1935Packard

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1935Packard last won the day on October 3 2018

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About 1935Packard

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    California
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    Packards, Cadillacs, and other CCCA cars. Also, 50s two-seaters.

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  1. A bummer, but understandable. There will be no vaccine by then, and getting a few thousand (mostly-high-risk) people together to mingle isn't a smart idea.
  2. Having criticized the CCCA's logo, it's with some irony that I just bought one of their hats from the CCCA store. I think the logo works well on the hat, actually. It's too expensive, but if you can't go to CCCA events these days at least you can wear the clothes.
  3. No, I'm happy to let anyone have it if anyone else wants to use it.
  4. I'm soon going to be in the fortunate position of having two Packards in my 2-car garage, and I have decided to order a sign to commemorate the occasion. Here's the image I created, should have the sign printed and sent to me soon.
  5. Nice! I once had a '41 110 that had Virginia YOM plates -- it's a really sharp combination. Enjoy.
  6. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I'm less drawn to Rolls-Royces because they're usually really formal cars and because I fear that they are really hard to keep on the road. They're cool to see, but the typical formality and concerns about maintenance are a deterrent.
  7. Very attractive car. I'm not a Rolls guy, but I like that. (No, no, I don't have space, just ask my wife.)
  8. Bought the set restored two years ago when I moved to California. The guy has a website, and when I saw the address I realized he was about 10 minutes from me. So I drove my Packard over to get the plates. He had an awesome vintage sign collection, too.
  9. California law on YOM plates is really quirky from a tax perspective. You can use YOM plates, but here's the trick: You can't use YOM plates if you want a historic registration that has essentially zero annual value taxes ($2 a year). For that, you need the special historical tags. If you want to use YOM plates, you need to pay the annual taxes that start off 0.65% of the value of the car and drop over 11 years to about 10% of that, or about .065%. This means that how much you pay for YOM plates depends on when you bought the car and how much you paid for it. For example, I recently went to register a rather expensive restored car I was fortunate to buy, and I wanted to use YOM plates. The annual tax bill just to be able to use the YOM plates was over $1,000 a year. When I asked the DMV employee how much it would cost a year if I just used historical tags, she ran the numbers and responded, "Ok, well in that case your tax is $2." No YOM plates for me on that car. On the other hand, I have another similar car that I bought 13 years ago in lousy shape and put a lot of money into. The state sees that car as now worth only about $6,000, so the annual tax is something like $50. YOM plates for that one. Strange state, California. (I assume there are a lot of people who register with historic tags and just put the YOM plates on anyway, but so it goes.)
  10. That's one benefit of the real estate market over the classic car market: When houses are offered for sale, the number of days it has been on the market is prominently listed and gives you a good idea of whether it is perceived as being priced too high. And then you have an agent urging the seller to drop the price.
  11. I've been a Life Member since about 2006 or so. It was $600 at the time, as I recall. I had joined the aaca in the 80s or 90s for a few years, but then came back to it around 2002 when I bought my first classic car. Plus, saved me the hassle of renewal.
  12. I was cruising around New York City in a convertible just like this. Fun wheels, with a good suspension, but underpowered at just one mom-power.
  13. I'm mostly doing what I used to do in winter back when I lived East: Starting each car about once a week, letting the oil get warm, driving up and down the drive way to get moving a bit, etc. I haven't yet ventured out on to the roads mostly because I'm paranoid I'll have a problem and get stuck. It's unlikely, but If that happens, I don't know if I can get a tow, or if a shop that could work on the car is open. But I'm probably just being paranoid, and I'll probably venture out for a real drive eventually.