Here's the entrants in the American Stock Category for the 2020 Virtual Car Festival.
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This 1928 Pontiac Landau Coupe was purchased by my Uncle William Dowd and financed by my Uncle Frantz Schweikert in 1928. Due to a family feud, Uncle Frantz ended up with the car and no title. The car was parked in a barn until my Uncle Frantz passed away in 1975. My oldest brother Bob purchased the car from the estate with the intent of restoring it. Bob soon became ill and was unable to fulfill his dream. That's when my brother Tom stepped in and began a 5 years restoring project to bring the car back to original factory shape. Because of the wish to keep the car in the family and because I am the youngest of my brothers, I now own the car.
This car has received both the Junior and Senior preservation awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America
My car is a 1939 Plymouth rumble seat convertible coupe. About 6,800 of this model were manufactured, of which less than 100 still exist. Everything in this car is stock, either original parts or re-manufactured parts that are to specs. The only accessory in the car that is modified is the radio. The external appearance is original, but the components are solid state, which allows both AM and FM reception (which was not possible in 1939). The car was purchased by the previous owner back in the late 60s or early 70s and the intention was to restore it once he retired. Unfortunately the previous owner died suddenly only about 18 months after retiring. I purchased the car from his son. Restoration took over 6 years because rust was far more extensive than anticipated and was apparent only after the car was pulled off the frame. All repairs were made using 20 gauge steel -- no plastic filler! This car has a 201 cubic inch flat-head six cylinder engine rated at 82 HP. The color is as close to original as possible.
This is a restored and authentic (the only purpose-built taxi) Checker Cab from the 1950s. This was the first of the modern designs for Checker, a style that was carried through to the end of production in 1982. This rare vehicle is one of only 3 restored of this model in the US. Nearly 10K A8s were made between January 1956 and September 1958, but this Standard model was less popular than the Special which had the automatic transmission.
“The new standard in public transportation offers: Easiest Entrance and Exit, widest usable rear door opening and low step-up with maximum head clearance; No Floor Hump To Trip You, safe flat floor in passenger compartment; Privacy And Comfort, for five passengers behind driver with more headroom, more legroom, more shoulder room.” The green and yellow two-tone paint was a common fleet color of the time. This car was featured at the 2007 NY International Auto show and in the book, The American Taxi.
Here is my 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. A fairly uncommon car, being one of 11,647 Firebird convertibles built that year, and one of only a few hundred with factory power windows and power top. The car was originally sold in Queens, NY and then went to Atlantic City. I acquired it 12 years ago in need of a full restoration, which consumed a 5 year period. It was sent out for new floor pans and quarter panels to repair rust. The work I did myself included rebuilding the motor in my home garage, along with most of the interior work. After completion, it was repainted back to the original Matador red. The old PA tag on the front was from a 1969 my father and I restored back in the 80’s. The car is very reliable and fun to drive, going to several events in Bucks and surrounding counties and also the Wildwood, NJ events each year.
My 2005 Dodge Rumble Bee is an extraordinary truck. I purchased this beauty in Maryland from the original owner with just 51,852 miles. It is one of production of 8,700; it being in the second swarm. With a Hemi motor and rump stripes reminiscent of the late 60’s Super Bee, this vehicle screams loud and fast. I really enjoy cruising around in “Sting”, even though I have to leap into the cab seat.