07. Great News!!! Just got better!!!

28.5.11.

I have just received the new registration document in the post. Yippee!

It shows the elusive chassis number-  144379

and also the name and address of the missing link, the dealer in Yorkshire.

The body type is listed ‘Sports’

12.6.11

I couldn’t find the dealers name on directory enquiries or Google, but eventually I found an Ebay item with his address, on Ebay in Sweden??

I sent him a message on Ebay to contact me please about the Buick, and waited hopefully.

Bank holiday Monday it was raining and miserable and I was behind with my invoicing at work, so I went into the office for a couple of hours.

The phone rang about 12.30 pm and it was Robert from Yorkshire about the Buick.

Yes he had owned it. Yes he sold it a few years ago, and yes he had a couple of old V5 registration documents for my car.

$1000 question – “I don’t suppose you have the brass chassis plate and old brown logbook do you?”

“Don’t think so, it is not in this file, but I have another filing cabinet, I will look in that and ring you back”

More invoicing.

Phone rings 1/2 hour later – ” Yes I found the brass chassis plate and old log book.”  Dead casual like. I nearly fell off my chair!

It was still raining as I drove up to Yorkshire the same afternoon.

Robert gave me a thick file of paperwork, including the plate and logbook, and some interesting correspondence with the Kent County Council about licensing the Buick as a tractor, and some of Ray Butchers letters to Buick parts suppliers in America.

The old brown logbook seems to show that Arthur Read, Ivan’s father, bought the Buick in 1936 from a Ronald Hubert Deacon in Margate, specifically to tow the mower on the golf course. No mention of Olive Read unfortunately.

I will scan some of the letters and write a separate chapter about these later.

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