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  1. I'd recommend Hemmings magazine AND their website. The magazine ad may be read when it's new, and even months afterward; whereas once the internet ad expires, it's no longer accessible. I've called about cars long after the magazine ad was published. Printed media can be long lasting.
  2. It's for sale by a dealer, who likely bought it to mark it up. As we've all seen, a dealer's asking price may be far above a car's actual value. What are realistic prices for Dual Ghias in various conditions?
  3. There's a lot of prose in this topic to wade through, but he never said he planned to use the DeSoto as a regular car! Just the opposite, in fact.
  4. I don't know, Suchan. That could be leather and a correct fabric. Luxury cars often had more than one fabric style from which to choose. In fact, the catalogue image you posted states, "A wide variety or rich leathers, exquisite fabrics [plural], and superb styling permits the selection of an interior tailored to your taste..." Thanks for providing that image. I guess we would need the Color and Upholstery album to know for sure.
  5. Notice how a lot of the memories are from when members were children, before driving or just learning to drive. This shows how, today, we can make memories for others by giving a child a chance to sit in our cars; by taking him and his family out for a leisurely ride; by patiently explaining the forgotten features to him. For that girl or boy, the impression we make may be very long lasting.
  6. Earl, don't worry: Hemmings ads have probably 100 times, or 1000 times, the audience our forum does. I'm confident that your car is well taken care of, and because of that, worth a premium over many others.
  7. I would give the opposite advice: Register it as an antique car, since you're not using it as a regular driver. There are great benefits to doing so. As I noted previously, in Penna. the car can still, then, have either antique insurance or regular insurance.
  8. You say this model doesn't have much in common with the larger Pierces; and true Pierce fans tend to disdain them. So where would the market be for parts if the car is parted out?
  9. Can anyone list the problems encountered with 1970's Chryslers? I've always admired the 1974-75 Imperials and the identical 1976-78 New Yorkers, but maybe I shouldn't aspire to own one. Consumer Reports in 1980 reported that the '74 Imperial's reliability record was pretty good; but things went downhill from there. I know the later "Lean Burn" engine system can be by-passed; but I suspect the problems are more than that. I'd like to learn.
  10. Roadmaster (Robin), in what years were these the costs? 1960's? 1970's? I'd like to mentally convert them for inflation. This is the information I was wondering about. These figures show why the average person would not own this equipment---
  11. Jeff, it met your criteria very well! The preferred New Yorker, the preferred Highlander interior. Enjoy your new old car!
  12. For October 1958, Motor Trend had an article in which they printed readers' reactions to the 1958 cars: "Why I Didn't Buy a '58 Detroit Car." Sales had been very poor in that recession year. Reactions were quite critical of the over-decoration, the promised features that never materialized, the poor gas economy, the requirement to use premium gas, the long rear overhangs, the extreme tailfins and the heavy-looking "bulgy body panels." "Why should a car look like a plane any more than a submarine or a steam locomotive?" The cars weren't heavier per se, but they looked bloated due to the shape of the sheet metal. Motor Trend wrote, "We think that Detroit could gain much from a close, and continuing, study of the reasons given here." Comments such as those were heeded. Lincoln detuned their engine the very next year, and even more the year after. GM and Ford Motor cars for 1961 had much cleaner styling and were a bit smaller.
  13. Below is a picture of a $20 gold piece, or double eagle, that likely would have been a part of the prize. It's about the size of a silver dollar and contains almost an ounce of gold. But I didn't know that "burnt orange, white, and emerald" are considered colors of Hallowe'en. People today are more likely to think of orange and black.
  14. Jake, it may be a 100% increase in price. The original asking price was $10,000, but the flipper may have negotiated down, perhaps to $8000 or $9000. I think my rule often applies: Dealer Price /2 = Realistic Price
  15. Craig, I was thinking of the monthly service fees; and the cost per phone call, whether local or not. They must have been expensive, much more than ordinary home telephone service. Knowing those would be an insight into the automotive past.
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