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  1. Are you pointing us to Squirrel #6 on Tree #52 in the upper right-hand corner? I think he's hibernating. "It's obviously been there a long time."
  2. I got my first and only pre-war car several years ago, a 1916 model. A friend who is a restorer taught me how to drive it, because it isn't at all like driving the cars of the 1950's and up, to which I was accustomed. "The beautiful brute," this type of large early car has been called. It takes strength in one's arms to steer; the clutch pedal takes some force, too. The effort is much greater than in my 1957 Buick without power brakes or power steering. However, the strength required is is just as I've read in some early driving accounts, where "cramps in the calves" come from pushing down on the clutch. That's why women of the era drove smaller, lighter cars. And driving may differ from one brand to another: you might not be able to switch quickly from a Lozier to a Lincoln to a Locomobile. You may have to learn, as I did. At first, learning to drive the early car seemed daunting. But I figured that the original owner of the car might have just graduated from a horse. If he could learn, so could I!
  3. Reading the introductory text, it sounds as if the warehouse building is indeed included: "Classic Cars [sic] warehouse with 115 [cars] for sale... However, given the seller's less-than-stellar English, one would want to clarify---
  4. That seller, I believe, used to go by "Classics by Lash," "Pristine Classics," and other names. There were numerous complaints about that previous name, so they changed it. Buyer beware.
  5. That's a very revealing article, and thanks for sharing it. I'm probably happier with my 1970's antique cars than he is with his high-cost exotics. Most of my cars can be repaired by an appointment with the local mechanic on a few days' notice, and they have affordable purchase and repair costs. And I dare say that most affordable old cars are more pleasing to the eye, and more comfortable to share with friends and family, than the angular, bizarrely styled exotics. Our hobby can be enjoyed at any level, even modest ones.
  6. I have gotten more than one set of 3/4" whitewall tires from Universal Vintage Tire. They are owned by Coker but are somewhat of a separate entity, it seems. They have had them when the main Coker office had none.
  7. I always think long-term. Whether it's for your own use decades from now, or for other family members, use means that will still be there. I'd recommend NOT using masking tape. Tape, and rubber bands, deteriorate over the years. The tape will become brittle and maybe even fall off. Tags on wires, as someone else suggested, should work fine. Containers that are accurately labeled are good too, as long as the things stay in the containers. And don't use a pen whose ink will fade!
  8. That company is more than on the West coast. To put it politely: From what I've heard of others' experience, I would absolutely find someone else.
  9. The episode with the run-down Cadillac and Lucy learning to drive was indeed just a regular half-hour episode of I Love Lucy. Following episodes continued the story, as you described, of driving to California, but in a late-model Pontiac. Interestingly, the same learning-to-drive escapade, with its hilarious problems, was in one of Lucille Ball's radio episodes of My Favorite Husband in the late 1940's. People who love I Love Lucy should get tapes of those old radio comedy programs-- they have some different characters, but Lucy gets into similarly absurd situations and the episodes are just as funny!
  10. Yes, thank you for sharing your expertise. That's what makes this forum especially useful to all your fellow car enthusiasts!
  11. Rusty, you'd be surprised--as I was when I first learned--that some Imperials were not luxury cars. Referring to the pictured 1937 Imperial business coupe, I wrote, "Imperials in the late 1930's were not luxury cars, were rather in the middle of the line." According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, that Imperial business coupe sold for $1030 and was on a wheelbase of only 121 inches. It was just above the price level of the low-level Buick Special, whose business coupe was $913 and which had a 122-inch wheelbase. The Chrysler Airflow was priced at $1610, which is 50% higher! Chrysler also had a 1937 Custom Imperial which was quite expensive, like the Buick Limited, and that's the kind of car most people think of when they hear of "Imperials."
  12. Exactly. No one really knows how many of certain models remain--despite claims to the contrary. Pursuing the number remaining is not time worth spending, but the registry might be useful to you if you want to correspond with other owners of the same model. The number of remaining cars is known in only a few instances--such as Tuckers and Duesenbergs, whose production was small and which are highly tracked today. But we wish you lots of fun with your 1932 Buick!
  13. Imperials in the late 1930's were not luxury cars, were rather in the middle of the line. But I get your point--- Since our focus is on correctly preserving history, I think it's appropriate to keep on the car only the options which that particular example had.
  14. I looked at the website, and its hyperbole smells bad to me. "Hundreds of rich overseas buyers in 92 countries." "We work with 957 classic car dealerships...59 languages." "Buying frenzy overseas." Oh, sure, Mr. Alleged Lying Fraudster. The "company" is probably one man and maybe a partner, and I guarantee they don't speak 59 languages! I see that the company goes out of its way to say, essentially, that all the complaints and bad comments about them aren't true! And since when is the worldwide market so spectacular? That may have been the perception some time ago, but now I hear but that other countries aren't doing so well when the U. S. economy is booming. "Buying frenzy," huh?
  15. You're right, Carl, most of those cars came from 100 or fewer miles away. The cars I mentioned above would have driven 60 to 80 miles each way. And from old accounts I have read about our own AACA region's activities, the cars would indeed all have been driven. I wonder whether the owners had a banquet afterward and then stayed overnight, leaving the next morning. The same small roads and highways of 1955 are all still here. I wonder what traffic was like then: There were fewer cars overall, but now, the interstates have taken away a lot of traffic from the 2-lane roads. Would the net result mean that the number of cars on the smaller highways is unchanged, though the average speed may have increased a bit?