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History Alfred A. Berton's '32 Cabriolet

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Ryan
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  2. Great looking car,,and the top just makes it that much better. HRP
     
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  3. alchemy
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    Is that the car that was mentioned in an issue (or the website?) of Hop Up ala Mark Morton? He had a little history but was looking for more?
     
  4. Ryan
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    It could be... I have a line on who might be a current owner of the car, but haven't confirmed it yet... Once I do, I will... and maybe I can get a feature as well...
     
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  5. Fogger
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    Beautiful west coast style build. The best improvement on a Cabriolet is laying back the windshield, but that Carson top is perfect and makes the whole car. Looking forward to more info.
     
  6. Mr48chev
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    Not to go off the main subject but does anyone know what came of the Chopped and channeled 32 Cabriolet that Perry Lassiter (tall guy with reddish hair) had in the 70's in Waco?
     
  7. ..........I'm with Fogger on the laid back windshield. Cabriolets need that.
     
  8. flatheadtommy
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    Ryan, i found that car in North Andover, ma. about 12 years ago. it had been sitting in a 1 stall garage
    since about 1964. it was minus the flathead and the original carson top was destroyed , but the body was rust free. the car had come east in the early 50's when AL burton bought it while still in the service stationed in Texas, he drove it home to conn. where he intered it in many shows. sometime
    in the late fifties it was sold to a fellow from Lawrence , Ma. then sold to the father of the fellow i
    bought it from. i since sold it to Dave Simard from leominster, Ma. and i didn;t mentioned the car
    was built in Ca. in the forties. , let me know if you have any questions., Tommy Caruso.
     
  9. Ryan
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    Hot damn. I just got an email from Dave... He still has it.

    I would love to see more images of the car.
     
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  10. thirtytwo
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    I had a car that was identical to that car also... Charlie Duran had it for awhile he said when he got it it looked almost just like that pic. That car was in Texas also wierd two cabriolets in the same area ... Wonder if the same people were involved?
     
  11. hammeredt
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1424717409.305202.jpg

    A recent pic From a hot rod mag special edition a few years back.


    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
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  12. Nobey
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    It looks like that Carson top fit the roll up windows well. What a luxury.
     
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  13. Ryan
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    I'm in absolute and total love with that car...
     
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  14. Another example of the power of the h.a.m.b.!
     
  15. gonzo
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    Get on the phone, make a deal, you work hard, you deserve that car, its a crime that its not already yours!
     
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  16. Diggin the layback angle on the windshield. Perfect!
     
  17. Ryan
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    Right?
     
  18. brady1929
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    That car needs to be black again!
     
  19. flatheadtommy
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    i believe the car was a dark shade of very fine metallic green like GM had in the forties, it still had
    tha dark green roll & pleat leather seat in it that was still in very nice condition. and talking about
    the chop, i remember looking under the cowl and i could't believe the metal work that was done to
    lean the windshield posts back. a very fine looking roadster ! it had a z -ed frame with a rear roll pan
    i believe it had a 286 flathead with 3 97's also a dropped axle with kinmont brakes. big & little wide
    whites . there were some good pics. in rodders journal about a year ago, also in hop-up 5 years ago.
     
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  20. Ryan
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    TRJ? How did I miss that?
     
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  21. flamingokid
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    All I can say is "Make me write bad checks";)
     
  22. gnichols
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    Nice top. Sure hope there are more pix of the car to follow. I'm very interested in the slanted windscreen, too. Gary
     
  23. @Ryan -

    Two circa 1951 B&W photos the Cabriolet (when Paul Ellis of San Antonio owned it) appeared on page 121 of TRJ #54 ... as part of @Curt Six's "Eddie Baumann: Unsung Hero From The Lone Star State" article.

    A more recent (Steve Coonan) color photo of the Cabriolet (in Simard's garage) appears on pages 130 & 131 of TRJ #58 ... as part of @Curt Six's "Garage Scene" article. (NOTE: Page 132 of TRJ #58 is an Ad for some website with "the Golden Touch":D).

    I'd post a scan of those pages ... but I promised @TRJ that I'd quit "infringing on their copyrights" :oops::)
     
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  24. SuperFleye
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    Great news! I put that car up on Kustomrama s a bait a couple of years ago hoping someone could tell me more about it! Seems like I caught the big fish ;)
     
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  25. Ryan
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    Thanks for these images from TRJ!

    01.jpg 02.jpg
     
  26. newjersm3
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    Those pictures are awsome!
     
  27. Ryan
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    I know, right? Car fucking kills me...
     
  28. gonzo
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    Those skinny hairpins are the cats balls! And that nerf... that's it I'm off to Leominster.
     
  29. bowie
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    If Dave Simard has it in his personal collection, you know it's an awesome car! Would love to see more of it.
     
  30. Ryan
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    I'm working on it.
     

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