"Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved."
We see this as wise comment--
From Old Cars Weekly by Angelo Van Bogart January 15, 2015
For more than two decades, the annual collector car auctions in Arizona were considered a bellwether for the hobby for the year. But are they still the indicator they once were?
Our hobby has become mainstream in the past 20 years, thanks in part to the appearance of the Arizona auctions on television. In an interesting twist, the mass exposure of the old car hobby through televised auctions has led to more auctions held throughout the year. With those additional auctions comes a consistent market to which prices are continually established throughout the year.
The Arizona auctions are also becoming harder to compare to sales throughout the rest of the year, because many of the cars that cross the block are very rare and exotic automobiles . Such cars are bought by collectors or investors who have the financial resources to pick up their one-off dream car, which may never come up for sale again.
As much as the landscape has evolved in Arizona , the auctions here in January are still the most important of the year, but a different reason. It's become the place to see- and buy- the top collector cars in the hobby with auction dockets that rival the finest concours d'elegance event in the country.
Are the sales of these cars still newsworthy? You bet. But does the price of a Mercedes-Benz 540 K and other exotics tell the hobby where the value of bread-and -butter hobby cars, such as 1955 Chevrolet sedans, is headed? Not really.
CHANGES AT RADERS RELICS AFTER 35 YEARS
With the loss of Dick Schoppe, Raders Relics is changing it's operating style. We are now open by appointment only. Though you can drop by most mornings and probably catch me here, but if you don't want to gamble please call ahead. I feel a connection with friends and customers who over the years have trusted us with some delightful and fun investorcars. Except for an escape to the mountains, I'll keep on keeping on.- Bob Rader
Our current inventory of classic cars at a glance:
1939Ford Deluxe convertible sedan in folkstone grey with red piping and carmel interior. To sum it up in a few words--She is a fresh national show quality restoration. Show Me More! >>>>
1946 Military Jeep. We have had him before, ( he's the one that had his tub replaced some time in his life ) He has had quite a few upgrades since he was here. He now sports a summer top, new correct shovel, axe and jerry can. Drive line has been rebuilt as well as springs. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1948 Chrysler Windsor Convertible with just 42,000 actual miles. Probably one of the most original cars we have seen. He has been owned for many years by a gentleman who replaced things as needed with as near to original things that could be found. The paint is original and still show quality. Dash plastic,gauges and controls are like new. Top is canvas as original and only the leather on the seats has been replaced. There has never been any rust or rust repair to this car. It runs and drives just like a new 1948 Chrysler. It's hard to really describe a car this old and this nice. As nice as it is it is not a 100pt. show car. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1950 Ford Deluxe club coupe with a show quality coat of Ford dark toreador red over a never rusted body and chassis. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1953 Riley 1 1/2 liter 4 cylinder, 4 door with blue body sides and black fenders. The interior has new beige leather and good wood, (I would refinish, but it's very good). He runs good, but there are some small bubbles and the top has shrunken so the seams has been covered with black plastic tape. Show Me More! >>>>
REDUCED 1958 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe with modern air conditioning and CD player as well as power steering and other goodies like a later model non powerglide automatic. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1965 Ford Thunderbird convertible that is mostly all original as factory delivered with the exception of a repaint in the original color sometime in the past. The interior is better than expected for being 57 years old. Percy in unusual in that he doesn't have air conditioning and he lives in Florida. Included is an uninstalled expensive factory roadster kit. Show Me More! >>>>
HELGA is a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle owned by an old friend in NC. He is not a car person. The photos are from him. The asking price is $7200. I can put you in direct contact with him. Here is his description-- VW is 1971 Super Beetle. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1973 Plymouth Fury III Grand Sedan. This was a one year style and the last year with no catalytic converter or smog pump. He has a 400 cubic inch V8 with 727 Torque Flyte and almost every possible option except sun roof or tilt wheel. Heavily undercoated. Show Me More! >>>>
Amanda Reckonwith is a 1983 Buick Riviera convertible is one of only 3898 produced from 1982- 1985. Available in only white or red, with white tops and red leather. The 307 V8 was an option. Base price was $25,702.00, more than the Corvette. Amanda has had over $20,000 spent on restoration (reciepts here) 5600 miles on new Jasper 307 engine, transmission, rear end, a/c, top/motor, tires, hydro booster brake, power steering, power windows and seats, custom paint, disk brakes, gas shocks, Kenwood stereo/CD, ball joints. Show Me More! >>>>
1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in Gossamer blue with dark blue leather. I won't even try to go into her extensive luxury equipment. The important thing here is that you can buy a new car for the sticker price she had on the showroom in 1985. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1985 Chevrolet pickup. The most desirable short bed Silverado. He has over 100,000 miles and never had a touch of paint since the factory nor a spot of rust. The V8 runs fine with automatic and power steering, the right goodies. Good shoes and ready to drive you home. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. He has been 125,000 easy miles and looks and runs like 25,000. The interior has either been replaced or amazingly kept original. Repainted the original black with red striping, After market wheels and healthy tires. Ice cold air.Show Me More! >>>>
NEW NIGEL is a 2004 Mini Cooper S . I know he's not collectible, but he's here now. He runs like a scalded cat and he's just as much fun as your fancy PorscheFerrariVette and he's just about at the end of his depreciation. Nigel's got all the goodies like driving lights, sun roof, floor mats and Pirelli P Zero tires Show Me More! >>>>.
OTHER STUFF FOR SALE
Raders Relics conversion chart to translate old cars ads language. This is a compendium of a quarter century in the business from personal observations and other publications. In red and black on parchment color, 11X17, suitable for framing to hang in the family room, garage, where ever you like. Samples:
If it says:
It really means:
Cant tell its been restored
Drive it away
I live on top of a hill
Neighbors getting up a petition
Uses no oil
Just throws it out
And fifty more
Yours for a pittance at just $12.50 each. Add $3.50 for the mailing tube and postage, any quantity. Your check is acceptable to us. We arent set up to take credit cards.
ALSO HUMOROUS PLEASE DONT TOUCH SIGNS, 4 " X 5 " , MADE OUT OF STATIC STICK. CAN BE PUT ON GLASS INSIDE OR OUT AND REMOVED AFTER THE SHOW IF YOU LIKE. JUST $3.00 EACH. ADD $2.00 FOR POSTAGE. UP TO TEN SAME POSTAGE.
Coca Cola cooler, 1950, restored, very good. $950
Murray pedal car, 1950s, actually never used. $1100
Mobile oil dispenser. Circa 1940. Very good original, never restored. Full of bottles. $3500.00
Your check is fine. Sorry no credit cards
1896 Kentucky Ave. • 1/2 mile from exit #87 at I-4 and fairbanks, • Winter Park, Florida USA 32789. Tel: (407) 647-1940 Fax: (407) 647-1930 • email: Bob Rader firstname.lastname@example.org