An adventure of a different kind...

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by Dutchy » 09 Nov 2019 15:32

A nice example for sure, but the nicest ones are those that are actually ridden :D



Saw this one at a Dutch "Veteran Show"
(we use the term for old bikes as well...)

https://www.motor-forum.nl/attachments/ ... g.1442079/

I suspect the front disc rotor to be home brewed........ would need to google it to be sure.... =D>


Earlier this month we got my -new to me- 1954 Gilera 150cc to run after some [-o<
https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/uploads/m ... 3b7ce9.mp4

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by vinyl master » 16 Nov 2019 03:35

OK, guys, since you appreciated my earlier posts, I thought I would give you guys a treat...The museum had a special open house on Veteran's Day to honor our distinguished servicemen and they added some new and a few old favorite acquisitions like this 1924 Marmon, for instance...

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...and took a few others out...Every so often, they change things up to make things interesting and keep people coming back, so let me show you what's new and what you might have missed the last time, so here we go again... :roll:

The weather was not ideal around here on Veteran's Day (Only about 450-500 people showed up out of an estimated 1,500-2,000), but they were also open again on their regular Tuesday, so I thought I'd check out the place when it wasn't so busy...And plus, going there is another good reason to get out of the snow and away from the chill... =D>

So, here are some new items you guys might have missed the last time around...I certainly did! :wink:

First up is this 1901 Winton Runabout that they had added to the main lobby...

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There were some more interesting coin-op machines I didn't show you last time, too...And Chris was also there to show how they worked...One of the kids who showed up with his parents was really into them...I have video of some of this, but I'm not sure how to upload it to here, so in the meantime, check out these pics...

First off, take a look at this one...How many couples did this one break up and what if it got the answers wrong??? :-k

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Hmmm...Makes you wonder, don't it??? :-k

There were also some more crazy mechanical musical monstrosities...For instance, check out this Mills Deluxe Violino Virtuoso from 1924...

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Here is a video that shows how it works...



Heck, even Nipper was paying attention! :wink:

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Remind you of something??? :-k

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Next up is the Wurlitzer Style 28-B PianOrchestra...

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Here is that same one in action...



Here's another shot of the mighty Mortier Cafe Organ...

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And again, the beast in action...



Pretty wild stuff, I say... 8)

But, we're not done yet...Not by a long shot! :mrgreen:

Here are a couple shots of a Weber Maesto Orchestrion...

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A pretty impressive mechanism and pulley system running it, but you've got to hear one for yourself...Here is a similar Maesto playing...



And then, we have another coin piano...

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...followed by a Link Model AX Orchestrion from 1922!

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Of course, we have this one, as well...When somebody tells you to crank it up to 10, you LITERALLY have to crank it up to even hear it! :)

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Another orchestrion and in fact, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny was so mesmerized by these types of orchestrions as a youth that he created his own version of the same thing!

http://www.patmetheny.com/orchestrioninfo/

Cool, eh? 8)

Now, I'm not sure what this one is, but it's another cool little roadster sitting in the lobby...Another new addition! :D

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As we proceed further into the main showroom, we have a couple more interesting mechanical machines...

You may have heard this song...



...but here's the mechanical representation of that! :lol:

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And then, we have a machine that will test your strength...

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OK, cool, but could someone tell me why Apollo looks like Sly Stallone here??? :-k

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Am I wrong???

And yes, I know the light's on red, but we can't stop now... :wink:

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Anyway, as we advance further, there are more cool vehicles and other fascinating curiosities inside...Here, in fact, is an 1899 De Dion Bouton 2 1/4 horsepower Cyclecar tricycle...A very early model!

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And another shot from the front...

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We also have this 1910 Buick Model F Touring Car

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Buick was a pioneer of the overhead valve and had kerosene-powered lamps...Keep in mind that in the early days of the automobile, most people did not have garages or places to park their cars, so many of them started parking them on the streets...Well, this created a traffic hazard at night, so the carmakers started affixing those lamps to cars so that they would be seen better if they were kept out all hours of the morning...Many communities actually required that car-owners keep their lamps on for safety purposes...

Another car from 1910 is this Cartercar...

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It was made in small numbers and like many of the cars in the museum, only a handful (if that) exist today...In this case, 30 left worldwide...

Next up is this 1914 Oakland Model 36 Touring Car...

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I love the black-and-red color scheme of this one! :D And may I remind you...Most of the cars in this museum have their original schemes or an original factory color option or something as close to it as possible...

Now, here is a 1921 Chevrolet 490 Roadster...

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It was named for Swiss race car driver and mechanic Louis Chevrolet...Pretty sleek in black, ain't it??? :)

And then, we have a Durant Deluxe Roadster 4-40 from 1929!

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William C. Durant was probably the most flamboyant and ostentatious entrepreneur who ever existed, but it was because of him, we have General Motors, the company he started and later, the short-lived Durant Motors...Of course, he was ousted out of the company, not once, but TWICE! Somehow, he kept coming back over and over again and I guess you can't keep a good man down...The strange twist to this story is that after all of his failures he ended up running a drive-in restaurant and bowling alley in Flint and I kid you not, the "C" in his middle name stands for Crapo! He also founded Frigidaire, the refrigerator company...Another odd fact is that both William Durant and Henry Ford both died in their 80's in 1947, Henry at age 83 and William at age 85, but their contributions to society will always be remembered...

Next up is another tricycle, a 1904 Cyklon Cyklonette Trike that was manufactured in Berlin, Germany...

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Here's another view again from the front...

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Cyklon's 3-wheeled cycle cars were often used as taxis in Germany, as well...

Now, here is a 1904 Peerless Type 8 Style K Touring Car...

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The Cincinatti-based Peerless Corporation was more well-known for their manufacture of bicycles and tricycles first before venturing into motorcycles and finally, automobiles...

Up next is a rare one and a recent addition for Veteran's Day from their offsite storage facility...A 1907 Rainier Model C convertible limo...And everything about this one screams LIMO!

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Notice the kerosene headlamps again and check out the roomy and luxurious leather interior! You could literally fit a family of four in this one!

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Of course, one of my favorites that was also brought back out for Veteran's Day was this 1913 Woods Mobilette!

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Notice how thin and compact it is...And there's a reason for that! Back in those days, many people owned Victorian homes and often, in place of garages, they would have double French doors leading into a foyer or parlor and this car was just narrow enough to fit through those doors at night...A two-seater with a vinyl top perfect for a Sunday drive, which would have been mostly what this car was used for, as it was still considered a novelty more than an everyday vehicle!

Now, this one's interesting...Have any of you ever seen a Baker Electric Car? Well, the museum has this one...

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Of course, they aren't the only ones that own a Baker...So does Jay Leno and he can tell you more about it...



It has a lot of cool features, as well...Here's more...



Here's another view of that wooden bus, too, custom-painted for Stahl's...

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This next one is cool...It's an Essex Super Six Speedabout from 1927 and I love it! 8)

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Doesn't that one just exude class??? :D

You remember REO Speedwagon, right? :-k



Well, not THAT REO Speedwagon...THIS ONE! =D>

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A 1936 pickup truck!

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You can't take it on the run, but at one time, you could take it FOR a run! :wink:

There were plenty of cool signs and neon memorabilia throughout the place and all over the walls, too...

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And yes, according to Chris...Those are ORIGINAL Burma-Shave signs and not reproductions! :)

Here are more signs...

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...and even another player piano in the corner...

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What else is cool is that the day I visited, they were showing old Buster Keaton silent films on their big projection screen...All they needed was someone to play this to recreate the old-time movie house experience...

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I think Chris said that they did have an organist do that once, but I think it might be fun to bring that back! :wink:

Oh, and I didn't show you their collection of vintage outboard boat motors, but maybe another day... :-k

I was a little giddy and didn't get any pictures of those, either, this time, but the tour ain't over yet...There were a few more cool vehicles on display, like this next one...

You've heard of Johnny Cash's song, "One Piece At A Time", right? :-k



Well, that's EXACTLY what this 1962 Mysterion is! A composite of many different vehicles! :wink:

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Looks like a dune buggy, eh? And check out that shag carpet interior! Boss mo-chine, baby! 8)

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In their shop was this beauty being worked on and doesn't it just make you drool???

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It's a 1965 Kirkham AC Cobra 4278/C and it's personally signed by Carroll Shelby himself! :shock:

They just don't make chrome like that anymore... :(

And of course, if you're gonna work on vintage cars, you've got to have all the right vintage tools...

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...and um...accessories...

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I mean, after all, you've got to use the real stuff in these babies, right? :-k

Like this 1926 Duesenberg Model A Roadster, perhaps, built in the style of an Alfa Romeo SQ?

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Orrr...Maybe this 1927 Franklin Series 11B Coupe...

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Only a handful of them exist today with the 3-passenger coupe body, too...

Turns out that Charles Lindbergh himself was a fan of the Franklins and the late legendary car collector, Harrah's Casino entrepreneur and once-husband to Bobbie Gentry, Bill Harrah once loved these Franklins so much he once owned 64 of them! :shock: Imagine that! :o

So many cars and here's another black beauty! :D

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Remember that car that had the humidor and bar inside? Well, it was this beautiful Cord!

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And then, we have this 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Speedster...

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Many of them were used, not surprisingly, as limos and town cars back in those days...It was produced in very limited numbers, but it could go 100 miles per hour easily, which was again, pretty rare for 1936...

Now, here is another favorite...When I say, "Deluxe Eight", you probably think Sansui, right? :-k

Well, in this case, we are talking about a Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Phaeton...

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It was their flagship model for a time and the 745 stands for 7th in the series (They went by series and not years) and it had a 145 in. wheelbase chassis...Very few were made with that wheelbase (with most of those models being used as limos and town cars) and it was one of the last Packards with wooden spoke wheels as wire wheels were becoming much more popular on the market...

Up next is this 1932 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Sedan...

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Famously known for their "Bearcat" racing car in earlier years, only 5 examples in the world exist of this particular Stutz from this year (1932) and body style...Another one that could top 90+ mph, too! :D

Also from 1932 is this Chrysler CL Imperial...

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Walter P. Chrysler was another innovator...Once the head of Maxwell Motor Co., selling his first engines in 1925, he used his experience there to build the Chrysler brand, and although he was a latecomer to the scene, these Chryslers sold like hotcakes! I mean, look how classy that one is! 8)

Now, I showed you these before, but i thought you might like to see some close-ups of these coin-op vending machines...You've seen the Dixie cup dispensers, right? Well, this is an early one...

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This machine dispensed a razor that you could use for 15 minutes at 25 cents a pop...

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And boy, don't you wish stamps were this cheap??? :-k

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Too bad 3 cents didn't last "forever"... :(

And if 25 cent pens were so cheap, why did all the banks feel the need to chain them down??? :-k

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This here is a match dispenser, for when you needed to light up a smoke...

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And 25 cents to watch TV? I don't think so...

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And, then, the combs were 10 cents...

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Of course, if you had a "Kookie" in your life, you could just ask him to lend you his...(and bravo to you guys, if you got that reference!) :wink:

I mean, even listening to the radio was not cheap with 10 cents for 15 minutes...

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Of course, you could get three or four songs in those 15 minutes, unlike the dime you might use in one of those jukeboxes...

Speaking of those jukeboxes, though, here are some more pics of them...

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And of course, with those last two, I have to show you what's on 'em...A good selection, in any case...

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In case you want to hear what one of these 78 rpm jukeboxes sounded like, here's a Wurlitzer "Bubbler" 1015 for you to give you an idea of how they worked...



Fantastic, eh? 8)

Back to the cars, here's another look at that Tucker Torpedo...

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What a classy car and it's won awards at various auto shows, too!

Here's a shot of a Socony twin gas pump...

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...and then, some very cool "mini" cars...This is a German-made Ihle Schottenring, for example...

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Thankfully, with a docent's suggestion, I actually got to sit in this car and yes, it's as tight as you can imagine...It's a beautiful thing, though...I had the leather jacket and the scarf...All I needed were some vintage aviator goggles and it would have been perfect!

This next one may be the most recent car in the collection...It was built for Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" in 2000...The Whoville Family Sedan!

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It was, if you can believe it, built on a golf-cart base with a fiberglass body and molded plastic bulbous "spats" to give it that cartoonish effect...A yellow two-seat runabout, but look at the pedals! :shock:

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Another cool car is this 1961 BMW Isetta 300...

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I also got to sit in this one and it's even more cramped! If any of you are sitcom fans or "Family Matters" devotees, you might remember that Steve Urkel drove something similar in a red-and-white color scheme...You might also recall David Gahan driving one in the video for Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again" or Fred Astaire driving one in the Audrey Hepburn film, "Funny Face"...

Another cool little car is this 1930 American Austin AA Roadster...

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Here's another look at it...

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And yes, more luxurious leather seats...

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With the Depression looming, there was a need for a car like the diminutive and cheap American Austin, but somehow, it just didn't catch on with the buying public...Go figure! 8-[

At $445.00, it was only $5.00 more than a Model A...In fact, Buster Keaton and the "Our Gang" kids bought 'em, but they were still, again, like the Woods Mobilette, more of a novelty...

More signs abounded on the walls, too, like these "Route 66" classics...

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"Bear" with me, guys, as we get our wheels rolling now... :wink:

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You've got to have a lot of Moxie in this life...

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Hey, if Rosie can do it, anyone can! =D>

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And for you candy lovers out there, you might remember these...

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Speaking of Moxie earlier, did you know it is still produced and is a New England staple...BMRR might have to send me some and I can send a little Faygo his way sometime... :wink:

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I tell you, this place was LIT! :lol:

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And although these may have run out of gas, I haven't...yet! :wink:

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Check out a few more beauties...like this 1937 Ford Eifel...

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It is only 1 of 10 in the entire world and the only one here in the U.S.! It was originally owned by a Jewish doctor, who kept it hidden from the Nazis in a barn under a haystack during the war, a it was forbidden to own such a car under that regime...Later, it was given to a serviceman and after a few changed hands, it was finally shipped here to America...Quite a story it's had, for sure! :shock:

And then, there is our famous Delage GL Skiff Torpedo "boat" car from the front...

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I can't believe I forgot what this one was, but it IS a 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code...

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Remember the movie "Hudson Hawk"? Well, if you do, I'm giving you a lot of credit, as the rest of the world has chosen to forget it...One thing I can't forget, though, is this Hudson Hornet...Too bad it wasn't in green, but it's still a cool car nonetheless! 8)

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Only 551 were ever made and this one is one of the rare few with the "Twin II" engine...Check it out! :)

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I am reminded of this Champs instrumental I heard on a compilation album...



A streamliner, indeed! :mrgreen:

You may have also heard of a movie called "The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane", starring the outspoken Andrew Dice Clay...Well, this Ford Fairlane was probably on quite a few more interesting adventures in it's time...

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It's a Skyliner 500 retractable model from 1958...These cars were only produced from 1957 to 1959, too...

You may have heard this classic rock and roll tune by Jackie Brenston featuring Ike Turner on the keys!



But, that "Rocket 88" they speak of might have well been this one...An Olds Super 88 convertible from 1955...

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In that year, 580,000 of these babies were made, shattering sales records across the nation! =D>

There was also this patriotic piece of personal automotive paraphernalia...A real doozy, Suzy! 8)

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Gives a new meaning to "Go, speed racer, go!", don't it??? :-k

I happened to spy out of the corner of my eye this musical machine, as well...A Decap Marzioli Accordion!

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More info here...

https://www.fairgroundfollies.com/decap_accordion.php

And you can see one in action! :D



All they need is the beer..."Prost!" as the Germans might say... :drunk:

And then, there was this one that I'm not sure about...It looks cool anyway! 8)

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Another musical machine, perhaps? :-k

And now, one of the more iconic vehicles of all time...A beautiful 1907 Thomas Flyer!

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I remember seeing that one in a book about antique cars my uncle gave me a long, long time ago...I thought it was a beauty then! =D>

And you can't have an automotive museum without having one Bentley, right? Well, what makes this 1928 Vanden Plas Touring Car so special??? How about the fact that Brian Johnson of AC/DC no less owns one himself!

https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/acdcs ... rock-clip/

Let the man explain...





And finally, a new acquisition seen for the first time...The 1932 Nash Advanced Eight Convertible Sedan! :D

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Four years after building this sedan, Nash bought the Kelvinator Co. You may have heard of their refrigerators! In 1954, Nash-Kelvinator bought Hudson Motors and created the American Motors Corporation or AMC...AMC bought out Kaiser Jeep, which eventually got bought out by the Chrysler Corporation, who still makes Jeeps to this day! :D

As Chris says, they are adding new cars to the mix all the time, so it gives me a good reason to go back again sometime...In the meantime, I hope you guys enjoyed my latest romp through automobiliana and musical mania! It really is a history lesson to see these cars in the flesh...I know many of you wish you could see this place in person, but as I know you all can't be here, I hope you don't mind enjoying it vicariously through my eyes! :wink:

Stay tuned, as always, for more adventures to come and thanks for watching! =D>

So, whaddya think??? :-k :)

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by Tinkaroo » 16 Nov 2019 09:26

Lots of cool stuff and memorabilia there VM! 8)

Although those things look amazing on display they would have taken a staggering amount of restoration work to get them looking as they do now.

They do bring back a lot of memories though.

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by Big B5515 » 16 Nov 2019 17:35

Weather or not I ever get a chance to visit the place in person, I truly have enjoyed your virtual tour :D . While I do like old cars and would not mind owning one if I could afford the project and upkeep, I've always been fascinated by mechanical musical instruments, band organs, player pianos and the like, maybe because I lack any musical talent. I really enjoyed watching examples you posted.

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by VinyldechezPierre » 17 Nov 2019 11:20

Big B5515 wrote:
16 Nov 2019 17:35
While I do like old cars and would not mind owning one if I could afford the project and upkeep...
Just like stereo gear, some old cars are not that expensive. Ok, maybe not the flashiest but who needs the flashiest. :D

I'm looking at getting a collector when my present modern turd dies. Since I don't know anything about car restoration, the work will already be done. I've looked around a bit and there are really nice ones to be had cheaper than a new car of today and the upkeep on most of the oldies can be done by anyone with half a brain unlike today's cars full of computers.

The only problem is the gas mileage... not the best on the oldies. But I don't really care because I don't do that much driving. :lol:

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by vinyl master » 17 Nov 2019 23:19

VinyldechezPierre wrote:
17 Nov 2019 11:20
Big B5515 wrote:
16 Nov 2019 17:35
While I do like old cars and would not mind owning one if I could afford the project and upkeep...
Just like stereo gear, some old cars are not that expensive. Ok, maybe not the flashiest but who needs the flashiest. :D

I'm looking at getting a collector when my present modern turd dies. Since I don't know anything about car restoration, the work will already be done. I've looked around a bit and there are really nice ones to be had cheaper than a new car of today and the upkeep on most of the oldies can be done by anyone with half a brain unlike today's cars full of computers.

The only problem is the gas mileage... not the best on the oldies. But I don't really care because I don't do that much driving. :lol:
Sounds like a fun project there, VdP...Any particular models, styles or eras you're looking at? :wink:

When my dad passed, he had this 2-seater mini-car, a roadster about the size of that Schottenring that he was working on...Something he handcrafted by himself with various parts...He didn't have the strength in the last few years to do much work on it, but according to him, the last time he started it, it ran...Maybe one day, it will be a future project for me to complete and take for a spin...It's hard, though, when you have more projects on the backburner than you know what to do with! But, something for the future perhaps... :-k

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by DasherF » 18 Nov 2019 00:25

vm said "Now, I'm not sure what this one is, but it's another cool little roadster sitting in the lobby...Another new addition! :D"

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Got a theory on the 1seater... back in the early part of the 20th century was race cars called midgets and sprint cars... may be one of those without the graphics.
(By the way, they still run the two classes...a bit upgraded...)

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by VinyldechezPierre » 18 Nov 2019 09:45

vinyl master wrote:
17 Nov 2019 23:19
Sounds like a fun project there, VdP...Any particular models, styles or eras you're looking at? :wink:
Whatever will be on the market for a good price, has lots of parts still available and will let me ride in style. :lol:

The one I would love is one seen in most WW2 movies:
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I've seen some of the more common models at around 11000€. If you were to go for the family model (seating 8 or 9), the prices shoot up and let's not talk about the convertible...

But I've seen a fully restored, and beautifully done in 2-tone paint, one of those for 3500€:
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Simca Aronde

My grandmother had one of these, a Simca Chambord:
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But she sold it after it had sat for a few years because she didn't want her grandchildren to fight over it. :D

All photos borrowed from the internet.

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Re: An adventure of a different kind...

Post by GuidoK » 18 Nov 2019 14:59

vinyl master wrote:
06 Nov 2019 15:52

I figured one of the bike enthusiasts here on VE would have an answer and sure enough, I wasn't wrong...Thanks again, Dutchy! =D> It's a nice example of a Zundapp, too, ain't it??? :-k

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For sure a Zundapp but not a tiny 50 or 75cc.
It's probably a 250S or something like that. Late 50's early 60's

Love the kaiser darrin too in your pictures.
Thats such an elegant styled car with its sliding doors etc. (probably rather impractical in daily use)
Sadly not a commercial succes. Very rare car.