Prior to WW II, the French produced some of the most beautiful cars ever made. This 1937 Talbot-Lago T 150 SS ranks up with the best of them.
This beauty is a 1941 Packard 180. A Hollywood-based auto designer and fabricator, Howard Darrin, made a name for himself by taking stock vehicles and creating special cars for the wealthy and elite. This is one of the 50 Packards he modified in this configuration and it was called a Victoria. Clark Gable was a big fan of Packards and he bought one of the first Victoria productions. He owned the car for less than a month. He could not drive the car anywhere without being mobbed by fans grabbing at him. Clark was a consummate mechanic himself and he thought that the Darrin Victoria was not up to his quality expectations as far as the conversion work was considered. In his brief ownership period, he had one of the doors fly open during aggressive cornering.