Identifying an Antique


#1

How do I identify an antique car (just the shell) that’s up in my woods? Is there someplace I can upload a picture? A friend thought it might be a 1935 Oldsmobile, but it doesn’t look like any of the photos I’ve seen online. I’m thinking about using it for a planter, unless there’s someone who might be interesting in it. Thanks!


#2

Try spending some time at Barnes & Nobles Bookstore brousing through antiqe automobile reference books.


#3

Try looking on Ebay motors. They have loads cars in all sorts of disrepair.


#4

Hemmings Motor News publishes a magazine called Hemmings Classic Car (I am a charter subscriber!), and this is undoubtedly your best source for information of this sort.

Each month, they publish photographs in their Lost & Found column of antique and classic vehicles that are difficult to identify. And, invariably, within a month or two, readers will give definitive information about the car in question.

You can submit your car photograph and your personal information to them via US Mail at:

Lost & Found
c/o Hemmings Classic Car
P.O. Box 196
Bennington, VT 05201

OR, you can submit your photograph and personal information to them at:

dstrohl@hemmings.com


#5

If you’ve already taken pictures of the vehicle, you can upload them to a free image hosting site such as photobucket or imageshack


#6

Well, if there is someone in it that would be interesting. But yes, someone will be interested in it. I think it would make an awefully expensive planter. Your best reference would be on-line sources for identification. In fact, that is where most antique restorations start: from an old hull found in the woods or in the corner of a barn.


#7

“I’m thinking about using it for a planter, unless there’s someone who might be interesting in it”

Well, Jimmy Hoffa would be interesting. Do you think that he might be in it?

;-))


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#9

Thanks for your help!


#10

Ha! I hadn’t realized I wrote “interesting” rather than “interested.” Still, thanks for the chuckles!


#11

It could be an Oldsmobile, or a Pontiac, or a Chevy or…

Seriously, like the police department whose toilet was stolen, there is really nothing to go on here–or at least not much.

Although it will take a bit of time to get an answer, I strongly suggest that you submit this photo to Hemmings Classic Car, as I suggested in my earlier post.


#12

From the picture, it appears to me to be a General Motors car from the mid 1930’s. GM cars had one piece rear windows, while most other cars had split rear windows.


#13

Thanks, VDCDriver,
I’m in touch with Dave at Hemmings. I think we might be able to figure this out if I send him some closeups.
Meanwhile, “Seriously, like the police department whose toilet was stolen, there is really nothing to go on here…” you guys just crack me up!