NEWS AND VIEWS

Our Newsletter, News & Views contains a message from the President, minutes from our last meeting, list of activities, reports on recent events, history and classifieds. We also feature a cover car with a bio. This car was featured in a recent issue.

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Cover Car: 1955 Buick Roadmaser Riviera Hardtop

Owned By: Bruce Swayze

My father was a Buick man while I was growing up in the 1950's and 1960'sand we had a Special or Century model every other year beginning in 1953. I was always fascinated by the Dynaflow transmission (no feel of shifting gears) and the beautiful styling both in and out,

I always wanted a Roadmaster (top of the line) however, I thought it it would come in the form of a 1948 (the year I was born)convertible. One Saturday morning several years ago my son, Eric, called and said I should go look at a car just 2 miles away. I did just that and that was it for me - a 1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Hardtop. A friend had his "lift" to check out any car that I found so we checked it out and it was "OK".

I made a low offer that the seller did not accept. My friend called me the next day to tell me that he thought it might be listed in Hemmings (it was) so other offers would be likely. I was about to call the seller the next day but he called first and said, "My wife thinks you should have the car." We split the difference, and I was now the proud owner of a 4450 pound Cherokee Red and Black Beauty, one of 28000 made. The exterior was fine, but the interior was old and tired and the trunk lining old and shot. The mechanicals also needed some work, including the Rochester 4 barrel carb.

Now Now with a new interior and trunk and better mechanicals and radial tires to be added shortly, my son and I will be ready for the Buick Nationals in Charlotte NC in June.

Fred and Pat Gaines

 


 

 

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Cover Car: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Owned By: Ferd and Pat Gaines

This un-restored 1956 Ford Thunder Bird was purchased in April of 2003 from the original owner with only 57,000 miles. He had kept it in a heated garage for its whole life. Our daughter saw an ad in a local Pottstown newspaper. Pat made the appointment to go see it. Fred was taken with the condition and bought it right away.

It has a 312 cubic inch engine with an automatic transmission. In addition to the hard top it has a convertible top plus a tonneau.

Fred and Pat Gaines

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1937 LaSalle

Owned By: Chuck and Audrey Storm

The 1937 LaSalle was owned and mostly restored by a former CCACC member, Sam Moore. I was helping Sam do some of the work and when we finished, Sam said "Do you want to but the car?" His next move was to put in on E-Bay. I was sure this as an idle threat, so I agreed to buy it. It stayed in Sam's garage for 3 more weeks and when I saw Sam he said, "Come get your car." I took it home and finished some final work and that's where it sat, covered, for a full year. I saw Sam one day and questioned him on whether he calmed down and did he want and did he want his car back. Well, I now own an Opera Coupe from Cadillac that has an original 8 cylinder engine that cruises at 75 MPH all day. The rear seats fold down from either side, the roomy trunk makes the cars of today look small.

The hub caps are the size of a pizza tray and the weight of a large anvil.

Chuck and Audrey Storm

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe 4 Door Sedan

Owned By: Larry and Marie Kline

We had been casually looking for an early six cylinder (1929 to 1954) Chevrolet. Our goal was to participate in VCCA (Vintage Chevrolet Club of America), early six cylinder tours held each year in a different part of the Country. Last August I decided to sell my '55 Chevy to create an empty space in the garage and start a serious search for the "new" car. I went to a car show at Ruffini's and put a for sale sign in the window of the '55. When I got home I had a phone call from a man whose son was interested in the car. When I told him where I lived he replied that he lived less than a mile from me. Long story short they came over to my place, looked at the '55, and bought it. In discussing the car I explained my reason for selling. They asked if I had seen the green '52 4 door sedan at the show, stating that it was for sale. I had seen the car but there was ni indication that it was for sale. They knew the owner and gave me a contact number for him. I went to see the car the next day and bought it.

The car had only 60,125 miles on the odometer. As far as I can tell it had original paint, drive train, and interior, with the exception of the seats which we had redone due to the disintegration of the foam padding. Other than rebuilding the brake master cylinder, the car needed very little to get it ready for the tour.

We left home for our first tour on Sept 10th. We drove 285 miles to Waynesboro, VA, where we spent five days touring over 500 miles. The longest day was 189 miles. We returned home, 285 miles on Sept 16th. The car performed very well, and it is a pleasure to drive and rides very comfortably.

The '52 Chevy is a great addition to our garage. Our primary interest in the old cars is touring. We have spent many pleasurable miles touring in our Model "T", Model "A" and the '55 Chevy. We are looking forward to many more tours with the '52.

Larry and Marie Klinw

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1961 MG Midget Roadster

Owned By: James and Ann Hensel

The 1961 MG Midget was purchased in 2005from Emil (Chick) and Joy Tkachick. It's a four cylinder engine with a four speed manual gear box. This MGM also has a removable top. It's taken 5 years to restore it completely and get it back on the road. My nephew, Dale has enjoyed working on the car as much as I have. We have had to research where to purchase the special parts needed to restore it to the original state.

As a member of the Chester County Antique Car Club, I am looking forward to taking the MGM to many car shows and telling the story behind my favorite car.

Jim and Ann Hensel

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1984 Mercedes Benz 380 SL Cp Roadster

Owned By: Russ Swallow

The 380 SL (Sport Leicht or Sport Light) built from 1980 through 1984 was a smart looking two-seater convertible that could be equipped with a soft top or a hardtop. The 380 SL sits on 14 inch alloy wheels with 4-wheel disc brakes. It features a 96.9 inch wheelbase and measures 172.8 inches long. It stands 51.2 inches tall and 70.5 inches wide and its curb weight is listed as 3,395 Lbs.

The 380 SL's 16 valve fuel-injected V-8 engine displaces 3.8 liters, produces 218 HP and matched with a 4 speed automatic transmission has a top speed of 127 MPH. Production was 11,115 units in 1984 with a total of 53,200 cars from 1980 through 1985. The 380 SL coupe cost $43,820 new in 1984.

I purchased my 380 SL in 2006 from a friend of Chuck and Audrey Storm. The previous owner kept the car in pristine condition in a climate controlled garage. As far as I can calculate by checking service records, I was only the 4th owner of this car, It rides and handles well, has good pep and looks great in Lapis Blue.

Russ Swallow

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 2008 Dodge Charger

Owned By: George Hitchens

My 2008 Dodge Challenger. It all started in 2006 at Chrysler at Carlisle. They had a model of the car therein Hemi Orange and it was an SRT model. I told my wife Carol I was going to own one. Speaking with New Holland Auto, who was only receiving one of the 6400 Challengers being built in 2008, I ordered the car on December 12, 2007. I ordered it with all the options and in Hemi Orange. It wasn't until the first week in August 2008 that the car finally arrived at New Holland Auto Group. It was Hemi Orange and it was number 2010.

And boy did we put the car to the test. He second week we had it we took a road trip to Michigan and what a road trip it was. People went nuts over the car. People were hanging out of their cars taking pictures while we were driving down the highway. If we stopped somewhere people wanted to see the car. And the car still gets lots of looks today. And what a fast car it is with its 460 horsepower engine. I got to teat that out too when went to the SRT Experience with my Grandson Jake, at the Pocono Raceway. I also won a top 25 with Jack Robinson at Wildwood New Jersey this past year.

George Hitchens

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1967 Sears Allstate (Vespa) Motor Scooter

Owned By: Chuck Storm

NOTE: This is really the October News and Views showing a printer's error of the wrong month on the picture.

We purchased the 1967 Sears Allstate (Vespa) motor scooter in 1969. At the time 235 miles were on the scooter and we paid $235.00.

I used it to get to work for a few years and we took it to the Delaware Shore on weekends. It also went on many family vacations and 25 years ago it was put in storage and then last fall we took it to Florida and restored it during the winter months.

Some of the parts had to be ordered from Italy since it was a Sears unit which they sold only for two years. It took several months to get the parts as they used the slowest boat from Italy. We now have 2780 miles on the scooter.

Chuck Storm

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1967 Rambler Rogue H/T

Owned By: Larry Blatt

I am one of the very lucky people who purchased their antique car new. I actually ordered the car. It was not sitting on the dealer lot. Here is a description of the car and a it of its history. It is a '67 Rambler Rogue hardtop painted Sungold with a black vinyl top and black interior. It is equipped with the 343 4 bbl V8, 4 speed manual transmission, which was a mandatory option with the 343 American, power steering, power front disc brakes, Firestone Wide Oval Red line tires, 3.54 Twin Grip differential , Handling Package, Dash mounted tachometer, Sports Steering Wheel, Headrests, Heavy duty cooling and electrical systems, electric wipers and washers, Solex glass, and the light group. As you can see I pretty much loaded this car. It was ordered on February 28, 1967 and I took delivery on March 31.

I traded in a '65 American 440-H, which was equipped with the 232 2bbl, Six and Shift Command. My Rogue was originally ordered with Shift Command, but the factory stopped the order telling my dealer, Gegnas Rambler in Philadelphia, that the 343 Americans could only be had with the 4 speed transmission. Only the big cars, Rebel, Marlin, and Ambassador could be had with Shift Command behind the 343. A closer look at the specifications revealed that this was true.

This car was originally to be a two year car. I knew that AMC would be introducing their much anticipated "pony car" soon, but when I read the ad for the 343 American, I just couldn't wait. I figured I would trade it in for the pony car in a couple of ears. But as things turned out, when it was time to trade it, I was in the process of getting married, and that put all car buying on hold. Also by this time, the Rouge was used only for special occasions, as my daily driver was now a '58 Rambler Ambassador sedan. In 1969 I came very close to buying an SC/Rambler, but wasn't pleased with its plain interior, so instead, I installed a 390 short block in the Rogue. The Rouge was now shod with a set of Cragar SS mags. And I bought an SC/Rambler hood scoop and installed it on another hood. Also installed a set SC/Rambler Mirrors, and you don't want to know how cheap they were back then! So I had my own little SC/Rambler, but it was gold instead of red, white and blue. The sad thing is that the Rouge never ran any better with the 390 than it did with the 343. But it was still a fun car, and no one would ever admit to being beaten by a Rambler.

I had a few other Ramblers through the years, and around 1986 they were all sold so I could concentrate on the Rogue. I decided I would put it back to stock. Little by little, the car was transformed almost to the way it was when I bought it. In 1993, I had a good friend paint it the original Sungold. Early in 1994 the 390 engine had some problems, and I decided to install the 343 back into it. When the engine was out, we detailed the engine compartment, and at the AMCRC Grand National in 1995, I surprisingly won a Best of Show. It wasn't long afterwards that the 343 started to knock. It was removed, rebuilt, and reinstalled. Since then I have taken the Rogue to many meets, shows and events. I have won several awards with it, including a Second Junior at the AACA Eastern Divisional in Hershey, Pa. in 1999. Since that time, I rarely have it judged, as I am very proud of the awards it has won and would like to give others the chance to win. I used to race it at nostalgia events and at All ANC Day at Cecil County Dragway. I loved racing it, and it ran low 15's and high 14's just the way it is, which is basically stock. The only other big change made was the installation of a 3.15 rear a few years ago and Diamondback Classic red line radials. It is a much better cruiser now. Hope to see everyone at all of the shows next year. Thanks for reading my story!

Larry Blatt

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1941 Crosley CB

Owned By: Jeanie Cassidy

My 1941 Crosley Model CB-41coupe is an AACA HPOF certified car. My friend purchased this car in 1992 and enjoyed taking the car to shows. It is a 2-cylinder, air cooled engine and has a three speed "crash" gear box, 10.5 horse power. The car has been maintained and preserved not restored. Crosley club members have used this machine as a reference in restoring their pre-war models. It is sometimes referenced to as the "Clown Car".

Jeanie Cassidy

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 2004 Ford Thunderbird

Owned By: Jack Robinson

I was a little hesitant to turn in a modern car for the cover of the newsletter, but since they stopped making Thunderbirds and Natalie was begging for cover photo's and stories, plus I figured it would be good advertising for the club that to be a member you just have to have a car interest not necessarily an antique car.

In 1955 when the Thunderbird came out I was intrigued by them because I was just thinking about owning and driving a car and I liked Ford. By the time I got my drivers license a used Thunderbird cost more than I could afford. Over the years, I still had an interest in a two-seater sports car.

When the new 2002 Thunderbird came out with 2 seats, I checked them out at the new car show in Philadelphia, and I did not care for the interior color, there was too much black inside the convertible. (It would be too hot with the top down.)

Then in 2007 at all Ford Carlisle I was with a friend that was showing a '96 Thunderbird and he invited me to a Thunderbird show at the Ford Dealer in Carlisle that night. There they had big turn out of new two-seaters in all different colors, 2002 thru 2005plus of course '55 and up.

In looking them over I noticed a 2004 that did not have black in the interior. In talking to the owner he told me this car was a special edition called a "Pacific Coast Roadster" and it was a number car and they only made 1000 units world wide. I told my friend I could go for one like this but what are the chances of finding one if they only made 1000, he replied, "look on the internet". So I did with no luck, I informed my friend I saw none for sale. A week later my friend call and said he found one in New Jersey at a Honda dealership and it was a good price. The next morning I was off to New Jersey thinking for the money they were asking the car was in poor condition or they did not know it was a number car. When I got there the car was like new condition with 30,000 miles and both tops and the rack to hold the hard top,. Long story short I drove it home that day. They put the hard top on the car and the top rack folded up and was put in the trunk. The Thunderbird is more of a personal car than a real sports car but that makes for a good long trip driver. The picture on the front cover was taken at Daytona Beach Florida. There were four special editions, a 2002 Black Neiman Marcus, a 2003 Red James Bond , 2004 Green Pacific Coast Roadster and a 2005 Cream 50th Anniversary and the production increased to 1600 that year. Now let's see if the Thunderbird comes back again.

Jack Robinson

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1914 Saxon

Owned By: Ed and Anne Hillbush

NOTE: See the January and April 2011 stories below.

Our April issue was a 1912 Flanders and this month we have the 1914 Saxon. This car has spent all its life since winning its AACA Senior Award in a museum and needs a ton of work to be road worthy, and to make things more difficult parts are not to be found for this orphan beauty. With the help of Ancient Auto we have been able to rig a few Model "A" parts to fit. Every car should have at least one Model "A" part. Soon we will have the beauty going on Brass tours. Look for us in the spring.

Ed and Anne Hillbush

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1947 Willy's M38

Owned By: Chuck and Mary Walker

This Jeep I found on a farm in Morgantown on a Saturday while they were having a barn sale. I was the first person there to see the Jeep. It did run or start but the body was the best I saw in all my searching even though it needed attention. The owner and I discussed the situation and agreed on a price. He accepted my check to hold till Monday when I would return.

One of my good friends John Newlin went with me when I picked it up and he was a big help when towing it home. Once in the garage I replaced the starter and tuned it up completely and replaced the two front tires, added and installed a roll bar and seat belts and made my own canvas top.

After some time and being towed home I replaced the water pump and totally rewired Jeep. Last year I rebuilt the wheel cylinders and had a shop replace the master cylinder, throw out bearing and clutch assembly. The Jeep runs very well and is used a lot.

After my body work & painting I made it into a Willy's Army Jeep with a few body parts added plus the olive drab and decals. My main purpose was to make it a Memorial Jeep in memory of others who served and defended our Country. The Jeep flags and the hood ornament expresses this thought. Being a member of the Military Vehicle Historical Society, I am in a lot of parades.

Chuck and Mary Walker

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1912 Flanders

Owned By: Ed Hilbush

NOTE: See the January 2011 story below.

I saw this 1912 Flanders in January (2010) in New York and placed a bid on it and a 1914 Saxon which will be a future News and Views cover car. After much discussion I figured the family would never sell so I pulled my bid and bought a 1913 Buick.

Later I found out the entire collection was to be suctioned off at Hershey, no reserve. Well what can I say? I knew if I went to the auction without a bidders pass and the car sold for less then I offered in January, would be a little upset. I now have this cute little car and even tho is a hand crank she is running with the first pull. The car is a little small for my large body but that gives me a real incentative to loose weight. Look for us in the Spring tours.

Ed Hilbush

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1956 Oldsmobile 88

Owned By: Russ Swallow

NOTE: The photos on this Website are scanned from our news letter and this time the USPS "vandalized" Russ's car in the cancellation process.

As a young 5th grader at McClure Elementary School in Philadelphia School system, I was on the Safety Patrol which was sponsored by Keystone AAA. In the morning, at lunchtime, and again in the afternoon I passed a 1956 Oldsmobile on my way to y patrol post. Each and every time that I passed the car I would peek into the car's side window and glance at the dashboard and all of the chrome. I fell in love with 1956 Oldsmobiles and dreamed that I would someday own one.

In late fall of 2005 I ran across an ad online for a 1956 Oldsmobile in the southern Chicago suburb of Tinley Park and called the owner to see if he was in a big hurry to sell the car. I told him that I was very interested in the car but that I could not get out there to look at it until after the Christmas and New Year holidays. I got a good rate on a plane ticket rental car and flew out on Saturday 1/7/2006. I kicked around Chicago on Saturday and on Sunday I meet the owner, checked the car over, left a deposit and flew home. Because of the Barrett Jackson auction deliveries in January, 2006 I wasn't able to get delivery of my car until late in February. It was well worth the wait.

My car is a 1956 Oldsmobile 88, 2 door Holiday Coupe in Alcan White and Artesian Blue. It has a Rocker 88-324 cubic inch engine with a standard transmission (a rarity). The cars weights 3741# and has a wheelbase of 122 inches. There were 74,739 of this model produced at a base price of $2,330.00. Hopeann and I recently took it to a "50's Night" in Exton and the Olds was a big hit. It is a pleasure to drive and can really move. I only wish that it had power steering, but a new set of radials might help.



Russ Swallow

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1929 Dodge Brothers Sedan Model DA

Owned By: Jim and Betty Pike

I purchased this 1929 Dodge Brothers Sedan Model DA from the estate of a good friend that passed away more that 10 years ago. I have owned this car for approximately 8 years. When I purchased it, the wheels would not turn (rusted fast) and would not run.

I had a good friend, Ralph Destephano of Potluck Restorations help get it running. The braking system was completely rebuilt, also putting sleeves in the cylinders, rebuilt clutch, exhaust system, radiator core, hoses, belts, cleaned gas tank, new tires, checked trans and differential. This ighty flat head 6 cylinder has more that 26 wild horses under the hood and runs pretty good.

It is all original except for the electric fuel pump, sleeved brake cylinders, radiator core and was repainted once. The interior is all original and in pretty decent condition. The rear of the car has pull down window shades, foot rest and hand bar on back of the front seat, and wood spoke wheels. It is a good and solid old Dodge. I'm not sure how it would hold up on a long trip.


Jim & Betty Pike

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1913 Buick

Owned By: Ed and Anne Hilbush

After not being able to buy the Flanders and the Saxon back in January, I saw the 1913 Buick advertized in Antique Auto and withy a bunch 0f phone conversations and e-mails we finally arrived on a price that was acceptable and I bought the car. The previous owner did say it needed a little Carb work and he was right. I took Jim Bewley for a test run and we were a road hazard with how slow we went and with right hand drive I kept trying for the left side of the highway. Knowing Mike Jones has a Buick exactly like mine, I called him to see if Jim and I could come see his car and pick his brain. Long story short, Mike got me in touch with Clay Green a Buick expert who took my car and performed magic as the car I got back ran like a race car, in fact my first tour was up in up state New York where we toured 175 miles plus on more dirt roads than I care to see anytime soon again, and the Buick ran fine.

Feeling confident in the car we went to Holland, Michigan for the Glidden Tour and with the exception of the one day of rain where I discovered the brakes don't work when wet, a little excitement there, she ran fine and I won a Glidden Medal.

Now with confidence overflowing we took the Buick now named "Clowie" on the reliability run Tour in Southern Georgia and again she ran without a hitch, minor hiccup, on day 4 but being 97 years old, she is allowed. I have had a real blasé with this car and "Clowie" is now in the garage being polished, serviced and cleaned up for the spring tours.

Ed and Anne Hillbush

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1922 Ford Model "T" Canopy Express

Owned By: Kennett Square Historical Commission

Driven and Maintained by Lou Mandich

The Model T Ford was made from 1908 through 1927; more than 6,000,000 were produced. There were many small changes over the years, but the basic 22 horsepower 4 cylinder engine and 2 speed transmission were basic throughout the production run.

This particular vehicle was purchased by Jacob Noznesky in 1922 to replace the horse and wagon he used to collect junk throughout the borough. It was fitted with a York Hoover body with side curtains in the cargo area and drop down windows in the cab section. The lettering on the door used to read:

Jacob Noznesky
Rags
Hides
Fat
Scrap Metal
Kennett Sq. Pa.

In 1940 the lettering was painted over and "Jakes Town Car" was substituted for a special borough parade and celebration.

Jacob Noznesky was a Russian Jew who fled to New York in the early 20th century. He soon found work on the P.S.duPont estate at Longwood. He asked Mr. duPont if he could have the lead pipes that were being removed from the estate. He then trundled the pipes to the railroad station in Kennett Square in a wheelbarrow - a distance of four miles - where he sold them at a profit. Shortly thereafter, he became the "Rag and Bone Man"; pushing his cart through Kennett Square and advertizing "Throw nothing away - Call Jake". Soon he graduated to a horse and cart and bought property adjacent to the railroad station.

By the late 1920's, he has established his sons in the towing and automobile repair business is 3 locations in downtown Kennett Square and had built a large building near the railroad station and had begun to purchase other property around town. A large friendly man, Jake lived until 1950, and was featured in the Reader's Digest series "The Most Unforgettable Character I've ever Met". He had become successful enough that his family owned nearly 1/4 of the real estate in town by then.

Over the years family members moved away and - as his daughter, Sarah, neared the end of her life - a decision was made to sell the Ford, and the Historical Commission was the high bidder. Since 1999, the vehicle has been exhibited in local events and driven in nearly every parade. In June, it officially won the hill climb event at the Model T meet at Hay Creek. (But John Fleming's car had the best unofficial time and beat Jake by 1/2 a second after it was released from wood sawing duty). John allowed Lou to keep the trophy with Jake. however.

Submitted by Lou Mandich

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1971 Mercedes Benz - 250

Owned By: Ernie Jameson

I purchased this 1971 Mercedes Benz, 250, 4 door, 6-cylinder with twin carbs, 4-speed on the floor, leather interior & factory air.

I bought it in 1974 from a Downingtown resident and it only had 30,000 miles and was in like new condition. It now has approx. 100,000 miles and still runs very well. It is showing a little rust under the body. Otherwise a very fun car to drive and handles very well even at high speed.

Ernie Jameson

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1965 Shelby Cobre SC

Owned By: Jim Pike

My wife and son made my dream come true. A week before Christmas my son, Jim, told me that my Christmas present would be received late, sometime after Christmas. I said "oh" yes, just like every other Christmas.

It was February 4th, a man knocked on my house door. I opened the door, the man said "Where do you want it?" I said "What?" He said "There is not enough room on your property to unload the car."

At the intersection was parked the largest double decked NASCAR type trailer I had ever seen. I asked to unload across , a very large empty parking lot and I and my son walked over to the parking lot to see the car. The truck driver opened the side door and I saw a BMW, a Jaguar, a motor cycle and x Corvette. On the top were two or three empty spaces and a Cobra.

The driver started the Cobra and backed out unto the elevator and lowered it. My son said, "There it is," and signed the transport slip.

All my life, since the 60's, I had liked the Shelby Cobra more than any other car.

The car is a Mid-States Reproduction of a 1965 Shelby Cobra S.C. The S.C. means Street or Competition. My son bought the car in Topeka, Kansas. It is used and has 5,965 miles on it. It has all Ford Components and has 4 wheel disc brakes and a small block w.375 H.P, has an 8 quart oil pan (Cobra) Twin Oil Filters, electric fan, Edelbrock intake, wrapped headers, roller bearing motor, it weighs 2200 lbs. and sounds awesome.

YES, THIS WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!

Jim Pike

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1923 Ford Model T Depot Hack

Owned By: Mark & Judy Tunnell

According to the serial number, the engine was completed May 4, 1922 at Ford's Highland Park plant in Detroit, and later attached to a chassis with the corresponding number. It was shipped by rail 544 miles to Springfield Massachusetts, where the body was hand-made of red oak and white pine by the Springfield Commercial Body Company, Incorporated. The firm produced two popular models of wooden depot hack bodies in the 1920's and into the early 30's. This one is the Model 331 "Suburban Body" featuring the typical "rib and panel" pattern. There are few surviving examples today.

Before the term "station wagon" became common this vehicle was referred to as a "depot hack". They were strictly utilitarian taxis used to pick you up at the depot and take you home or to your hotel. The car had no windows other that the windshield, no water pump, nooil pump and no accelerator for that matter.

The car was ordered by a Ford dealership on Boylston Street in Boston, and still has the dealer's plaque mounted inside. Although I do not know the owners during the 20's and through the Depression, the names of the owners after World War II, now over 60 years ago are known. The car was taken apart in 1972 and not reassembled (it was a literal "basket case") until 2005 by an amateur restorer, Wendell Routon, of Emden, Maine. He did a beautiful job in a frame up restoration - and the car is just my speed.

Mark Tunnell

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1973 Ford MustangConvertible

Owned By: Jack Robinson

I always had an interest in Mustangs, but did not know which year or model I liked the most. In talking car talk with a acquaintance in Maryland he mentioned he had a 1973 Mustang convertible that he had purchased new and was not driving very much because it needed some restoration work. I told him if he ever decided he wanted to sell, I would be imterested in looking at it.

Some years later he told me he was moving and was thinking of selling the Mustang. I made arrangements to check it out a his home in Baltimore, Maryland, and the some restoration turned out to much more than just some restoration.

It was just a standard convertible with a 302 V8, and automatic. I knew it was not the most popular or desirable Mustang made, however, it was drivable and seemed to have a good solid body because it was garaged most of its life.

I decided to take on the challenge after all it was the last year of the big Mustang and the convertible, so we agreed on a price and I drove it home. That was in November of 2003 and I did not make time to work on it until last year. After some new interior parts, top and paint, it is back on the road again.

I have come to find out this Mustang is a real good and fun car to drive.

Jack Robinson.

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1987 Mercedes 560

Owned By: Ernie and Nell Jameson

This car was purchased in The Villages in Central Florida. Some of the records show it also has a history in Georgia.

It is automatic, with V-8 engine (very fast)and had 125,000 miles showing on the speedometer, but is in well kept condition. No rust or body damage.

It has a hard top and a soft top. Car is light Gray with gray leather interior and the soft top is blue.


Ernie and Nell Jameson

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe

Owned By: Tom and Cindy Gillespie

One Sunday Cindy and I were out for a drive in beautiful southern Chester County near Nottingham. We passed a home which had a four door fast back Chevy in the driveway with a "For Sale" sign on it. My wife asked if I wanted to stop and look at it and I said no. She had a puzzled look on her face because she knows how I like to stop and look at any old car with a "For Sale" sign on it. I said I thought you wanted a '56 Chevy and that is not a '56. We continued on our journey. After a few hours, we came back passed the car and decided to stop. When we saw that it was all original, un-restored and the price was right we just could not pass it up.

It turns out that we are the third owners and have the original delivery slip from the first owners who lived in Delaware.They were kind enough to order the car with many options that we enjoy today. Everything works with the exception of the push button radio which gets power but makes no sound. To our surprise surprise last spring when I changed the rear shocks we found out that they were also original. That's not bad for a 59 year old car with 93,000 miles on it. We do have a cracked block block which we intend to repair this winter. We have enjoyed our Chevy for over seven years and have recently added a 1956 Chevrolet Model 210, 4 door to go along with our 1971 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible. We are lucky to have some good cars and to belong to a very nice car club.


Tom & Cindy Gillespie

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

Owned By: Richard Parsons

My family and I were enjoying the final hours of the Atlantic City Car Auction on Sunday Feb. 9 1998, at the new Convention Center, when we first spotted the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. It had just gone up for bid and was being returned to the display area with a sign on the windshield that read "THIS CAR IS STILL FOR SALE - high bid was $_________. The seller had rejected the highest bid.

The car is a real plain Jane. The whole interior including the dashboard, headliner, and the rugs are the color as exterior paint, which is Nantucket Blue. There is no console and the transmission is a Powerglide 2-speed automatic on the column. The engine is low mileage - Thrust "D" wheels and some Goodyear Eagle GT II to dress "Jane" up a little.


Richard Parsons

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1927 Austin Seven Chummy

Owned By: Jeanie Cassidy

My 1927 Austin Seven Chummy was purchased in June of 1995 from Austin Works by by my friend and partner, Bob Rimel. It is a four-cylinder, water cooled, 10.5 HP engine, magneto ignition with three speed "crash" gear box. Frame and fenders are steel, coachwork is aluminum over ash. It has been maintained and preserved - not restored.

The previous owner did some extensive mechanical restoration work on it and some body work. The engine, gearbox, steering and rear axle plus the dash were all redone.

Bob took the car to several shows during the 90"s. After Bob passed away, I acquired the car and had further maintenance performed on the car. Bob was very proud of this car and I feel I am very privileged to be able drive and enjoy the car.


Jeanie Cassidy

 


 

 


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Cover Car: 1963 Chevy Nova SS Conv

Owned By: David and Betty Shingle

Knowing where to find our present 1963 Nova SS convertible was easy; being able to buy it was a 10 year adventure. Having had 2 of them before, we did the repairing and repainting, selling and waiting until it was finally offered for sale. The former owner had bought it in 1980 and stored it covered in a garage for 24 years. After trailering it home and replacing the fuel tank and lines it started and ran well but would not stop. We then replaced all of the brake lines and wheel cylinders and it now stops. After a new top and some detailing this 68,000 mile car is now able to be shown again.


David and Betty Shingle