Thursday, June 29, 2017

Later Pre-War Classics At the Concours

The late Pre-War Classic class at this year's Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance represents those Classic Car Club of America cars made between 1935 and 1948. Included in this class is a 1936 Pierce Arrow 1601 Sedan. Only 45 of the 320 ever built are still in existence.
Gordon Buehrig is responsible for the innovative design of this brilliant 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. These were the first American cars built with front wheel drive and an independent suspension.
A 1937 Packard Twelve 1707 Formal Sedan was also on the Ault Park lawn. The name partly comes from its engine, a 473 cubic inch, side valve V 12 which produced 175 horse power.
Taking both Best in Class and Best of Show is this 1938 Delahaye 135MS Coupe Figoni et Falaschi. The last part of the name is for the makers of the gorgeous coach work. This car was hidden away during World War II and not found until 1968.

There was also a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet on display. Of the 350 of these cars originally manufactured only 30 still exist.
Looking quite similar is this 1940 Lincoln Continental convertible. This was the first year for the Continental with only 404 being built. All but 54 were convertibles. This is one of only 60 believed to still exist.
Finally here is a 1937 Packard 1508 Twelve LeBaron All Weather Town Car. It's the only one known to exist. This is the only one known to exist. It is a past winner of the CCCA Senior Award at Pebble Beach.

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