"Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved."


By Bob Rader

While I personally have never seen one I do not doubt that it did exist. It was supposed to augment the Ford and Lincoln lines during the 1930's before the Mercury. Like Mercury it was to be a medium size with conventional layout. But Mr. Ford planned to use it also as a tester brand for new ideas. The new V-12 that went into the Zephyr which was smaller than the Lincoln model K V-12, was originally to run in the new car. Then Henry changed his mind and made the car smaller and actually built three with the V-60. They were seen around Detroit and given the name Snit by the press which was at that time busy covering Ford's big battle with the unions.

Henry Ford himself was seen driving one of the experimental cars. It was reported in the Detroit Free Press on January 12 1937 that after a long and contentious meeting with the leader of the UAW that, "Henry Ford walked out of the meeting and drove off in a Snit". Harry Bennett was supposed to have driven off in a Huff. I can only guess that was a misprint and they meant Hupp.


With the loss of Dick Schoppe, Raders Relics is changing it's operating style. We are now open by appointment only. Though you can drop by most mornings and probably catch me here, but if you don't want to gamble please call ahead. I feel a connection with friends and customers who over the years have trusted us with some delightful and fun investorcars. Except for an escape to the mountains, I'll keep on keeping on. - Bob Rader

"Having a bad day at the car show"

Our current inventory of classic cars at a glance:
1939 Ford Deluxe convertible sedan in folkstone grey with red piping and carmel interior. To sum it up in a few words--She is a fresh national show quality restoration. Show Me More! >>>> $49,500
1946 Military Jeep. We have had him before, ( he's the one that had his tub replaced some time in his life ) He has had quite a few upgrades since he was here. He now sports a summer top, new correct shovel, axe and jerry can. Drive line has been rebuilt as well as springs. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1950 Ford Deluxe club coupe with a show quality coat of Ford dark toreador red over a never rusted body and chassis. Show Me More! >>>> $49,500
SOLD1958 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe with modern air conditioning and CD player as well as power steering and other goodies like a later model non powerglide automatic. Show Me More! >>>>




REDUCED 1949 Willys Jeep CJ-2A. Starting with a new tub he has new everything. Beware, if you're like me you won't believe you could have ever fit comfortably in the drivers seat of this worlds most utilitarian vehicle. $12,000 Show Me More! >>>>



NEW 1967 Chevrolet Camaro coupe that came bare bones from the factory. Six, stick, no PS and of course no air conditioning, but boy he's a beautiful car with an expensive, luxurious ermine white repaint including new rubber and fuzzys and windshield. Except for new carpet, a fine original interior. Added amfm in the glove compartment. Show Me More! >>>> $18,760
1968 Buick Skylark Custom hardtop coupe. He's named after his founding father, David Dunbar Buick, (Died in 1929) Davey has his original coat of ice blue metallic with white top. Interior is fine original too. Obviously no rust or accidents ever. Not even a ding in the paint or a star in the windshield. Show Me More! >>>> $11,999
SOLD 1971 Volkswagen Beetle owned by an old friend in NC. He is not a car person. The photos are from him. The asking price is $7200. I can put you in direct contact with him. Here is his description-- VW is 1971 Super Beetle. Show Me More! >>>> $7200
REDUCED 1972 Volkswagen Karman Ghia convertible with a show quality restoration inside and out with a 1600cc engine slightly modified. Frankly, based on performance, we think she could have a 1900cc engine but there's no way to tell for sure without tearing it down. $21,000 Show Me More! >>>>



Amanda Reckonwith is a 1983 Buick Riviera convertible is one of only 3898 produced from 1982- 1985. Available in only white or red, with white tops and red leather. The 307 V8 was an option. Base price was $25,702.00, more than the Corvette. Amanda has had over $20,000 spent on restoration (reciepts here) 5600 miles on new Jasper 307 engine, transmission, rear end, a/c, top/motor, tires, hydro booster brake, power steering, power windows and seats, custom paint, disk brakes, gas shocks, Kenwood stereo/CD, ball joints. Show Me More! >>>> $17,500
SOLD 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in Gossamer blue with dark blue leather. I won't even try to go into her extensive luxury equipment. The important thing here is that you can buy a new car for the sticker price she had on the showroom in 1985. Show Me More! >>>> $26,862
SOLD 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. He has been 125,000 easy miles and looks and runs like 25,000. The interior has either been replaced or amazingly kept original. Repainted the original black with red striping, After market wheels and healthy tires. Ice cold air. Show Me More! >>>> $3,950


Raders Relics conversion chart to translate old cars ads language. This is a compendium of a quarter century in the business from personal observations and other publications. In red and black on parchment color, 11X17, suitable for framing to hang in the family room, garage, where ever you like. Samples:
If it says: It really means:
Older restoration Can’t tell it’s been restored
Drive it away I live on top of a hill
Lost storage Neighbors getting up a petition
Uses no oil Just throws it out
And fifty more

Yours for a pittance at just $12.50 each. Add $3.50 for the mailing tube and postage, any quantity. Your check is acceptable to us. We aren’t set up to take credit cards.



Coca Cola cooler, 1950, restored, very good. $950
Murray pedal car, 1950s, actually never used. $1100

Mobile oil dispenser. Circa 1940. Very good original, never restored. Full of bottles. $3500.00

Your check is fine. Sorry no credit cards


1896 Kentucky Ave. • 1/2 mile from exit #87 at I-4 and fairbanks, • Winter Park, Florida USA 32789.
Tel: (407) 647-1940 Fax: (407) 647-1930 • email: Bob Rader therelic@theraders.net

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