Thursday
Oct232014

1966 Cadillac Calais

By Vern Parker

Occasionally good fortune unexpectedly comes knocking on your door. Of course you have to be prepared to open the door.

Such was a scenario that unfolded before Joe Rivenbark at his DunRite Transmission repair facility in Stafford, Va.

A few years ago a customer drove up to his shop in a sparkling blue 1966 Cadillac Calais four-door hardtop sedan.

He was the second owner of the car and was there to get a few minor mechanical issues addressed. As Rivenbark inspected the Cadillac he was so impressed by the overall condition of the car that he inquired if it was for sale.

 

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Tuesday
Oct212014

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible

By Vern Parker

When Oldsmobile introduced the 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 with a Rocket V-8 engine John McMahan was too young to drive but old enough to know what he liked.

During the next half century several cars came and went through his hands but he always kept his Oldsmobile dream alive.

A few years into the 21st century McMahon saw an advertisement offering for sale a red 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 convertible. He quickly flew to Wichita, Kansas to inspect the restored car first hand.

Upon first seeing the car McMahon had to be cautious about his enthusiasm in order not to surrender his negotiating position, however, he now admits that he thought to himself, “I'm not leaving without this car.”

 

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Tuesday
Oct212014

1947 Cadillac Convertible

By Vern Parker

While many of Rob Robison's high school classmates were attracted to muscle cars of the era Robison was drawn to the more economical British-built Triumphs.

Following graduation Robison's income grew as well as his taste in antique automobiles. Years later, in 1992 he saw a 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible for sale.

Records indicate the Belden Blue convertible had been sold to a Brooklyn, N.Y. Physician who had purchased the new car at the Smith Cadillac dealership in Philadelphia. Only 6,755 such models were manufactured, each with a base price of $2,902.

Robison couldn't let the gorgeous Cadillac escape so he bought the car in June, 1992 and took it home to Yorklyn, Delaware with 44,000 miles showing on the odometer. The second owner was a woman in Philadelphia.

 

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Thursday
Oct092014

1958 Porsche

By Vern Parker

During a tour of duty with the United States Army in Germany Charles Taylor became infatuated with Porsche automobiles.

His attempt to purchase a Porsche in Europe and take delivery of the car in the U.S. Did not come to fruition. As soon as he returned to the U.S. He found a used Porsche to buy. Ever since that first one a virtual parade of Porsches, both new and used, have passed through his hands.

Since retiring from the Army a number of friends have sought his advice on acquiring used Porsches. Taylor encouraged one friend to purchase a used 1958 Porsche 356 that was located for sale in Baton Rouge, LA.

Records indicate the car originally was built on July 11, 1958, was painted silver with a red leather interior and was initially sold in the U.S. in Illinois. Taylor's friend bought the car in 2006 and had it transported to Washington, D.C.

 

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Tuesday
Oct072014

1960 Corvette

By Vern Parker

Back in 1953 it took awhile for Chevrolet's new Corvette to catch on. During the first year of production the total produced was only 315.

The popularity of the car slowly grew as a steady progression of improvements was made.

During the 1960 model year the 10,000 unit barrier was finally eclipsed when 10,281 Corvettes were sold.

More than 50 years later one of those 1960 Corvettes ended up at an antique car dealership in Springfield, Ohio where it was advertised for sale.

In Chantilly, Virginia Nasser Almasary saw the ad for the car and was so impressed he arranged a trip to inspect the Corvette.

Upon his arrival in Springfield he immediately saw that the silver Corvette was everything the ad had promised.

 

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