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  1. One man I know went to the Power Big Meet a few years ago in Vasteras, Sweden. It is a car show far larger than AACA's Hershey show. There were six 1959 Dodge convertibles there, though the group of owners was trying for 10! He lost count of all the 1958 Buicks he saw.
  2. I think any decade can be a part of a Golden Age. Every period has its advantages and disadvantages. In an interview, one of our region's charter members told about collecting in the 1950's. The desirable cars were the brass-era cars, but they were hard to find. Hemmings Motor News was just a few mimeographed sheets. There were few good cars for sale, so a potential buyer had to keep his eyes and ears open; and the cars weren't bargains, either, in terms of the purchasing power of the time. The 1930's Classics were very affordable, but they were just coming into collectibility. I'm perfectly happy with the present. I can always find cars I like that are overlooked and reasonably priced.
  3. So not all the 1958 Buicks have gone to Scandinavia! Thanks, Auburn Seeker, for posting this one. For use after the ad expires: The phone number listed in the ad is (321) 752-3950.
  4. A happy point to ponder: One of our local AACA region members had a big sale and dispersed most of his car collection. However, he lived well beyond that, to 100, and he and his wife even celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. He regretted selling off his cars too soon!
  5. Earl, I trust all will be well with you. You and your wife could always put the car on sale now, for very close to your bottom-line price, and she could do much of the dealing. Your dealer may be willing to take $41,500, but he still has the 1939 Buick listed at $52,500 on his own website: http://www.mjcclassiccars.com/1939-buick-special-phaeton/ And he still has it listed at $62,500 on the Hemmings website: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/buick/special/2221273.html
  6. Where did you find it? Knowing more sources for parts--suppliers or junkyards-- can help us all!
  7. Certainly there are good and quiet car shows, but why do car-show organizers even need music? Stamp shows, coin shows, antique shows, book fairs all do fine without them! Can you imagine loud rock music at a quilting show?
  8. Here in small-town Pennsylvania, with a bit of searching, it would be $540 to $600 a month. That makes the car hobby much easier, and might be one of the reasons that the hobby thrives here. It pays not to live in big cities---
  9. One of our local AACA region members in Pennsylvania is a Mercury and Edsel fan, and he has a '58 Pacer convertible that he may sell. It's in excellent condition, with black paint and a white cove. If you send me a Private Message, I can give you his telephone number.
  10. I remember that Earl said the dealer would be lowering the listing price. However, the Buick is priced at $62,500 on the Hemmings Motor News website: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/buick/special/2221273.html When I feel a car is priced substantially too high, MAYBE I would inquire and say, "If anything changes, give me a call." I am patient, but by the time the seller's expectations become reasonable, I may have bought something else. Most of the time, I simply wouldn't call.
  11. Your observation about 1950's cars is interesting, Earl. Two years ago, Hagerty (the antique-car insurer) observed the same thing: "Generally speaking, 1950's cars haven't been performing all that well in the market, and that includes what might be the most recognizable '50's cars of them all--the 1955-1957 Bel Airs. Younger buyers aren't expressing much interest in these cars, so as owners exit the market, demand continues weakening. Right now, Bel Airs lag behind the rest of the market in most measures, although prices have remained strong on the private market." On our AACA region's tours, cars of the 1960's are most popular now, though our annual car show sees cars of all decades.
  12. If you want to keep photographs, consider a very long-term medium for history's sake. I understand that any magnetic medium (such as computer disks) is relatively short-lived. At an AACA Library seminar a few years ago at the Philadelphia annual meeting, a guest speaker mentioned a special kind of gold compact disk (CD) that has a longer life. It's not just any gold-colored CD, but is available through specialty sources. Remember, though, that computer formats often change. If you stored data in the 1970's, the format might be unusable now. If you stored data in the 1980's, it might be on 5" floppy disks; the 1990's, 3-1/2" diskettes. Do you have any equipment today to read those older formats? In just 50 years, will anyone be able to view a JPG file? Good quality paper lasts longer. It's easy to read a magazine from the 1780's and learn the thinking of the author when our country was being formed. Magazines similarly exist from the 1880's or 1920's, for instance, and information is preserved. I recently learned that the Smithsonian Institution does not rely on magnetic media to store information. I believe that they print out their photographs and keep them on paper. They actually transfer digital files to film negatives for longevity.
  13. Here is the cover of "Car Life" magazine from October 1959. One of the stories they feature is titled, "Will the U. S. Make Your Car Illegal?" I don't have the actual issue or article, but doesn't it sound familiar even 60 years later? Hmm...The more things change, the more they stay the same---
  14. Does that transport company advertise in Hemmings Motor News? Unlike many other magazines, Hemmings will try to resolve complaints about advertisers; and if an advertiser has a record of bad service or misleading ads, prohibit them from advertising. What a good way to weed out the creeping, slithering vines from the good fruit in the garden!
  15. Good observation and detective work, Greg! That Canadian car has the same incorrect gages as the Imperial currently in question. And note that that sale would have been in CANADIAN dollars, too-- perhaps the equivalent of $13,000 U. S., depending on when the sale was. The car in Australia shows what the gauges really should look like. I agree with Matt H. that a 1926 Imperial sedan, regrettably, doesn't have a lot of followers or a big potential market. The colors look like the choice of a 1970's restorer, as there were a lot of tan-painted old cars in that decade. At the right price, however, someone will appreciate this old car.