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1935Packard last won the day on October 3 2018

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  1. I believe Dave Mitchell did a lot of work on that car, and I have a vague recollection that he spoke very highly of the car when it came up at some prior auction.
  2. I don't work in the insurance industry, but my sense as an outsider is the business model is usually based on assessing risk in large numbers. They come up with categories of easily-verifiable cases that lead to relatively predictable costs over lots of people, and that lets them price out insurance that will generate their profit. The individual who is low risk but doesn't fit into a preexisting box can run into problems, which can be very frustrating. Anyway, good luck!
  3. For me it was in the fall of 2007, when I had finally come to own my grandfather's '35 Packard that I had loved since I can remember. The car hadn't been driven in well over a decade, so I sent it to a shop that brought it back to life and made it (more or less) roadworthy. The shop was about a 3 hour drive from home, and I took the train there solo and stayed overnight with the plan to drive the car home the next morning. But there was a catch: I didn't know how to drive a manual transmission! Or at least I had never done it on an actual road, much less in a pre-war car. A week before the trip, a friend had taken me to a parking lot and showed me how to drive a stick on his Honda Accord 5-speed so I could try to drive the Packard home the next week. And that was all the experience I had when I went on my adventure to pick up my Packard and and drive it the 3 hours home. It was an absolutely glorious trip. Fall foliage, rolling hills through the Virginia countryside, people honking and cheering me as I drove through small towns. I tried to avoid highways, and it took me through some really spectacular scenery. Even a dirt road, for about two miles, in the middle of nowhere. The car performed perfectly. I was nervous about getting stuck or not knowing how to drive the car, but somehow I managed. And when I arrived home, I felt like the king of the world.
  4. When I was in this same boat, around 20 years ago, I first bought a beater "modern" car that just barely passed inspection. Cost me $900. (That "modern" car was a 1981 Volvo that is now an antique! ) Then a friend's wife's mom had a garage in the area where she let me park for a few months while I found a more permanent garage solution. I used the "modern" car to drive over to the garage where I could take out the antique car for a drive....
  5. Great to hear that's how your marriage works. It's not how other successful marriages work, though, and I hope our hobby is big enough to fit all kinds.
  6. I believe you said that if someone needed to negotiate with their wife about buying more classic cars, maybe they should find a new hobby. But most people I know under the age of 60 have 50/50 marriages in which they can't plunk down major $$$ on their hobby without getting the okay from their spouses.
  7. Re the 190SL, I was at a concours last weekend with at least 20 cars that were in the seven figure range. I saw a 190SL in light blue and whitewalls (sorry AJ) that absolutely stopped me in my tracks. Just gorgeous; a lovely design. And some colors really make them pop. It's slow, sure, but then a new Toyota Camry will run circles around a Ferrari from that era, not sure you get an old car for speed. Agreed they spiked too high in value compared to what else you could get for a while, but still, really neat looking cars.
  8. Under your standard, most of us under the age of 60 or so would be unable to have any hobbies. Or at least wouldn't be able to stay married.
  9. P.S. We should have an alternative thread we show our wives about this topic, in which everyone talks about how much money they made with old cars. Could help us all in future "negotiations" over purchases!
  10. Buy to enjoy, not for an investment. My guess is that the market generally will soften over time, as our cars and the infrastructure that supports them become more of historical interest and harder over time to support. The super-high-end market is harder to predict, as it's like the art market; it depends on how many super-rich people are sitting around with $$ burning a whole in their pocket. Relatively newer cars, like 90s era, are probably a good bet, as they're at the bottom of the usual depreciation curve. My guess, at least.
  11. So cool! I'd guess $25. (But if it's a 1917 car, in 1940 it's a 23 year old car, not 11 year old car, right?)
  12. On the bright side, at least it meant they were looking out for your stuff!
  13. My neighbors usually drove me to school as a kid, and they had a 1966 VW Beetle. Sometime around 1982 it was replaced by a BMW 528e, which seemed like an impossibly expensive high-end car.
  14. I had the great pleasure of being driven around Palm Beach tonight in the White. (Thanks, Ed, for a great evening!) The car is huge, and so solid, and so F-A-S-T. It's a serious driving car, that can be driven hard, and it's 104 years old! I was laughing most of the way, it was seriously entertaining. Here's a short clip:
  15. "Children; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents and tyrannize their teachers. Children are now tyrants." -- Socrates, 470BC
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