Friday, June 23, 2017

American Collector Cars At the Concours

Today, as part of the 40th anniversary of the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance I'll be taking a look at the American Collector class. These are US cars made between 1946 and 1968. Starting it off is a 1947 Crosley Bubble Side Pick Up Truck. It's 44 cubic inch four cylinder engine produced 26.5 horse power.
A totally unrestored Oldsmobile 98 convertible was on display. It has been driven just a hair over 20,000 miles.
Another car with very low actual mileage (about 26,000) is this unique 1954 Hudson Italia Coupe which was made in conjunction with Touring of Italy. Only 26 were made and each cost $28,000 to build but had a sticker price of only $4800.
A 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible was also in attendance. Often synonymous with abject failure, only 120,000 Edsels were sold during its slightly more than three year run.
Offering up a slice of muscle (outside of the performance class) was this 1967 Chevy Impala SS convertible. With a 327 cubic inch V 8 engine this car could churn out 275 horse power.
The owner of this 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible has had the car for 39 years. This car has been voted one of the top five 1956 Chevys by the Classic Chevy Club.
This 1960 Lincoln Continental MK V convertible was the largest unibody automobile produced after World War II with a wheelbase of 131 inches and a total length of 227 inches.
Famed designer Virgil Exner penned this 1957 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman two door hardtop. Only 73 of these "forward look" jet age designed cars remain in the USA.
Named the very best Avanti by the Avanti owners group is this 1963 Studebaker. The Avanti was the first mass produced fiberglass bodied four passenger car.
The earliest known example of a 1965 Buick Riviera GS was also on display. With its options and color scheme it is a one of one car.

The Best in Class winner was this 1948 Tucker Torpedo Sedan. This was the last Tucker ever built.
Finally there was a 1963 Ford Falcon Sport Convertible Coupe. This was the last of the first generation of Falcons.

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