Any large museum will have items that do not fit into obvious categorization: new arrivals, special exhibitions, or artifacts that are just interesting. The final section of the Northeast Classic Car Museum we visited featured just such a diverse buffet. All of these vehicles have some kind of New York State connection.
In recent years there has been a great deal of interest in "barn finds," or cars that have a very high degree of originality. Two examples of unrestored cars were presented in a suitably rustic setting.
|1910 Buick Model 10 (left) and 1905 Lovell (right)|
|1910 Buick Model 10 Four Passenger Toy Tonneau|
This Model 10, selling for $1,150, was purchased new by a gentleman in Morris, New York, and had a full slate of options: a windshield and a wicker picnic basket. It could be a prime candidate for restoration as it has almost all of its original parts.
This one-of-kind motor vehicle was constructed by Abijah Lovell in his blacksmith shop in Chemung, New York. It includes a number of parts from horse-drawn buggies as well as parts purchased directly from manufacturers, such as the simple two cylinder engine from Brennan Motors in Syracuse and the transmission made by New York Gear Works in Brooklyn. The wheels were fashioned from buggy wheels and fitted with pneumatic tires.
Next up was a selection of light trucks:
|1922 Ford Model TT 1 Ton Truck|
|1926 International Speed Truck Model S|
|1965 DIVCO Delivery Van|
|Centre: 1904 Pierce Stanhope|
|Buffalo's Finest: 1931 Pierce-Arrow 5-Passenger Sedan (left); 1904 Pierce Stanhope (centre); 1936 Pierce-Arrow Country Club Roadster (right)|
|1936 Pierce-Arrow Deluxe 8 Country Club Roadster|
In addition to its famous "Archer" hood ornament, a distinguishing feature of Pierce-Arrows was the integration of the headlights into the front fenders, which began in 1913, although more conventional drum headlights were available as an option. This Country Club Roadster, powered by a 150 hp inline eight and built on a 139" wheelbase, cost $3,295 and is one of only three or four known to remain. The company was in dire straits at this point and only 787 Pierce-Arrows were built that year, with the company out of business two years later.
|1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 43 5-Passenger Sedan|
|1928 Cunningham Model V-7 7-Passenger Berline|
|1908 Mora Tourer Six|
|1929 Chevrolet Four Door Landau Convertible|
|1948 Playboy Retractable Hardtop|
Strangely, when publisher Hugh Hefner was considering a name for his new magazine, a colleague suggested using that of this defunct car company and it was adopted!
|1912 Maxwell Model AC Open Door Messenger|
In 1921 Walter Chrysler took control of Maxwell-Briscoe and it became the basis of what was to become the Chrysler Corporation. The Maxwell name was dropped by 1927.
|1914 O-We-Go Cyclecar|
|1910 Chase Model D Truck|
|1907 Chase Model D Open Express Truck|
A nice little feature of the museum is the chance to have your photo taken at the wheel of a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster. Produced in the penultimate year of Model T production, this Roadster had a selling price of only $250.
And this ended our excellent visit to the Northeast Classic Car Museum. Highly recommended!