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1921 Mercer Raceabout
1921 Mercer Raceabout
Four cylinder 70 horsepower engine with 3 3/4 inch bore and 6 3/4 inch stroke. Piston displacement of 298.2 cubic inches. Wheelbase 115 inches. Weight 3800 pounds. 25 gallon gas tank. Extra 5 gallon oil tank for high speed driving. 32 x 4 1/2 tire size. Made in Trenton, New Jersey.
1932 Lincoln KB V-12 Coupe Roadster by LeBaron
1932 Lincoln KB V-12 Coupe Roadster by LeBaron
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1930 Cadillac All Weather Phaeton
1930 Cadillac All Weather Phaeton
1912 National 40 Speedway Roadster Model V
1912 National 40 Speedway Roadster Model V
The National Car Company produced their cars in Indianapolis, Indiana. The present day Indianapolis Speedway began as the factory proving grounds for these extraordinary fine high-quality racing machines. In 1911 alone, National placed a total of 162 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finishes, and won World Stock Champion, World Road Race Champion, World's Fastest Straitaway Mile, and Long Distance Champion honors. A factory brochure quoted the following, "The fame of this car has circled the globe because of its multiplied (sic) demonstrations of absolute reliability, speed, and perfect satisfaction." We are currently restoring one of the very few remaining examples of this very rare and treasured automobile.
1913 Pope Twin Board-Track Racer
1913 Pope Twin Board-Track Racer
Pope motorcycles were built from 1911 to 1918 in Hartford, Connecticut and in Westfield, Massachusetts. In the 1870s, Colonel Albert Augustus Pope (Union Army) began importing and manufacturing bicycles under the name of Columbia. In 1896, Pope also began producing automobiles. Pope board-trackers did not not enjoy huge success on the race track but they really gave it a good try.
  • Displacement: 1000cc
  • Horsepower: 12 to 18
  • Wheelbase: 56 inches
  • Weight: 305 lbs
  • Top speed: 65 mph
1909 Pierce Four-Engine #189 Shaft Drive
1909 Pierce Four-Engine
#189 Shaft Drive

In 1909, Percy Pierce introduced a four cylinder motorcycle similar to the Belgian-built FN. The quality was very impressive, and so was the price -- $400.00 which was a staggering amount of money for that period. In 1910, a two-speed clutch and transmission were added at an even higher price. Sales were low and production ceased in 1913. The Pierce Arrow register lists only fifteen of these machines as surviving today. We are very proud and privileged to be restoring the one listed here.
1933 Ford Phaeton
1933 Ford Phaeton
1935 Auburn Super Charged
1935 Auburn Super Charged
1938 Packard Landaulet by Rollston
1938 Packard Landaulet by Rollston
If you were the richest girl in the world and were given the opportunity to have a custom car designed and built for you, what would you have built? Miss Doris Duke (Nov. 22, 1912 -- Oct. 28, 1993), the tobacco heiress, was born in 1912 and, in 1937 at age twenty-five, she visited the Rollston body company in New York City where she commissioned those prestigious body builders to produce her dream car.

She was chauffeured many times from her estate at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey to her mansion at Rough Point in Newport, Rhode Island in this beautiful 1938 V-12 Packard Landaulet by Rollston.

In 2007, Dick Shappy found the car in need of total restoration. Click on the photo to see us document the meticulous restoration process that this "one off" custom beauty underwent.
1912 Thor Model U 7 HP Twin
1912 Thor Model U 7 HP Twin
The following is from a 1912 Thor sales brochure:

"This new big 7 horsepower White Twin is the most powerful motorcycle yet known, with unlimited speed. It will be the boss of the road and the pride of the boulevard."

"Its exceptionally beautiful appearance will appeal to the thousands of riders who enjoy long trips and pride themselves on their neat appearance when touring."

"Several of the most noted gasoline experts in the United States have pronounced this new 7 H. P. Twin Cylinder Motor to be positively the most mechanically perfect internal combustion engine of the age."

color              white
wheelbase      55 1/2 inches
weight            225 lbs.
height             29 inches
1912 Yale Model 27 7 Horsepower Twin
1912 Yale Model 27 7 Horsepower Twin
In April of 2009, Dick visited the Horseless Carriage sponsored event that is held annually in Bakersfield, California. While looking for spares for the many pre-war era cars that Dick is restoring, he noticed six vintage motorcycles displayed for sale on an open trailer. Dick began negotiating for the purchase of the 1912 Yale 7P Twin and a 1912 Emblem Twin. No deal was made at that time with the gentleman who owned them, but Dick was definitely interested. After doing a little more research on both machines, Dick learned that the 1912 Yale Twin was the biggest and fastest produced at the time and was, indeed, the most desirable Yale of that year. A few weeks later, Dick ran in to the same gentleman at the meet in Oley, Pennsylvania. Both motorcycles were still available. A deal was made, and, here below, you will see a detailed accounting of the restoration of the beautiful 1912 Yale motorcycle.
1911 Flying Merkel
1911 Flying Merkel
On October 21st 2006, Dick Shappy attended the Otis Chandler auction in Oxnard, California. His main purpose for attending this auction was to purchase the 1911 Flying Merkel motorcycle.

After being outbid, Dick soon bought a "basket case" version of the same model, and is now restoring it.

This project has an article associated with it. You can find it here.
 
1934 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, Body by Derham
1934 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, Body by Derham
The newly found Duesenberg J Convertible Sedan stirred up a lot of interest since the story of its acquisition appeared in the March 3rd 2005 issue of Old Cars Weekly Vol.34, No.9. Because of the interest that article generated, we are showing our web site visitors how nicely the restoration is proceeding. Detailed information is posted as the work is completed.
1904 Cameron Roadster
1904 Cameron Roadster
For the past three years, Dick Shappy and Sean Brayton have been restoring one of the earliest known surviving examples of this rare and beautiful little piece of Americana.

This project has an article associated with it. You can find it here.
1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe, body by Fisher, engine # 5000011
1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe, body by Fisher, engine # 5000011
In 1998, Dick Shappy began the restoration of this rare (only one) and desirable automobile. It is scheduled to be shown this June (Father's Day) at the New England Cadillac LaSalle show at the Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1911 Cadillac Demi Tonneau
1911 Cadillac Model 30 Demi Tonneau
This car was purchased in 2002 from Steve Grisbee of Cheyenne Wyoming, and it has undergone a complete show-quality body-off restoration that took seven years to complete. Although several of these Demi Tonneau cars have been restored at our facility, the one pictured here started off as the best original example that we had ever seen. With the restoration finally complete,we feel that it is the highest quality example of 1911 Cadillac Demi Tonneau available on the market today.
1928 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
1928 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
This car is still under restoration. Upholstery, nickel bright work, and top bow replacement has been completed.
1911 Cadillac Model 30 Roadster
1911 Cadillac Model 30 Roadster
This car was purchased several years ago from the Dragone collection. Most of the correct parts for it have been found and are being fitted, after which, the project will be disassembled. Paint work, bright work, upholstery, et cetera will be finished, and the car will be reassembled.
1915 Cadillac Type 51 Landaulet
1915 Cadillac Type 51 Landaulet
Listed as the only existing Type 51 Landaulet in the Cadillac-LaSalle Club directory.
1916 Simplex-Crane Boat-Tail Roadster
1916 Simplex-Crane Boat-Tail Roadster
A documented California car in mostly original condition.
1917 Cadillac Type 57 Three-Passenger Coupe
1917 Cadillac Type 57 Three-Passenger Coupe
Arriving at Shappy's in September, 2003.
1918 Cadillac Type 57 Commercial Body "Laundry Truck"
1918 Cadillac Type 57 Commercial Body "Laundry Truck"
Pristine condition -- original signage is still legible.
1917 Indian Powerplus Motorcycle
1917 Indian Powerplus Motorcycle
We have recently caught the vintage motorcycle bug and have begun a "ground up" restoration of this 1917 Indian twin. We also have two other PowerPlus cycles ready for restoration when this one is completed.
1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley
1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley
At one time, as many as fifty trolley cars plied the streets of Providence. They were believed to be extinct until Dick Shappy discovered this one in West Warwick, Rhode Island. It had begun serving as a diner since 1940 after it retired from the tracks. See how new life is restored to this faded old lady of the streets.
1914 Flying Merkel Twin
1914 Flying Merkel Twin
The way we like 'em. In a basket.
1947 Cadillac Convertible Sedan
1947 Cadillac Convertible Sedan
1911 Cadillac 5 Passenger Touring
1911 Cadillac Five Passenger Touring
1913 Cadillac 5 Passenger Phaeton
1913 Cadillac 5 Passenger Phaeton
1912 Pope Hartford Portola Roadster
1912 Pope Hartford Portola Roadster
1915 Crane Simplex Gentlemen's Speedster
1915 Crane Simplex Gentlemen's Speedster
1918 Cadillac Roadster
1918 Cadillac Roadster
1928 Cadillac Convertible Coupe (original paint)
1928 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
(original paint)

1928 Cadillac Convertible Fleetwood
1928 Cadillac Convertible Fleetwood
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan
1931 Cadillac V-12 Coupe Victoria
1931 Cadillac V-12 Coupe Victoria

Can you identify five different Cadillacs in this photo?

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