John, I don't know what happed to your post, but here's what you said:
Theron G. Riley and his wife Mabel were uncle & aunt to me. Besides, owning Bouqet, he had one or more restaurants (where, if I remember correctly, he met my aunt).
In addition, he was president of the AC division of General motors
during the early 30s. He also produced a single prototype monoplane called the "Riley Special" (he was an aeronauitical engineer by training). My recollection was that during the WWII years, he also engaged in the manufacturing of aircrart seating for war planes, type and purpose unknown to me.
Now, regarding this particular vehicle: I can recall that it was a
wonderful cream color (perhaps "camel" is a better name?), with
similarly colored leather interior. Following a minor fender-bender, he
was very upset that the local dealership wanted to repair the damaged fender, and even after Uncle Theron's insistence to replace, a new one stateside could not be found.
The result: Uncle Theron paid to have someone drive down to Mexico City, where a NOS fender had been located.
Similarly, the engine replacement in 1969 (the year I graduated high
school) was done because my uncle rejected the notion of a rebuilt motor in the one car he truly cared about.
As Mssrs. Stork and subsequent owners will attest, this car accumulated a goodly number of miles on the odometer. Theron and Mabel wanted their adopted daughter Suzanne to see as much of the USA as possible, so they took many road trips. I recall Aunt Mabel including Howard Johnsons in several of her vacation descriptions.
The MK II was a necessity - uncle Theron suffered from acute Diabetes - especially in his legs - and being a rather tall man, the MK II had the prerequiste legroom.
Their home at 2751 Parkside Drive had a great, long brick garage with
living quarters above for a chauffeur & family (he didn't use one), and
the MK II was ALWAYS stored in it, in the first bay, with one of the
50-ish Ford Panel trucks in the next - even though they had exited the
ice-cream business years earlier.
I recall visiting my Aunt after Uncle Theron's passing, and her utter
and complete sadness that the Henry Ford museum rejected her offer of the car.
There is much more history attached to this particular vehicle than one
might think, especially when you consider that uncle Theron was friends with Harlow Curtice (President of GM in mid-50s), and many other prominent business leaders of the time.
I joined this forum for the express purpose of commenting on this
particular car, and although I cannot think of anything else relevant,
if the need arises, I encourage the admins to contact me.
Best wishes to all who invest in maintaining what I consider one of the finest post-war styling and driving efforts ever produced.*