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Hi, this is Dr. Martin Folb from Los Angeles. I have been trying to re-locate the name of the restorer who worked on the Al Jolson Packard after its sale last year at RM Auctions. I believe it was purchased by a Mr. David Kane. My father was a great Al Jolson fan, and if he had been alive I would have bought the car for him. I was intrigued by the fact that it was painted in a two-tone blue color scheme that is almost identical to one used by Lionel in their "BLUE COMET" sets made from 1930-39. Along with my interest in Classic cars, I am a very serious train collector and last November, some of my Lionel Standard Gauge trains were on display at the Cal-Stewart meet here in Southern California. I have included a photo of 4 of these BLUE COMET sets. At the time the Packard sold, I was hoping that if it ended up here in California, I could have photographed the car and train together to show how popular color palettes were being used on a wide variety of items in the 1930's.

While doing some research online, trying to locate information about a fellow train and car collector whom I had visited when I was about 20 years old by the name of Homer W. Fitterling, I was directed to the website of an automobile restorer (I believe in New Jersey) who not only knew about Homer, but just happened to have the Jolson Packard in his shop to be re-painted! This is the one shown in the photo here that now belongs to Mr. Kane. If anyone can help me locate that restorer, I would love to speak with him. Unfortunately, I misplaced his contact information. I am trying to find out what became of Homer's cars and trains (which, BTW, I have photographs of, taken during that visit).

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide. I can be contacted at rockgod123@earthlink.net or at 323-934-5826.


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The Fitterling cars were all sold to a gentleman in Georgia, who has since passed away. After his death, the cars were all auctioned off. I don't remember seeing any train stuff in the auction, but that doesn't mean they weren't there.

I think that the Kane / Jolson Packard is now its original color, which is a dark metallic grey. The blue color was a typical color being applied in the 1970s.

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