Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Foreign Collector Cars At the Concours

As always this year's 40th anniversary of the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance had a beautiful collection of foreign collector cars starting off with a 1959 Mercedes Benz 220SE Coupe. This car was originally purchased by one of the owners of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and was rescued from a garage after sitting idle for 40 years.
This 1952 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet B has been in the same family since it was purchased in Munich, Germany for the equivalent of $700 in 1958.

Another German beauty was this BMW 1600-2 Cabriolet which was converted from a sedan while in Stuttgart. This fabulous car has added Best in Class at the Cincinnati Concours to its Best in Class at last year's Hilton Head Island Concours.
Keeping with the German theme is this 1972 BMW 3.0 CS. It gets its name from the 2986 cc straight six engine that produces 180 horse power.
The least sporty of the German cars in this class is this 1970 Volkswagen Beetle convertible. This was the first year for Beetles to have sealed headlights, a 12 volt electrical system (which still had a tendency to fail), an oval driver's side mirror, and a nearly 1500 (1493 cc four cylinder boxer) engine.
A rarely seen 1965 Iso Rivolta was also on display. Sporting a factory installed 5.4 liter Corvette engine this car, number 097, was penned by famed Italian designer Giotto Bizzarrini with coach work by Bertone.
Fewer than 100 of these 1972 Alfa Romeo GTA Jr. Stradales were ever produced. They were made for racing in the under 1.3 liter class. With a 1290 cc 110 horse power twin plug dual overhead cam (DOHC) four cylinder engine they obviously had the right build.

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