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Going through a pile of old photographs and found this one of my Grandfather's Cadillac.  I was in the care of my Grandparents on a sunny Spring Sunday afternoon in 1946 when they decided to take a drive from their apartment on Prospect Park West (Brooklyn) to the Rockaways.  Somewhere along the way Cadillac met utility pole and I (who was sitting on my Grandfather's lap) met windshield. Probably not a big deal except that I had just received my smallpox vaccination.  The vaccination site was opened in the accident spreading serum over portions of my body which resulted in my contracting cowpox.  On a positive note, I have been told that as a result of this episode my resistance to any of the smallpox type illnesses is very high.  As a negative, I remember that my parents were not pleased.  The photograph was taken by my FBI agent Father at a breaker's yard in the Rockaways using official G-Man equipment.  Perhaps someone might enjoy the photograph, if not the story behind it.    

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Who was driving, a Thai driver named Bang Ding Ow?..................Bob

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The car is a 1941 Cadillac Sixty Special.  One of 4100 made.    

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Is there more to the story?  Do you know if the breaker's lot was the final resting place for it?   Cars were very hard to come by in '46, and it looks like it was an otherwise fine top line car, and might have been saved.  While a college kid in 1950, I revived a '40 Buick Roadmaster that had very similar frontal damage, by using parts from a second one that had been in a rollover accident.  Cost for the two wrecks together came to $125, which was a bit less than what I received for a '35 Ford I had just sold.

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a) (ref title) only in the CL ad.

b ) was the hole in the windshield your head ?

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That was one hell of a hit. It's amazing that the RF door isn't pushed back against the B pillar or that it didn't pop open.

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Interesting part of Xander's film clip was, most of the cars were modified and performance vehicles.  I don't think that's what classic car insurance companies are looking for.  I guess nobody buys a performance car to drive slow and enjoy the scenery.

Or am I too skeptical? (30+ years in the insurance business)

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