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1935Packard last won the day on October 3 2018

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  1. This is post-war, as in after the War in Iraq. Who knew.
  2. The reason might also just be that you enjoy genuine antiques, so that a new old-looking sign just doesn't float your boat anymore than a new old-looking car would. But these are all just matters of taste and personal preference anyway. I suspect most people think we're weird that we love old cars in the first place -- and maybe they're right!
  3. "When all was said and done the car was worth around $400,000 although coming from the king of the American heart himself the vehicle would be worth millions today." Nice car, although they took some liberties on the market value!
  4. Buy it back at the exact same price you bought it for originally, which gives you your profit and teaches him his lesson. You spent your time and energy on this and made a fair sale: You deserve your profit. Alternatively, tell him he can sell it on the market and get what he can get. His odd choice is not your problem. I had a friend who had hilarious stories about driving an MG as a daily driver year round in Chicago back in the 70s. Funny stuff. But not recommended.
  5. The Red Crown pump plates have two markings, one on the left and one on the right. I think one on the right is the date, so I think it's supposed to be saying it's from 1948, but I'm not sure. By the way, here's one that was sold at auction recently as a reproduction that has both markings: https://www.mecum.com/lots/CH1018-346102/standard-red-crown-ssp-pump-plate-reproduction/
  6. Given that reproductions are usually worth a small fraction of the real thing, paying top dollar for a sign that you think is original, but that turns out to be a worthless reproduction, can feel like a pretty huge loss to me.
  7. For what it's worth, here's the pump plate I bought a few years ago from ebay that was sold as being original but that I think is likely a reproduction. It looks old, but there are some odd things about it -- in particular, bottom left, where there would be identifying marks happens to be scratches just right there. I assume it's a reproduction and I fell for it, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, I haven't bought a sign on ebay since then.
  8. One more thought: there are some good discussions of specific signs over at OldGas.com. One thing you can do is do a search there for the kind of sign you are looking for: if you're lucky, there will be a thread on that exact kind of sig about how to spot a fake. But a lot of times there's no thread for that kind of sign, although I suppose you could start one! https://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=8
  9. I was buying a lot of smaller signs on ebay about a decade ago, things like gas station pump plates, and one thing I did was study the pictures of a lot of listings to try to spot common features of fakes. I avoided a lot of mistakes that way, I think. But there's still one pump plate I bought for something like $180 after studying the pictures and markings online that to this day I can't tell is real or fake (although I suspect is a repro). As for Packard dealer signs, I lucked into buying one about five years ago at way below market. Just being in the right place at the right
  10. I know a lot of us collect vintage automobilia, and especially car-related signs, for our garages. I was wondering if any one here was a particular expert in how to tell real signs from fake ones. With prices of signs (especially porcelain) so high, you can spend a lot of money to decorate your garage with car signs. But it can be hard to tell the real from the fake, and I was wondering if anyone here had particularly good tips for how to tell the difference. I've used a few guideposts in the past. First, I have felt relatively safe buying signs that are common and inexpensi
  11. I do exactly the same, with exactly the same speaker. Great, isn't it? I just put the speaker next to the seat or on the floor while driving, and control it from my phone. None of my cars have working radios, and I just bring it with me to each car for drives. Can use it for several hours between charges, simple to recharge.
  12. There are excellent detailed pictures of such a car here: https://revsinstitute.org/the-collection/1912-mercer-raceabout/
  13. My books are mostly still in boxes from a recent move, but I see that AJ, Keiser, and John have Leon Mandel's 1982 book "American Cars" from the Harrah collection. Great stuff. I spent countless hours reading that book and looking through its pictures when I was a teenager. I still have my copy, with the spine beaten up from use, in one of these boxes.
  14. Lots of good advice here. One more thought: One useful career strategy is to find the people who have the job you want and to call them up and ask them how one gets there. People like to talk about themselves, and you'll often get some very good tips about what to do and what to avoid by talking to someone who has recently done what you want to do.
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