"I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again"--Anon.
From Hemmings Classic Car April 2014.
Excerpts from Jim Richardson's column "All in the Family"
The author reminisces about a neighbor, an old man who drove his 1929 Chevy coupe regularly and the pride the man took in his car.
In the late 50s as a teen Jim says he would have treated the car without the respect it deserved.
"Today there is a lady nearby who has a pea soup green 1950 Ford two-door sedan that she drives wherever she needs to go, and that car looks only a couple of years old too. When I first tried to speak to her, she cut me off with a curt, 'It's not for sale.' But then when she was thoroughly convinced that I was not trying to pry it away from her, she warmed up. She told me she had bought it new, and that she had no reason to sell it because it ran fine, and she had a good mechanic who took care of it for her."
"I must say that I really admire such people for several reasons. First off, they have proven that most old cars will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Secondly, they aren't spending big bucks every few years to buy new and more eco-friendly cars with the delusion that they are somehow helping "the environment." The people who do are not taking into account the costs, pollution, and natural resources required to manufacture the new cars they are buying--ostensibly to further the common good."
" In fact at major car shows I would have a special trophy for individuals who have preserved cars from new and still drive them. The trophy would not be to recognize the car, but the owner."
"Such people have made good use of the earth's resources, and have provided all of us a window into the past. Keep that old car, take care of it and drive it at least now and then so those of us who have not been so frugal and rational can see what you've accomplished. No old car needs to wear out and be junked. For the most part, old cars are neglected to death. Those who don't let that happen deserve special recognition."
I have to give an Amen to Mr. Richardson's Thoughts.
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! >>>>
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! >>>>
SOLD 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible that is probably the nicest car you can drive daily that looks like it could win a national prize. The ten year old paint is still award winning quality. 265 V8 of course. In this case the photos don't lie. One sharp car, but driven and not a prize winner against trailer queens. 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! >>>>
NEW 1965 Ford Falcon two door. A consigned car. He has had a strictly amateur restoration. A fifty footer. But he runs great and looks good from fifty feet away. Only need is shocks. $5950. come see and make an offerShow Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1965 Ford Mustang in a beautiful and expensive second coat of ermine white. Never rusted, never hit, original wire wheel covers, underhood dressed. He comes with a warmed 289 V8 and a top loader four speed. (original stick trans is included if you want) Brand new tires. Show Me More! >>>>
1966 Ford Mustang coupe in one year old excellent silver repaint over an evidently never rusted never damaged original with economic six cylinder and automatic. But the best part here is the 49,000 miles is, by every measure (pedal wear, upholstery, etc) true first time around. Show Me More! >>>>
CARMELLA is a 1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL convertible with both tops and a beautiful and very expensive repaint in the original color with black interior. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1975 Pontiac Grand Lemans Safari station wagon, a consigned car. One owner, 112,000 miles with original 38 year old factory paint and no rust. Original interior. Very expensive engine rebuild. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1979Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II with left hand drive and LWB. She has a paint job in the beautiful original two tone blue colors that the owner told us cost him $30,000. Even if he paid too much it is surely the best quality money can buy anywhere. The matching leather and wood interior are lovely and she runs fine. Winston the car is free, just pay for the paint job. 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! >>>>
NEW 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! >>>>
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! >>>>
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