Collection grows in Metamora

Adam Larck
The Roadster sits in Phil Fischer’s showroom in Metamora.

After buying two 1929 Oldsmobiles, Phil Fischer, of Metamora, wanted to keep expanding to get the remaining four styles of the car he needed.

It wasn’t long before he would get a chance to pick up two of them at the same time.

The pair

Shortly after getting the phaeton restored, Fischer said he found an ad in Old Cars Weekly advertising a convertible Roadster for sale.

“I know there were only three in the country that still existed,” he said.

While Fischer had just put almost everything he had into the phaeton, he still called the guy and asked for the bottom line on the convertible.

While he was told that it was $2,500, he was also told that the guy had a regular Roadster as well, of which there are also three in the country.

Originally, the regular Roadster wasn’t for sale.

However, a week later Fischer said the guy was swilling to sell both after a collector made an offer.

Fischer found a way to match the offer and soon was transporting the pair of Roadsters from Nebraska to Metamora.

He added that the convertible Roadster is now called a cabriolet due to some confusing language. The convertibles at the time had roll-up windows, but the Roadster had side curtains.

“It’s still a convertible Roadster, but now it’s called a cabriolet,” he said.

He added that he wants the convertible Roadster to be the next national show winner, and plans to restore it next.

The two-door and missing coupe

It took another year before the fifth ‘29 appeared.

The fifth car, the two-door, was found through a listing in Vermont.

Fischer said after buying the car, he later found out that the car had actually been located in Canada. He added that he was glad he didn’t have to pay the transportation costs to bring the car stateside, as there were a lot of added costs with that.

Now, Fischer only lacks the coupe style.

“Right now, I’m helping five people across the US and Canada restore their coupes and it’s killing me,” he said. “I can’t get one of them to turn loose of their coupe. If I had plenty of money, like hit the lottery or something, one of them is in northwest Canada and I’d go after that one. It’s unrestored and I would not restore it, it is that nice.”

“So, someday, I will have that coupe and I will have all the body styles of ’29.”

He added that it was luck and fate that helped him find all of his Olds so far.

“The blue one that got me started in this? According to the story, there was no way in hell I was getting it,” Fischer said.

“The Phaeton popped up in an ordinary magazine and I was lucky to grab it before someone knew what it was. Other than the first one, anybody could have got them.”

Other Olds items

Besides owning the ‘29 Oldsmobiles, Fischer also owns a lot of memorabilia as well.

“I’ve got every piece of literature that was printed on the ’29 Olds, at least I think I do. If there’s a piece out there, I don’t know what it is,” he said.

In addition, he owns some neon signs for the Olds that he has on display in his showroom, as well as one of two advertising manuals that he knows of that is still in existence. The other manual is in Australia.

Fischer said the manual contains all the signs, decorations and items that were used to promote the Oldsmobile.

All of this knowledge over the ‘29 Oldsmobile also earned Fischer an extra position in the Oldsmobile Club of America and National Antique Oldsmobile Club.

“I’m also what they call a national, actually it’s an international, advisor for the ’28, ’29 and ’30 in the OCA and NAOC,” he said. “That’s how all these people find me. Being a national advisor, I’ve been buying and selling cars to support this habit of mine.”