Riding In Style
As an unrepentant gear head, I love just about anything that has wheels and a motor. There's something about cars from the 30's and 40's, however, that really grab my attention. The cars you see here are classics of their time. I've spoken to these brands before, so no details of subsequence this time. I will note, though, that many cars of that era, particularly the expensive stuff, had a penchant for COLOR....they sure weren't all black, ala Ford.
This is a 1931 Auburn Boattail Speedster, Model 8-98. Auburn produced some of the most beautiful cars of all time. They were also very mechanically innovative.
This is a 1930 Packard 734. Many of the Hollywood breed flocked to the Packard line of cars. Clark Gable was a consummate gear head.....and a highly regarded mechanic, as well. He probably owned more Packards , during those times, than any other brand. But the list of cars he owned and drove in his lifetime is exhaustive.
Behold a truly remarkable auto. This is a 1932 Alfa Romero 8C-2300. Some of a limited production of this car were sold as road-going, touring cars for the wealthy. They would be appropriately addressed in the interior treatment and softened up for street use. The 8C-2300 made its mark, however, as one of the most successful race cars ever....when viewed in a comparative perspective. Some of you car guys may notice that a Ferrari prancing horse logo is apparent on the hood of this racing version Alfa Romero. In the case of this car, all the race preparation was done by Scuderia Ferrari, so their logo is appropriate. Incidentally, an 8C-2300 recently sold at auction for close to 12 million dollars.