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September 28th, 2005

You’ve got to hand it to the Brits. They’ve come up with an elegant word to describe what we call an “old car, rusty metal and automobilia flea market.” Coined by former National Motor Museum director Michael Ware, “autojumble,” derived from “jumble sale,” the British equivalent of rummage sale, rolls all those meanings into a….
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September 21st, 2005

I first met Jim Schwantes in 2003, when he joined the Society of Automotive Historians. An enthusiast and collector of automotive advertising and art, Jim wondered about the 1948 Packard ad seen here, whether it represented an actual place or whether the location was entirely a creation of the artist. The signpost tells us that….
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September 15th, 2005

Five weeks ago the CarPort explored the mysteries of convertible windows, a subject which resonates with a number of our regular readers. One of the oddities discovered in researching that story was the three-passenger Chrysler Town & Country convertible, and we speculated that no such car was ever built. Clearly there was literature for such….
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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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