Monday, July 16, 2018

Porsche at the Cincinnati Concours

For the 41st Annual Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance the featured marque was 7 Decades of Porsche. Most of the center field was dedicated to this iconic German company. One class had the very earliest Porsche road cars, from the beginning up until 1960. This class included an example of the first Porsche road car. In this case it was a 1949 356 Gmund Coupe.
Also in the class was a 1952 356 Cabriolet with body work by Reutter. This particular car is number 40 of 304 cabriolets made.
Then there was a 1952 356 Coupe. This car had an interesting option, a fuel gauge.
This is a 1955 356 Speedster. It is number 394 of the slightly more than 1200 built. It underwent a complete restoration in 2012.
This car is a 1956 356 A Coupe. It, like all of the early Porsches was designed by Ferry Porsche, son of the man who created the Volkswagen Beetle, and Erwin Komeda.
Here is a 1960 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet. The Super 90 refered to the fact that it produced 90 horsepower with its air cooled flat four engine. This is a past concours winning car.
Some might be surprised to learn that Porsche also made tractors. Here is a 1957 P 122 Allgaier Tractor. Unlike its contemporary stablemates this vehicle made a top speed of a mere 18 miles per hour.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sport Classics at the Cincinnati Concours

The Sports Classic Class at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance is always filled out with spectacular examples. This year featured a beautiful 1963 Mercedes Benze 190 SL that was being shown after a restoration had been completed earlier in the year.
A very rare 1953 Fiat V 8 Coupe was also on display. This is one of only 114 of these cars ever built. It was bodied by Ghia. This car has won awards at other concours events.
Austin Motor Company in the UK built this 1954 Nash Metropolitan Convertible to be sold in North America. It has a small 1197 cc four cylinder engine that produces a mere 42 horse power.
There are only 36 1936 MG PBs in the United States out of the 408 that were actually produced, making this an extremely rare car. This car won best in class at Amelia Island in 2014.
Next to it was a more common 1953 MG TD. This was the last year of this model and this particular car, one of nearly 30,000 built, was one of the last one manufactured.
The only right hand drive Sunbeam Alpine in the United States is this 1954 Sports Roadster. Of the nearly 1600 of these cars built fewer than 200 exist today.
This 1959 Twin Cam Roadster was found in an abandoned factory in 2013. Only slightly more than 2100 of these cars were ever built and only 100 are known to still exist.
1959 was the last year for the Austin Healey 100 and this 100-6 BN 4 underwent a 30 year restoration that was completed in 2016.
This 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Sports Saloon is one of only 309 DB2s ever built. W.O. Bentley who went on to build his own car brand designed the engine.
Stored in a barn for 43 years, this 1959 MGA Roadster was given new life in 2015. According to the owner part of the clean up process involved Dawn dish washing detergent.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jaguar XK On Display at the Cincinnati Concours

The outstanding Jaguar XK was one of the automobiles showcased at this year's Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance. Here is a 1962 XK 120 fixed head coupe. Only a little over 2500 fixed heard coupes were built by Jaguar.
Like the 120, this 1965 XK 140 MC fixed head coupe saw only a little over 2500 ever built. The 140 was the first Jaguar sports car to be offered with an automatic transmission.
This 1959 XK 150 S OTS Roadster represents the last model of the XK series. About 2200 of these cars were built and sold. This car has undergone two restorations.
This 1954 XK 120 OTS was converted to a vintage racer in 1985. Essentially it is stock except for safety gear and an upgraded engine.
A 2010 restoration saved this 1953 XK 120 Drop Head Coupe. The car features aluminum body parts for the bonnet or hood, the boot or trunk, and the doors.
Here is a 1954 XK 140 MC OTS. About 3300 140 MC models were built, sporting an upgraded engine and twin exhaust.

Here is a 1954 XK 120 OTS. This car had racing factory options. In fact, in their heyday, the 120 OTS set number speed records and was a frequent winner at various race tracks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hemmings Classic Car Weekly Newsletter

The always interesting Hemmings Classic Car Weekly Newsletter just came out with a feature story about the first generation Corvette. Also, a look at an upcoming exhibit at the NASCAR museum and an article about the 1964 Buick LeSabre as well as other great reads. Be sure to check out the link below and, if you haven't already, go ahead and sign up for your own copy.

Pre War Vintage

Not all great old cars are considered full classics by the Classic Car Club of America and the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance does not overlook those. One member of this class was this 1930 Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe. Ford made over 4.8 million Model A cars.
Another Ford Model A from 1930 was also on display. This Cabriolet 68 B had a body by Briggs and was assembled at the Ford plant in Western Hills.
Another 1930 Ford was this Woody Station Wagon which is the rarest of all the Model A types. This car was restored in 2007.
Rounding out this class is a 1937 LaSalle Series 50 Touring Sedan. The car was designed by Harley Earl at the beginning of his illustrious career.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Late Pre War Classics at the Cincinnati Concours

Those cars considered full classics by the Classic Car Club of America are divided into two groups at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance. This is the "Late" classics class meaning those cars built after 1935. This group includes a 1941 Packard 160 Sedan.
Only 651 of thse 1936 Auburn 852 Custom Phaetons were ever built. The cars featured a 280 cubic inch straight eight engine.
Gordon M. Buerig designed this 1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet. Among other innovations, Cords were the first front wheel drive cars in the USA.
Very rare, this 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith was one of only three built with an Inskip Sedanca de Ville body.
One of only 30 ever built, this 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art as being a milestone in design.
Sporting unique body work by Bohman and Schwartz, this 1939 LaSalle Series 50 Convertible was commissioned by the owner of the Merchant Calculating Company to rival a 1939 Packard.
This 1937 Packard 1507 Convertible Coupe was one of only 258 1507s ever built and one of only 69 convertibles. Only 25 are known to still exist.
Famed designer Harley Earl penned this 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe. The body was built by Fischer.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Early Pre War Classics at the Cincinnati Concours

Full classic cars as determined by the Classic Car Club of America are broken into two categories at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance. The first are the "early" cars, those made before 1936. This group was packed with spectacular automobiles including this 1929 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton. It was clothed by the famed body builder Dietrich.

Next is one of four surviving 1933 Packard 1005 Victorias. This V12 was also outfitted by Dietrich.
The final automobile built by the Peerless Motor Car Company was this 1932 V 16 Touring Sedan. Body work was by Murphy.
Only 268 1923 Buick Model 98 Victoria Phaetons were built and this is one of only six known to still exist. This is a CCCA Premier winner and an Antique Automobile Club of America Grand National Senior winning car.
Amelia Earhart was one of the celebrities who drove a 1925 Kissel 8-75 Gold Bug Speedster. Only 150 cars from Kissel are known to still exist.
The son of founder Ettore Bugatti created this 1935 Type 57 Coupe. Only 710 of these cars were produced.
This 1931 Duesenberg Convertible Victoria had body work by Rollston. People such as Clark Gable and Gary Cooper thought these cars were "doosies" and owned them.
Dietrich did custom body work for this 1931 Packard Convertible Victoria. This class winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is one of only four known to still exist.
Known as a Light 8 for its straight eight cylinder engine, this 1932 Packard 900 Convertible Coupe is one of only 50 known to still exist.
Here is one of only two Murphy bodied Packards ever made and this is the only survivor. This is a 1932 Twin Six. Packard used a V12 engine but called it a "twin six."
This 1930 Cadillac Model 452 Coupe had a massive V16 engine. It had custom work from the Fleetwood Metal Body Company.
Spain brought us this 1928 Hispano Suiza T 49 Seven Passenger Touring. It had a complete frame off restoration in 2017.