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A contemporary photo of a 1920 Ranger Model A-20 4-cylinder tourer, manufactured by the Southern Motors Manufacturing Association in Houston. The history of the Ranger is very murky. The company was in receivership by late 1922, and in 1924 fourteen people involved in the company were indicted for fraud. It is believed that the company was set up as a front to embezzle money from prospective investors. The handful of A-20 cars built were shuffled between the factory on the outskirts of Houston, and the dealership in downtown Houston, to give the appearance of regular production.
I ran across this add again; 1990 Buick Reatta :: $3,300 :: LAKE MARY, FL :: Listing ID-194217 :: CarsOnlineFree.com And made an inquiry. The response was supposedly from an ex-Serviceman disgruntled with his Iraq experience and what he saw there. Instead he quit, joined UNICEF and returned to Iraq. The car was being sold strictly to make a donation to UNICEF, Oh and he'd entered the vehicle in the eBay Vehicle Protection Program. The price is down to $2700. including shipping. (I guess this guy in Nigeria doesn't know there's an international border between FLA and PEI Canada) Supposedly all you have to do is provide your name and address, you'll receive an invoice from eBay with payment instructions (Western Union Money-gram no doubt) Once the Seller has confirmed payment he'll ship you the car giving you 5 days to accept or reject. Should you decide to not accept the vehicle he'll cover the return shipping, no problem. Oh and sorry, he's in Iraq, the car is in Missouri in a storage facility and it can't be accessed for inspection-see the above generous acceptance terms. I Googled "eBay Vehicle Protection Program" and wasn't surprised to see there were many, many SCAM references. This is almost like a compliment, the Reatta has finally made it to "Main Stream" the Scammers have discovered us!