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Sales Literature: 1908-1911 Browniekar

The Browniekar was a child-sized automobile built in Newark, NY from 1908-1911. The catalog introduction describes it as “a toy designed for harmless sport and amusement of the young folks, of such light weight and low speed as to remove all element of danger, but nevertheless a real motor car, designed by a practical automobile engineer”.

The car featured a 3-horsepower engine that could propel the vehicle to speeds of 10mph.  Cost of the Browniekar was $150.  Full catalog is shown.

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Image of the Week: 1952 Packard Patrician ‘400’

“The New 1952 Packard Patrician ‘400’

Never before has there been a motor car to compare with the 1952 Packard Patrician ‘400’.

Here is magnificent styling inside and out – offering a choice of five expertly tailored interiors of rich-textured fabrics to complement Packard’s glorious array of exterior colors.

And with the ultimate in new beauty, you get the brilliance of Packard engineering: in new Packard Thunderbolt power…new, smoother-than-ever Ultramatic Drive…effortless new Easamatic power brakes…forward-looking concepts of vision, steering, balance, roominess…

But words alone cannot express the magnificence of this fine motor car…You must drive it. Let the car itself show you why this Packard Patrician ‘400’ for 1952 is truly the most advanced, most luxurious motor car in the world.”

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’37 Buick: Salesman’s Fact Book (Part 1 of 10, Introduction)

The 1937 Salesman’s Fact Book is my favorite piece of ’37 Buick literature.  It is packed full of detailed information about the cars, engines and accessories.  If you study hard and commit this book to memory, you too can be an excellent salesman.  Over the course of 10 weeks I will share complete sections of this Fact Book.  Here in week 1 is the Introduction.

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Ad of the Week: Paige (1926)

Paige cars were built in Detroit starting in 1911.  In 1924 they sold 44,913 units, enough to move the company into 10th place among American automobile producers.  Their fortunes would turn quickly and Paige would be absorbed by Graham in 1927 and be an automotive memory by 1929.  This ad shows the company’s 1926 Deluxe Sedan which sold for $1,670.




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Sales Literature: 1955 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 (C-300) was introduced to the American public in the early part of 1955, kicking off a series of “letter cars” that would run through 1965.  The 1956 300 was named the “300B”, the 1957 300 was named the “300C” and so on.  The 1955 Chrysler 300 was never officially named the 300A, but commonly referred to such by enthusiasts.  Shown here is one of the earliest sales catalogs for the Chrysler 300.

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’37 Buick: Chasing Leaks, Chasing Dreams

183A car with a steady fuel leak isn’t going to run for very long and it isn’t going to be pretty when it burns to the ground. With that realization, I was more than happy to send my leaking fuel pump to Arthur Gould for a professional rebuild. I was happy that I did this for a few reasons. Gould’s work is fast, efficient and relatively economical and I can rest easy knowing that a critical component on my car was rebuilt by someone who does fuel pump rebuilding as a living. Turnaround time was under three days and the $90 I spent was a wise investment considering a rebuild kit is over $45. As a bonus, the returned pump is absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing what a little bead blasting, new hardware and clear coating can do for looks.

Gould reported back that my pump had two major flaws. First, the diaphragm was stretched out allowing fuel to pass from the top chamber, through screw holes and into the body of the pump that is not supposed to see any fuel. Second, a portion of my pumps actuating foot was broken off. The broken piece held the return spring in place. While the foot would have probably worked ok, the return spring could have fallen out at some point rendering the pump inoperable. The solution was to find a new pump core and Gould had plenty to sell.

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