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Dealer PLEASURE CARS in Ft. Lauderdale in 1959

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  1. wbaeumer

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    Has anybody more infos about PLEASURE CARS at Harbor Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, FL? They had beside a 250PF coupe a 2- and 3-liter TR on offer in February 1960.
    Who was the owner?
    Photos of this dealer?

    Ideas?
     
  2. Marcel Massini

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    Robert (Bob) Publicker, born 23 April 1922, who raced a variety of front-engined Ferraris in the 1950s and was based in Fort Lauderdale/FL. Stirling Moss spent some of his time recuperating post-Goodwood at Publicker's house in Fort Lauderdale. Publicker passed away in 2000.

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  3. John Vardanian

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    Is this affiliated with Don Fong? If so, my PF was supposedly on the showroom floor during that timeframe.

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  4. 328PWC

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    I remember visiting this dealership at the age of six with my father. Wasn’t the dealership Bob Cressman’s which later became Cressman/Baumgarten?
     
  5. Marcel Massini

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    No, Don Fong was in Atlanta/GA, not in FL.

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  6. Marcel Massini

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    Cressman later became Cressman Baumgarten and then Shelton and later Ferrari Fort Lauderdale.

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  7. Jack-the-lad

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    I met Moss at Publicker's house. I was too young to have a driving license so a friend drove me there so that Stirling could autograph my copy of his autobiography, A Turn at the Wheel, which I still have.

    Almost unbelievably in today's world, there was an article in the local newspaper that Moss was at Publicker's home, and I found the address in the phone directory!
     
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  8. Jack-the-lad

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    Phil Baumgarten had a rather eclectic collection including a 330GTS, Maserati Bora, I think he had one of the Daytonas with the stainless steel Targa bar, but his big interest was in antique and vintage fire trucks.
     
  9. wbaeumer

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    Marcel,
    many thank for your quick answer.
    Any photo of the dealership available?
     
  10. Jack-the-lad

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    Walter,

    I will be staying with a former employee of Pleasure Cars next weekend. I'll ask if he has any pictures. Is there anything else you'd like to know?

    I lived in Ft. Lauderdale through all the various ownerships but only became aware of the dealership after Bob Cressman took control.

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  11. wbaeumer

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  12. 328PWC

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    Regards
     
  13. CLIFFORD BLAIR

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    I am Robert Publicker's nephew. I had never heard the story about Sterling Moss recuperating at his house. if there are any more stories about Robert...I would love to hear them. i will be happy to give you my personal email.
     
  14. Jack-the-lad

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    I have sent you a private message.
     

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