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November 2005 Issue
 
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Pre-War Orphans
By Robert McLellan
 
1915 OAKLAND

Frequently we have a young collector who is interested in pre-war orphans — makes that were no longer built after World War II. For most auto enthusiasts younger than 50 years of age the makes Hupmobile, Reo, Graham and LaSalle are unknown or, at most, of little interest. They are historical and have no nostalgic value. Some, like Cord, Pierce-Arrow and Duesenberg, are such classics that their names are legendary. Other pre-war cars that have modern connections, such as Ford, Bentley, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz, are more memorable. They are "family" and part of a company's DNA. The rest are orphans and relics of the past which are becoming increasingly forgotten. As the older collectors die off these cars go from car shows to museums.

1933 GRAHAM

Why the interest in these cars by some of today's, and probably tomorrow's, enthusiasts? The cars are straightforward mechanically and electrically, presenting excellent restoration projects. An older restoration can be disassembled and re-built with few new parts needed. They can be easier, and certainly cheaper, to restore than a 1960s car — and by amateurs. These cars are unique and stand out at car shows when surrounded by 1950s and later models. A crowd will gather around a 1930 Graham, leaving Corvette and Mustang owners green with envy. The Graham is a rare car and curious observers will be admiring it and asking questions. A knowledgeable owner will be the hit of the show, especially if he is willing to offer some rides around the block. Maybe an orphan is exactly what you are looking for.

 
ALCO
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AMERICAN BANTAM
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CONTINENTAL
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ESSEX
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GRAHAM
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HUPMOBILE
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LASALLE
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LOCOMOBILE
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LAFAYETTE
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OVERLAND
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OAKLAND
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PEERLESS
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PIERCE- ARROW
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REO
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ROCKNE
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STEARNS- KNIGHT
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STEVENS- DURYEA
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STUTZ
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TERRAPLANE
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VIKING
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The Automotive Chronicles, November 2005
 
 
 
 
 
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