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July 27th, 2005

Larz and Isabel Anderson bought their first car, a Winton runabout, in 1899. They never sold it. Over the years they acquired many more cars and kept most of them, too. Each car had not only a name but a motto. This 1905 Electromobile, with British chassis and body by Kellner of Paris, was called….
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July 20th, 2005

Wayne Graefen spotted this long-nose beastie while combing the Texas scrapyards (it’s an honourable profession – somebody’s got to do it). Doubly intriguing is what seems to be the anchor for a sidemount spare. Wayne describes the machine as a hot rod, but what to make of that long hood? He muses “how great it….
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July 13th, 2005

World War II began to affect 1942 U.S. passenger cars even before the order came to suspend production by February. In October 1941, the War Production Board forbade the use of bright trim on other than bumpers and bumper guards. Plated parts could be used if painted over; Oldsmobile had perhaps the only ad showing….
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July 6th, 2005

Rich Miller recently sent me some photos of his new 1942 Mercury. A low mileage car from Colorado, it benefits from a recent restoration, enhanced by having led a sheltered life. The ornate dashboard plastic, for example, looks virtually new. I’ve always had a fascination with 1942 cars. Because the model year was cut short….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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