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1912 Cadillac, '38 Willys at AutoFair

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At Charlotte AutoFair, Spring & Fall, thousands of cars are for sale in the vendor fields and Car Corral. Occasionally among the collector cars circling the track at Lowes Motor Speedway are some real standouts.

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This 1912 Cadillac Model 30 Touring Car was one of them. Its asking price of $125K didn't seem too far afield considering today's restoration costs, but it went home with its owner, unsold.

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This was the year Cadillac adopted the self-starter developed by Charles Kettering. The Nickel Plate car literally towered over all other surrounding cars.

Another oddity found near Turn 3 was this super-rare '38 Willys Pickup that appeared to be restored to original condition. When was the last time you saw <span style="font-style: italic">any</span> Willys not turned into a Gasser or drasgstripper? The diminutive pickup was just too cute, had film provenance and was priced at $32K. I wish now I'd taken a few more pix of it, for posterity.

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FYI,

TG

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Saw them both. The Cadillac was a very impressive machine; he took it around the track a couple times while we were there Friday.

Did you see the blue 1962 Electra coupe over in the auction holding area? Any car there I could have brought home, that would have been the one.

There was a near totally original 1964 Galaxie sedan that I thought was overall the best buy there at $3900. Yes, I thought about it. Yes, I realised it would just be another car that wouldn't get driven as it should. But it sure was nice.

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Glenn,

The only other car I was smitten with was the pale yellow & white '62 Ninety Eight Coupe in the middle of the straight-away between Turns Two & Three. Too rich for my blood, but a pretty car nonetheless.

TG

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That Ninety Eight had also been buggered. It had a 1971 455 and Turbo 400 in it which caused me to lose interest kinda quick. Not as quick as if it had had a SBC engine, but a car that nice should have had it's original driveline.

I guess what chapped my hindquarters was he kept saying the car came like that.

Did you notice how many Edsels were there? More than I've ever seen in one place.

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Glenn,

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">...he kept saying the car came like that.</div></div>When he got it, maybe? Perhaps he thought they <span style="font-style: italic">all</span> came that way. LOL

I didn't stick around the Olds long enough to get the poop, and missed the Edsels, too. There's always next Spring!

TG

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