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.
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.