Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pre-War Classics At the Concours

The Pre-War Classics as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), those dating from 1925 through 1934 presented a fine class collection at this year's 40th Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance.Included in this group was a beautiful 1929 Duesenberg J LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton. Fewer than 300 were built. You could buy 40 Model A Fords for the cost of this car.
This 1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton came at the tail end of the Cord years. As such, it had a spectacular design by Gordon Buehrig and sported the muscular 280 cubic inch, 115 horse power eight cylinder Lycoming engine.
A 1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Liter Drophead Coupe was a fairly early example from the marquee after it was taken over by Rolls Royce. With coach work by Park-Ward Ltd., it was powered by a 3.5 liter inline six engine.
A slightly larger 3.7 liter inline six engine was used in this 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Saloon. This example was "clothed" by Gurney Nutting.
On the domestic side is this 1935 Packard 1208 Convertible Sedan. This is one of only 33 extended chassis examples that was bodied by Dietrich. It is powered by the huge 445 cubic inch Packard V 12 (more commonly called a Twin Six at the time) engine that pushed 175 horse power.
Another Packard "dressed" by Dietrich is this 1931 840 Convertible Sedan. Originally owned by King Gustov of Sweden this is one of only three over made and one of only two still in existence. It got 120 horse power from its 385 cubic inch straight eight engine.
The winner of both Best in Class and Esprit de Show is this 1935 Delahaye 135 M Competition. A 3557 cc inline six engine sits under the hood.

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