MoToR</span> info paging through my dog-eared Show Number copy, and the <span style="font-style: italic">

    SatEvePost</span> ads have been kicking around in an album for years;

    hope you enjoy them.


  9. This is a 1929 Blackhawk L6 4-passenger Speedster by Lebaron, taken at a

    Connecticut show in 2007. I should have jotted down a few notes and

    taken more pix, like a closeup of its unique sundial radiator cap.

    Next time, for sure.




    A 4-passenger Tonneau Cowl version in an earlier, undated photo from the LeBaron, Inc. entry at www.coachbuilt.com

    Note the different contours of front & rear fenders between the middle and bottom pix.

    Detail from the 2007 Glenmoor Gathering, more photos here...



  10. The Fifth Avenue Ensemble was basically an option package for some Custom S-10 body styles that included Simplimatic Fluid Drive, fender skirts, "Fifth Avenue" badging, a unique steering wheel with cigarette dispenser in the oblong hub, wheel trim rings, radio, heater and more. It says Fifth Avenue on the sides of the hood where the usual DeLuxe or Custom emblem would be.

    There's a special interior brochure that features the option package in addition to the Sportsman interiors, that should be easily found from any major literature dealer. All '42 DeSotos are rare, Custom convertible production was limited to 489, with 79 DeLuxe ragtops listed as built. As it was an option package rather than a distinct series, Fifth Avenue numbers weren't tallied separately. Collectible Automobile did a Photo Feature of a Fifth Avenue Coupe in its December, 2004 issue (Volume 21, No. 4), but I'm unsure of exactly what bodies the package was available on; a good guess would be the 6-passenger club coupe (with rear 1/4 windows), 6-window sedan, the Town Sedan, and the convertible.


    This is the <span style="font-style: italic">CA</span> Photo Feature car shown at the 2002 Orphan Show in Ypsilanti, MI.

    An S-10 Fifth Avenue Convertible would have to be one of the rarest survivors of all; my friend Dave has a '42 Custom Convertible, one of about a half dozen that are known to exist. I've seen two Fifth Avenue Coupes over the years, and will try to dig up pix of them to post here. Victory Models did a 1/43rd scale version (below) some years ago; it was quite expensive and hard to find now on the secondary market.



    Dave's '42 S-10 Custom



    PS, This is the brochure you'll be looking for...


  11. One of the best stories I've ever read came from <span style="font-style: italic">Old Cars Weekly</span> more than a dozen years ago,

    a letter to the editor from a wise old gent who was present at a local show...

    A man had a flawlessly restored 1961 Ford Starliner 2-door hardtop at the first show since its completion.

    This car had all the right bells & whistles; correct date codes painted and assembly line

    chalk marks where they should be, etc., and was dutifully trailered to the show.

    When his car failed to win Best of Show, he became livid, ranting about how his car was built <span style="font-weight: bold">exactly</span>

    as from the factory, following their assembly procedures to the letter. (At this point, I imagined the little

    assembly line he must have recreated in his garage, complete with aerial front end clip & body drops...)

    He eventually left the show still fuming, blood vessels a'bursting, cursing to Hades all within earshot.

    All that over a four-foot-tall tacky plasticene dust collector. The "trophy."

    The old gent, bless him, said at the letter's end that, while the Starliner was a beautiful car,

    very well-restored, he just couldn't understand the man's outrage.

    "I <span style="font-style: italic">drive</span> my trophy," said the wise old man.


  12. Ponton is the German word for bridge, and when the new M-B cars were released in 1954, a German journalist likened their front suspension to a bridge-strut sytem spanning the engine bay.

    The name stuck, is often mis-spelled (pontoon), and they're sometimes referred to as "Roundies" due to the body shape.


    1959 220SE Cabriolet spied at a West Coast show.


    1957 220S Sedan with Webasto Sunroof.

    The most desirable Pontons are '56-'60 220S & 220SE Cabriolets and Coupes, and any sedan with the full-roof Webasto Sunroof. To me they are the forgotten Mercedes, eclipsed in the public's minds by the sportier 190SL & 300SL's, but are rapidly growing in popularity. We have two '58 220S Cabriolets under restoration at this time.


    Sweet little 1/43rd scale model I just picked up on ebay.

    Learn more about Pontons here. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/ponton/


  13. "Subscription rascals" is a kind term; I too, nearly got bitten from the scam alluded to by Wayne's friend. All they have is my address and I doubt it'll go any further, since I never received my "free" issue.

    On a different note, for some time now when you buy reading material at B-a-M, they offer "8 free issues of two mags of your choice," cancellable after receiving the invoice in the mail. It's all perfectly legit, but if you slip up (which I did twice), the publishers have your CC or Debit Card info and "simply" bill you at a rate seemingly grasped from thin air.

    I finally got wise and cancelled all of 'em, but not before being gouged for $150-plus for 4 subscriptions. This happened a year ago, and when I went in yesterday to get a copy of CA (no fault of their's, BTW), it was offered again. What a racket!


    Patsy (my new nickname)

    AKA TG

  14. Glenn,

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">...he kept saying the car came like that.</div></div>When he got it, maybe? Perhaps he thought they <span style="font-style: italic">all</span> came that way. LOL

    I didn't stick around the Olds long enough to get the poop, and missed the Edsels, too. There's always next Spring!


  15. DADDIO,

    You are one lucky bas...<span style="font-style: italic">guy!</span> Any more nifty cars in that barn? Your Lincoln will make an awesome Tour Car, but if you want to replace the Eight with a Twelve, the Motor Number range for '39 L-Z 12's is H-64641 to H-85640. From your description of the car's condition, I wouldn't care if it was powered by hamsters in exercise wheels!

    Cars like these don't come along every day, and with it you and the wife should get years of driving pleasure. And, just in case, if you ever want to sell it, I can afford $100 down and 10 cents a week.

    Happy, Happy Motoring!


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