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  1. On 1/20/2020 at 9:14 AM, alsancle said:


    You could see this one coming from miles away.   There was a much older gentleman with a cane sitting on the bumper of this car before the auction.   I assumed the long time owner and it was gonna be heartbreaking watching his car die on the block at 1/2 the estimate.   Sadly,  that is exactly what happened.   Very nice car with dated colors.   Somebody that really knows Auburns,  can explain the Big Eight of 29,  vs the smaller ones of 30-33.


    Having written about that 1929 Auburn Cabriolet going for $51.5K  in this thread, I thought I would add an update that it did much better the next time around.  Makes me feel bad for the much older gentleman with the cane, as it seems that the next buyer made the money he was looking to make.



  2. 12 hours ago, Grimy said:

    1925-27 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 (the junior varsity model but still Full Classic) is 190 inches long (15 ft 10 in).


    The CCCA cars of the mid-1920s era seem a good bit shorter, at least on average, than the ones of the 1930s.   Maybe smaller cars when they had weaker brakes and therefore didn't want the extra weight?  Or maybe just the style, I don't know.

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  3. For those interested, here are a few lengths I could find online (although I don't know if the online references are accurate).  I'll edit this post if I find new ones to add.


    1931 Cadillac Eight:  16 feet, 11 inches


    1934 LaSalle:  16 feet, 10 inches (not a classic, but a very cool car).


    1935 Auburn Eight:  16 feet, 2 inches


    1927 LaSalle: 15 feet, 5 inches


    1933-40 Derby Bentleys: 14 feet 6 inches for the Chassis only.  [Car length depends on coachbuilder and body style]






  4. 1 hour ago, edinmass said:

    Yes......I must admit my sick sense of humor thought it was funny that I recommended him buying a new house when he hasn’t even moved into the one he is currently asking about............


    Like most wives of car collectors, Orin’s wife is a Saint...........I’m not sure she has figured out how much of the old car hobby is in her future yet...........but I’m sure it’s ten times more than she has imagined. Wait till I tell her that along with the new carriage house and guest apartment, Orin needs a suite of Snap-On tools........just another “sell” I have to help him with. 👍


    And yet she likes you anyway, for some unclear reason.  Go figure!

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  5. 12 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

    The cars are not nearly as big as everyone thinks they are. I just went out into the shop with a tape measure: my 1941 Buick limousine on a 139-inch wheelbase is just over 18 feet long, including bumpers. My 1929 Cadillac on a 140-inch wheelbase is barely 17 feet, bumpers included. A 1931 Packard 833 5P phaeton is about 16 feet, 3 inches and the 1931 Cadillac Town Sedan next to it is almost exactly the same with a 134-inch wheelbase but no trunk. The 1932 Marmon Sixteen we have on a massive 154-inch wheelbase with a trunk hanging off the back is probably as big as cars can get, and it's not quite 19 feet long with the trunk and bumpers; I have parked it in my standard 2-car garage at home without issues. Melanie's 1956 Chrysler station wagon is just about 16 feet but it looks gigantic from any angle and I would have guessed it was bigger than that. Freakishly long cars like Duesenberg limousines might approach the 20-foot barrier, but there aren't many cars that even get close to 20 feet.


    A standard garage should be at least 20 feet deep but much more commonly 24 feet deep if it was built in the last 50 years. My old house, which was built in 1927, had a small bump-out on the back wall of the garage that was obviously made for the nose of a very long '50s car, and without the bump-out it was just barely 20 feet deep.


    Any Full Classic should fit in a standard home garage. Will you have room to move around? Maybe.




    Thanks, Matt. 


    FWIW, the "problem" I am having, which Ed knows and is teasing me about, is that we're moving to a new place that has a 30-foot long attached garage.  (There's room to build another garage; negotiations with my better half have limited me to adding another two-car.  At least for now.  :))   Thinking down the road, I'm trying to figure out if I can someday fit two cars end-to-end in those 30 feet.   There are small cars from the 50s that I like that are 13-14 feet, so I'm trying to figure out what options I would have to squeeze in a second car. I mean, you have to daydream about something in the middle of a pandemic, so why not this.





  6. Most CCCA cars are in the range of 17, 18, or even 19 feet long.   I wonder, what are the shorter CCCA cars?  To narrow it a bit, let's stick with cars of the 1930s, available with four seats, and, and say, under 16.5 feet.  Any ideas?   The best ones I could think are the Cord 810/812 (which I believe are 15.75 feet), and maybe a Derby Bentley (which vary, but I have seen some stated as 16 feet).  Any others? 


    And yes, this is a question prompted by a garage space limitation. I mean, that's rational, right?  Um, right?  :)

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  7. 3 minutes ago, edinmass said:

    Once a year a fifty mile drive. Every other time, just till you reach full operational temperature to push out water vapor from the exhaust and crankcase. Five to ten mile trips are perfect. I usually let the car warm up at idle for ten minutes. Just before the louvre doors open.


    Thanks, Ed!  Good to know.  

  8. 10 hours ago, edinmass said:


    100 percent correct........I would just add.........use a fuel like VP for long term storage...........


    Driving a car 20 miles every 45-60 days is the absolute best way to keep them without any problems. In New England, I usually put them to sleep in late November or early December and then would get them out in early March. Did it for forty years without issues.....but also exercised each car every 45-60 days. Never had an issue. 


    Ed, do you have thoughts on the minimum drive to take?  I take each of my cars out around once a week for a drive in a residential neighborhood for about 20 minutes, roughly 5 miles or so.  Maybe once a month or so I'll make it 10 miles instead of 5.  2-3 times a year I'll go on a 40-50 mile drive, usually to or from a car show. Curious if I need to be driving for longer periods, in your view.

  9. 5 hours ago, nzcarnerd said:

    The local American car day was held yesterday - Sunday 1 November. I didn't get there but luckily a local photographer posted a bunch of photos on facebook.


    Most cars there are the expected run-of-the-mill stuff - predominantly post war Big Three cars.


    This Packard is one I have not seen here before. 1933 I guess.  The photo is not clear enough to read the registration sticker on the windshield.





    Yes, 1933 Packard Super Eight

  10. Around 20 years ago, when I was looking to buy my first antique car, I met a guy at a local car show who had a few cars like what I was looking to buy -- a '49 Cadillac. I had never driven one. He invited me to his house and let me take out his cars to get a feel for them, with him in the passengers seat.   I remember the thrill of driving his spectacular '49 convertible and feeling that I had to buy one.  And I also remember the terror when I misjudged the brakes and overshot a turn a bit, leading him to scream out immediate instructions of what to do to correct for it.  I think I lost about a pound in perspiration within 60 seconds.


    The happy end of the story is that I did buy my own '49 Cadillac about a year later, and I enjoyed hanging out with him at shows for years.  But I never forgot both sides of that drive, and I'm sure he didn't, either.



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