"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."
 


IN SOPCHOPPY NOT FAR FROM TWO EGG
By Reginald Restorer

Some of this is true. I was there myself.

In 1981 Winter Park Florida made the national news because a large sinkhole opened up just off Fairbanks Avenue. It was behind a car dealer and swallowed a couple Porsches. This happened a mile and a half down the street from Raders Relics, an antique car dealership.

Not many years later Bob Rader, Dick Schoppe and I were in Sopchoppy Florida, not far from Two Egg (real places) to pick up a 1927 Ford Model T Touring. The car had been stored for forty years in a barn across a large cow pasture. It had been raining for most of a week and we were prepared for anything but the mud and puddles were such that the long sandy driveway looked to be almost all water. We arrived at the south side of the barn, but the Model T was located at the north entrance. Several tons of baled hay was between it and us. It was decided to push the car out the other side and around to the truck and trailer. Fortunately there was a downgrade but no one was steering. This was both good and bad since the car got away from us and went in an unplanned direction. It went into a wide puddle and simply disappeared. We could not see it under the water and venturing closer didn't seem intelligent at the time. Sinkholes opening that quickly can take a while to stableize and it was raining hard again. We retreated and returned a month later, but were not able to find the car. The owner of the property wouldn't return the $3000 paid for it since he couldn't find it either, saying for all he knew we had it. Our legal adviser said we had a case to get a refund since the car was never taken off the property, but it would cost more in attorney fees than it was worth.


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

FUNNY VIDEO:
"Having a bad day at the car show"

 
 
Our current inventory of classic cars at a glance:
     
SOLD 1939 Ford 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! >>>> $49,500
NEW Mortimer is a 1948 Chevrolet that is the ugliest car I've had in 38 years of the antique car business. I think the pictures speak for themselves. The thing is, you can drive him home without a qualm. Show Me More! >>>> $7,950
REDUCED 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! >>>>

$49,500

$39,500

NEW 1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday coupe. We first encountered him in about 1995 when he was a fresh restoration of a California car. He has since had two loving owners and been less than 2000 miles out of a total first time around of 86,000. Show Me More! >>>> $39,995
1967 Ford Mustang coupe in his beautiful original factory dark green metallic. He has automatic and air conditioning but no power steering and just enough power in his six cylinder to get out of his own way. Now the good part is he has had one owner since 1967. Show Me More! >>>> $17,500
SOLD 1967 Chevrolet Camaro coupe that came bare bones from the factory. Six, stick, no PS and of course no air conditioning, but boy he's a beautiful car with an expensive, luxurious ermine white repaint including new rubber and fuzzys and windshield. Except for new carpet, a fine original interior. Added amfm in the glove compartment. Show Me More! >>>> $18,760
SOLD 1968 Buick Skylark Custom hardtop coupe. He's named after his founding father, David Dunbar Buick, (Died in 1929) Davey has his original coat of ice blue metallic with white top. Interior is fine original too. Obviously no rust or accidents ever. Not even a ding in the paint or a star in the windshield. Show Me More! >>>>

$8,950

$10,950

$11,999

REDUCED 1972 Volkswagen Karman Ghia convertible with a show quality restoration inside and out with a 1600cc engine slightly modified. Frankly, based on performance, we think she could have a 1900cc engine but there's no way to tell for sure without tearing it down. $21,000 Show Me More! >>>>

$18,950

$21,000

REDUCED 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! >>>>

$17,500

$15,950

SOLD1997 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! >>>> $3,950
 

 

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:
Older restoration Can’t tell it’s been restored
Drive it away I live on top of a hill
Lost storage 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 aren’t set up to take credit cards.

   

ALSO—
HUMOROUS PLEASE DON’T 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 therelic@theraders.net

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