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Collection of Ford and other cars headed for China

Collection of Ford and other cars headed for China

I thought you might be really interested in this article.

By Alyn Edwards Driving

http://driving.ca/buick/auto-news/news/collector-classics-beijing-bound

Seems a pity but these things happen things seem to converge to where the most money is.

I’ve reproduced the article in its entirety for your enjoyment and you can also visit the site through the link above.

VANCOUVER — A car dealer from China has purchased 100 classic cars and trucks from arguably the best and largest collection in the country .

Jim Ratsoy, a B.C. car dealer for nearly 50 years, spent the past three decades selecting the best vehicles in North America for his collection which spans six decades of automobile production.

Jim was a longtime Pontiac Buick dealer in Richmond. For a number of years, he drove a 1936 Ford convertible to work at his General Motors dealership almost every day.

He became a car dealer on his own in 1957 and acquired his first collector car two years later – a Model T Ford purchased from a local farmer in Northern Alberta who bought it new.

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The oldest car in the Jim Ratsoy collection is this 1906 Brush roadster powered by a single cylinder engine.

“We got it started and put air in the tires to drive it home,” he recalls. “The tires were rotten and didn’t last so we drove it home on the rims – about 40 kilometres to where I lived. Since then, I’ve always played with old cars and enjoyed every episode.”

Jim bought his collector cars one at a time and originally housed his collection in a warehouse near his Pontiac Buick dealership. He eventually expanded to an acreage in Richmond, approximately five kilometres south of Vancouver International Airport.

The growing collection occupied two large buildings on his property. One of the buildings containing rows of beautifully restored classics is ringed by a collection of memorabilia including signs, vintage gas station displays, pinball machines, jukeboxes, player pianos and music machines from early in the last century.

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Jim Ratsoy has sold his collection of some of Canadas best classic vehicles to a Chinese buyer who plans to open a large museum in Beijing.

The majority of the beautifully restored vehicles include a preponderance of convertibles.

“Top goes down, price goes up,” Jim would often say at the auctions where he bought some of his cars, adding, “It was the auctioneers’ favorite saying.”

His Ford collection includes convertibles beginning in 1929 with a Model A phaeton running through continuous years up to his fully optioned black 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable convertible and 1960 Edsel Convertible. In the last year of productions for Edsel, only 76 convertibles were manufactured in the 1960 model year.

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This 1960 Edsel is one of only 76 convertibles manufactured in the last year of Edsel production.

He has a perfectly restored first year 1939 Mercury convertible lined up with Mercury convertibles in the subsequent years of 1940, 1941 and 1948 as well as a 1957 Mercury Monterey convertible. There’s also two Mercury ‘woody’ station wagons and a rare Canadian-built yellow 1947 Monarch convertible. The collection includes a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan convertible.

Plymouth and Dodge convertibles, beginning with a 1932 Plymouth and going right up to a stunning black 1948 Plymouth convertible, line one wall of the building.

The wood-bodied 1947 Chrysler Town & Country convertible that he bought in St. Louis from a collector along with a 1931 Cadillac V12 phaeton are among the 100 vehicles going to China.

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Jim Ratsoy has almost every Chevrolet convertible built up to 1961 including this 1941 model.

There are Chevrolet convertibles from all eras as well as pairs of both 1955 and 1957 Bel Air convertibles. Pontiac convertibles are represented from 1948 and 1958, and he has Oldsmobile convertibles starting with the first Rocket V8-powered Oldsmobile built in 1949.

Jim’s collection ranges from 1906 to 1991, including a 1991 Buick Reatta with only 8,000 miles registered on the odometer.

“It is simply time for them to go and there is nobody around here that is interested,” Jim says sitting in a century-old barber’s chair amidst the collection he spent much of his life putting together.

He explains that his children aren’t willing or able to look after the collection and a series of health issues led to his decision to liquidate.

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A very rare 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible is among the 100 cars being shipped to China.

He has had several interested parties looking to purchase the collection, all from out of the country.

“I’ve had some negative comments about the sale,” he admits. “But no one here stepped up and wanted to buy them. I have no second thoughts.

“In some ways, it is sad that the collection did not stay locally but it is going to a place where hopefully the cars will be enjoyed and appreciated.”

Jim is keeping approximately 20 of the newer collector cars because they are easier for him to drive and eventually sell. His longer-term plans are to pare his collection down to about four special convertibles he can use.

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The TT Wildcat was Buick’s sportiest convertible for 1963 and this prime example is in the Jim Ratsoy collection.

Among the cars that he says are most notable that are heading to China is his massive 1958 Buick Limited convertible – the largest production convertible ever built by General Motors’ Buick Division.

“It was originally silver with a red leather interior but we painted it black which is my favorite color for cars. Black shows off the chrome very well,” he says.

He admits he may buy some more cars in the future. It’s in his DNA.

His father was a General Motors dealer in northern Alberta and Jim became a dealer at the young age of 23. He’s been buying and selling cars all his life and it may be hard to stop.

Rows of classic convertibles waiting to be shipped to China including a

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Rows of classic convertibles waiting to be shipped to China including a 1939 Mercury and 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air.

This 1951 Studebaker represents the first year for a two-door hardtop model with the new V8 engine.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03504.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

 

This 1951 Studebaker represents the first year for a two-door hardtop model with the new V8 engine.

An Isetta micro car is among the classics in Jim Ratsoy’s collection being shipped to China.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03513.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

An Isetta micro car is among the classics in Jim Ratsoy’s collection being shipped to China.

High style and performance of the early 1960s is epitomized by this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03515.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

High style and performance of the early 1960s is epitomized by this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible.

One of the classic cars being kept by Jim Ratsoy is this 1954 Buick Skylark convertible.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03518.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

One of the classic cars being kept by Jim Ratsoy is this 1954 Buick Skylark convertible.

Jim Ratsoy sitting in a century-old barber chair amidst the amazing collection of more than 100 classic vehicles he has collected over the past

40 years.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03473.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

Jim Ratsoy sitting in a century-old barber chair amidst the amazing collection of more than 100 classic vehicles he has collected over the past 40 years.

Jim Ratsoy has almost every Chevrolet convertible built up to 1961 including this 1941 model.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03506.jpg?quality=60&strip=all%2526w%253d1024>

Jim Ratsoy has almost every Chevrolet convertible built up to 1961 including this 1941 model.

An elegant 1951 Cadillac convertible is among the 100 classics  being shipped to China.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03485.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

An elegant 1951 Cadillac convertible is among the 100 classics being shipped to China.

A 1940 Mercury convertible waiting for shipment to China.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03514.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

A 1940 Mercury convertible waiting for shipment to China.

This beautifully restored 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible has almost every factory option.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03482.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

This beautifully restored 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible has almost every factory option.

A black Oldsmobile convertible powered by the new Rocket V8 engine.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03505.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

A black Oldsmobile convertible powered by the new Rocket V8 engine.

Jim bought this 1931 Cadillac V12 phaeton from a collector in St. Louis, along with a wood-bodied 1947 Chrysler Town and Country convertible.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03484.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

Jim bought this 1931 Cadillac V12 phaeton from a collector in St. Louis, along with a wood-bodied 1947 Chrysler Town and Country convertible.

The single-cylinder engine powering Jim Ratsoy’s

1906 Brush roadster.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03510.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

The single-cylinder engine powering Jim Ratsoy’s 1906 Brush roadster.

The V12 engine in Jim Ratsoy’s 1931 Cadillac phaeton.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03489.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

The V12 engine in Jim Ratsoy’s 1931 Cadillac phaeton.

Jim Ratsoy with one of his favourite cars – a rare 1958 Buick Limited convertible.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03491.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

Jim Ratsoy with one of his favorite cars – a rare 1958 Buick Limited convertible.

The TT Wildcat was Buick’s sportiest convertible for 1963 and this prime example is in the Jim Ratsoy collection.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03488.jpg?quality=60&strip=all%2526w%253d1024>

The TT Wildcat was Buick’s sportiest convertible for 1963 and this prime example is in the Jim Ratsoy collection.

A collection of 100 of Canadas best classic cars and pickups are being shipped to China for new museum in Beijing.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03507.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

A collection of 100 of Canadas best classic cars and pickups are being shipped to China for new museum in Beijing.

A 1938 Buick convertible with side-mounted spare tires is one of the 100 collector cars being shipped to China.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03487.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

A 1938 Buick convertible with side-mounted spare tires is one of the 100 collector cars being shipped to China.

A gorgeous 1937 Packard convertible is among the 100 classic vehicles being shipped to China.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03493.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

A gorgeous 1937 Packard convertible is among the 100 classic vehicles being shipped to China.

This top-of-the-line 1960 Buick Electra is among Jim Ratsoys collection of dozens of black convertibles.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03481.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

This top-of-the-line 1960 Buick Electra is among Jim Ratsoys collection of dozens of black convertibles.

Museum: One hundred of some of Canadas best classic vehicles have been sold to a Chinese buyer who plans to open a museum in Beijing.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/museum.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

Museum: One hundred of some of Canadas best classic vehicles have been sold to a Chinese buyer who plans to open a museum in Beijing.

This 1937 Ford convertible is among Jim Ratsoy’s full lineup of Ford convertibles stretching from 1929 through 1957.<http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2015/02/dsc03486.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=1024>

This 1937 Ford convertible is among Jim Ratsoy’s full lineup of Ford convertibles stretching from 1929 through 1957.

Keep It Straight.

Milton

New Performance coil For the FG Falcon XR6

Performance Coil For The FG Falcon

Most of our readers know that we have been supplying a performance coil for the BA and BF XR cars.

For a while now we have been asked for the same performance coil for the FG Falcon cars. Well we have gone one better. What we found was that we had gone as far as we could with the BA coil because of the limitrations of the casing not being able to take a bigger iron core and winding. Not so with the FG square format coil that gives more area to work with.

Now we have a coil that surpases the OEM coil by a substantial margin and also our BA coil, but don’t worry BA drivers we are still working on it.

A performance coil for the FG Falcon has been a while coming, no one else seemed to want to do it. (not that we could see anyway) It has surpassed our testing and is now in the hands and cars of customers so we are looking forward to hearing from them.

So until next time

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Performance Coil For The FG Falcon

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