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Arguably one of the most successful supercars of the pre WWI era is the Mercer Raceabout. Being the iconic brass time race car it is also the daddy-toy which has been replicated most. In sizes ranging from Matchbox to scale 1:32, to scale 1:16 and yes of course 1:1 replicas as well. But in the end you want to go beyond your fantasy, you only want the real thing... It may be clear that it takes an expert car historian to tell you which ones are fully authentic and which ones aren't. And no wonder the price of the real-real thing - if ever available - is deep into the 7 digit numbers. When you started saving 50 years ago you most probably will never be able to buy one. So you were either born rich or you are a Warren Buffett adept or you bought this 1912 Type 35C Raceabout sixty years ago. At least that weas what David Uihlein did. He paid US$ 500 in cash (check the receipt) for the car which was in need for a lot of TLC. Back then already he joined the exclusive (and small!) club for owners of Mercer Raceabouts. Today it is nearly impossible to find or buy a Mercer Raceabout. The expected hammerprice is between 2 and 3 million dollars which is a lot of money. But hey, maybe people will look back at that figure as a steal... sixty years from now.
October 18, Dragone Classic Auctions
Rob Lawson sends the above photo of a set of antique plates. But is it car or bike? He writes: "My family and I are currently in the process of sorting through items from my late mother's estate. We have come across a pair of cast metal number plates bearing the # 435. We are assuming that they may be genuine early Victorian car registration plates."
Editor: Well Rob, we must say that we personally never saw plates like these without any lettering, but we understand registrations without lettering and up to 5 digits were common on Guernsey since 1908. Soon enough somebody will jump in and explain what is the case.
A chap in his early thirties thought he was probably the youngest nutter in the hobby, but hey read about Tom Barrett. He writes: "I am a 14 year old enthusiast coming 15 this weekend. I am doing construction, sports, history and all the main subjects in Wolgarston high school in Penkride. The amazing fun family tradition started with my Great Grandad, Tommy Barrett.
He was a scrap man, scrapping the Rolls Royce Ghosts when they weren't as expensive, he used to drive a 1947 V8 flathead ford Thames. Next it is my Grandad, Anthony Barrett, who is a vintage and classic specialist with a big collection of vehicles, he also is a scrapman and mechanic. After it is my Dad Anthony Barrett jr with a ( edit. Bentley) 4 litre in a 4 and a half chassis, he is a mechanic like my Grandad. Next it is me, an enthusiast looking for a project. I caught the bug when I joined the Bentley club in 2008.
I have had an Austin 7 project before but after I put the chassis all together I found out it was too late for vscc trials. I help my Dad with the Bentley when I'm able to, so I can build my knowledge of vintage and veteran I have read books like Bentley 50 years of Marque, the Vintage Years, Austin 7 specials bill Williams."
Thumbs up to you Tom! Looking forward to hear more from you in future.
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