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October 2006 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
Automotive Archeology
By Robert McLellan
 

MERCURY (1941)

For decades auto literature collectors sought information on their favorite makes and models, usually from their youth, through literature dealers and swap meets. Now a new group of collectors is emerging. Hungry for the profits they can make on eBay, they sift through layers of "ancient" boxes in attics and basements. The artifacts rarely evoke emotion or meaningful responses beyond monetary potential for these "archeologists". The property usually belonged to older individuals who have often passed on.


PLYMOUTH (1940)

Frequently grand kids become curious when discovering old auto photos and literature owned by relatives. Seeing their parents as children beside a completely unfamiliar looking car becomes a mystery inspiring research. An old car and auto literature collector in the making? Research on the Internet leads them to car club sites and literature dealers. Talking to these youthful enthusiasts is quite enjoyable. The hobby is growing in a new direction.

The shift in interest to historical cars and literature from nostalgic is important to the growth of the hobby and preserving the forgotten cars and literature. Older hobbyists now concentrate on cars of the 1960s and early 1970s; younger enthusiasts find that less interesting cars were built in their nostalgic 1975-1990 era and the 1990s are still too new to be of real interest. So they look at cars such as:

 
 

CHEVROLET (1933)

CHEVROLET (1934)

PLYMOUTH (1935)
     

PLYMOUTH (1935)

CHEVROLET (1935)

PACKARD (1935)
     

DODGE (1936)

DODGE (1936)

DODGE (1936)
     

CADILLAC (1936)

PLYMOUTH (1937)

TERRAPLANE (1937)
     

STUDEBAKER (1937)

OLDSMOBILE (1937)

FORD (1938)
     

NASH (1938)

LINCOLN (1938)

STUDEBAKER (1938)
     

PACKARD (1939)

PLYMOUTH (1939)

PONTIAC (1939)
     

LASALLE (1940)

FORD (1940)

PLYMOUTH (1940)
     

OLDSMOBILE (1940)

DESOTO (1940)

PLYMOUTH (1940)
     

CHRYSLER (1940)

MERCURY (1940)

STUDEBAKER (1940)
     

DODGE (1940)

CHEVROLET (1941)

PLYMOUTH (1941)
     

PONTIAC (1941)

MERCURY (1941)

FORD (1941)
     

NASH (1941)

STUDEBAKER (1941)

MERCURY (1941)
     

PLYMOUTH (1942)

STUDEBAKER (1942)

STUDEBAKER (1942)
     
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, October 2006
 
 
 
 
 
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