Wednesday
Jun222016

1954 Cadillac Convertible

By Vern Parker

A new 1954 Cadillac convertible coupe was sold at the Alvin T. Fuller Cadillac/Oldsmobile dealership in Boston, Massachusetts 62 years ago.

After long and faithful service the car was sold to the second owner who took it home to eastern Pennsylvania with the idea of restoration.

The restoration dream was commenced but never realized, however, it was relatively well protected in a garage for 20 years.  The second owner had begun to disassemble the Cadillac carefully identifying each part.

In the spring of 2011 Randy Edison saw the car for sale.  It was in countless pieces but nevertheless Edison was attracted to the car even in that condition.  He became the third owner but did not take delivery of all the various pieces until the autumn of 2014.  A year later his car was in a restoration shop in order to return the 4,600-pound convertible to like new condition.

 

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Monday
Jun062016

1988 Ford 150 Lariat

By Vern Parker

Because the winter of 2015/2016 was so unusually mild Steve Kerley and his wife, Robin took occasional walks through their Stafford, Virginia neighborhood.  On one such walk just a few blocks from their home they saw a 1988 Ford F-150 Lariat pickup parked on the street with a "For Sale" sign in the window.  At the time Kerley was not in the market for any vehicle, let alone an antique pickup.  However, the truck appeared to be in such remarkable condition that he not only gave it a thorough once over but inquired at the house near where the Ford was parked.

From the seller he learned that the Ford was a one owner vehicle that had been well cared for until recently.  The seller had recently purchased the truck with the idea of a father/son restoration project.  Evidently the son did not share that vision so the truck was being offered for sale.

"It looked pretty good and ran," Kerley says.  He and his wife went home to ponder whether they really needed an old truck even if it was in excellent condition.

Their question was quickly answered in the affirmative.  So on January 15, 2016 Kerley returned, purchased the truck and drove it home.

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Friday
Jun032016

1951 Nash-Healey

By Vern Parker

The sporty roadster that carried the Nash-Healey name had an unlikely genesis.  A chance meeting of Charles Nash and Donald Healey found the two men had a lot in common.

In 1951 a Nash-Healey roadster was introduced.  It featured a British Healey aluminum body with an overhead valve six-cylinder Nash engine.

Without the financial backing of automotive giants such as  General Motors or Ford costs were shaved wherever possible.  The grille was lifted right off the Nash Airflyte sedan assemble line.

Now Reggie Nash claims no relationship to Charles Nash other than the name they share.  However, the rare Nash-Healey sports car has long held an attraction for him.  He says that only 104 were manufactured.

Forture smiled on Nash in 1978 when he found one for sale in Kansas City.  Records indicate the car, originally painted black had been assembled in December of 1950.  It was the fifth one off the line.

 

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Tuesday
May172016

1904 Model "L" Rambler

By Vern Parker

During the automotive brass era of more than a century ago many manufacturers began with something familiar -- a horse-drawn carriage only without the horse.

One of the early cars was made by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The name Jeffery gave his car was Rambler.  Eight models were offered and advertising for the 1904 Model "L" Rambler rear door canopy tonneau boasted that the right-hand drive Rambler was "a car that stands wear without constant repair -- a car that you can rely upon year in and year out."

Records show that Milton Stocking evidently was convinced the Rambler was the car for him.  He reportedly took a train to Kenosha where he bought a 1904 Rambler Model "L" and drove the 1,725-pound car home. Leaf springs on all four corners of the car assisted in smoothing the rutted roads of that time. 

Since then the car has had two other owners, the current one is Reggie Nash of Richmond, Virginia.

 

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Monday
May022016

1960 Edsel Ranger

By Vern Parker

At first glance Jack Beahm's car is frequently mistaken for a 1959 Pontiac because of the similar split grilles.  However, his car's true identity is a 1960 Edsel Ranger.

The short lived Edsel phenomenon came to an end when Ford Motor Company determined the company had lost enough money on the car that the motoring public did not seem to want.

When the first Edsel was introduced as a 1958 model it was known for the "horse collar" vertical grille while the rest of the automotive industry was trending toward a horizontal look.

By the end of production Edsel stylists had made many changes including dropping the vertical grille in favor of a horizontal one easily mistaken for the grille of a 1959 Pontiac.

Only 2,846 Edsels were built for the 1960 model year.  One of them, a four-door Ranger model, was purchased at the O'Brien and Rohall dealership in Arlington, Virginia.  It was sold on October 24, 1959.

 

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