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gpcp1
gpcp1 New Reader
10/29/20 6:43 p.m.

1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Coupe, Lebaron

Donald Bernstein

Clarks Summit, PA

From the Radnor Hunt Concours.

American Antique 1932-48 

Walter Chrysler entered the fine car market in 1931 with the luxurious Imperial. Unfortunately, by the time the Ralph Roberts-styled Imperial came to market, the demand for high-end automobiles had all but disappeared. As such, Chrysler built only about 220 CL Imperials for the 1932 model year of which just 28 were fitted with the convertible coupe body. This car was originally delivered new in Portland, Oregon and is fitted with a body by LeBaron – the coachbuilding firm founded in 1924 by Thomas Hibbard and Raymond Dietrich. Power is supplied by a “Red Head” 135hp 385cid in-line eight-cylinder engine. Restoration was completed in the mid-2000’s.

gpcp1
gpcp1 New Reader
10/29/20 6:52 p.m.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2

Irwin Kroiz

Ambler, PA

From the Radnor Hunt Concours

RaceCars 1946-1962

Jerome Earl, son of GM Styling Chief Harley Earl was racing a Ferrari in 1956. Earl was advised by GM’s top brass that it didn’t look good that his son was racing a non-General Motors vehicle – he should be racing a Corvette. The elder Earl told his son to sell the Ferrari and that he would build him a special racing Corvette. The SR-2 is that car and the first purpose-built and factory-sponsored Corvette race car. 

 

In November 1957, the SR-2 was entered in the Nassau, Bahamas race by Jerome Earl and Bill France while driven by Curtis Turner. The SR-2 won the Memorial GT race. In addition to Earl, it was successfully raced by Dr. Dick Thompson “The Flying Dentist”, John Fitch, Bud Gates, and Jim Jeffords winning the 1958 SCCA National Championship. Under the hood is a 420hp 331cid fuel-injected V-8 and prototype 4-speed manual transmission. 

Photo credit, Bill Rothermel, Ken Visser photography

DeLeonPatty
DeLeonPatty
10/29/20 7:10 p.m.

1958 Zundapp R203 Bella Scooter
Owned by Patty Schwarze  De Leon Springs,  FL
Motorcycle Class

German manufacturer Zündapp made scooters from 1953 to 1964. Approximately 130,000 Bella scooters were sold with one of two engine sizes:  150cc or 198cc. This bike has a single cylinder, 198cc two stroke motor, four speeds and is capable of speeds up to 58mph. 

The 12-inch cast aluminum wheels and Earles-type leading link fork, with a shock absorber on the left side, made for a much smooter ride than many other popular scooters of the time. The scooter came equipped with electric start, powered by two 6 V batteries.  Passenger foot rests hinge up, into the body of the bike, when not in use.

This bike was restored to its orignal metalic blue here in the US after being imported from Sweden.

 

 

 

Lowpad
Lowpad New Reader
10/29/20 8:20 p.m.

1966 Mercedes 230SL Coupe / Roadster

Lowell Paddock, New Preston CT

Mercedes Class

I had wanted to buy a Pagoda for many years and decided to search in earnest when I moved to the Frankfurt area in 1998 to work for Opel.  After many months of looking at cars around Europe, I found this example at the Essen Motor Show in 1999.  Orginally owned by a French school teacher who was seasonally posted to Madagascar and stored the car at the French Mercedes distributor Royal Elysées while traveling, it was purchased in 1978 by another French teacher based in Claremont, California, and spent the rest of its life there until my purchase.  I decided to undertake a nearly full restoration by Mainz-based Mercedes specialist Walter Pusch, rebuilding the engine and suspension and refinishing the body in its original Weissgrau (white grey) shade.  The interior, clothed in hardy MB-Tex, is largely original, though the seats were rebuilt with new springs and padding, but still retain their original covers.  The rear taillamps have since been replaced with extremely rare French-market versions, which feature amber reversing lamps.  The car won its class at the 2018 Lime Rock Sunday in the Park Concours. 

Ron Gordon
Ron Gordon
10/29/20 8:38 p.m.

1956 Triumph TR3

Ron Gordon

Monrovia, MD

Preservation Class

My 1956 TR3 was purchased new on May 11, 1956 from the Walter Hagen & Co. GMBH Standard Triumph distributor in Stuttgart, Germany by a US Army officer. The TR was ordered as US spec in BRG with brown leather interior, occasional leather rear seat, overdrive, heater and tonneau cover ($2160). The car was shipped to Washington, DC in Sept 1956 and lovingly cared for by the original owner until being sold to a good friend in the Spring of 1986. Soon after my friend and his family relocated to Colorado Springs with the TR. He realized the TR3 was special and took great pains to preserve its originality. Upon my friend’s untimely passing family graciously decided that I should be the next custodian of the TR. In the summer of 2018 we shipped the TR back to Maryland.

The TR had not been driven in several years and with the help of my sons we set about the goal of getting the TR to the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We rebuild the brake and clutch hydraulics. The engine was seized but after removing the head it was some minor ‘gunk” in the cylinders. We removed/cleaned/coated the gas tank and rebuilt the carbs and fuel pump. We completed the work two days before Hershey.

The TR3 still wears the original paint, chrome, interior, carpet, side curtains, top and tool roll The car is numbers matching will the original components and wiring in place

The TR3 achieved a AACA Historic Preservation of Features (HPOF) Award in 2018 and the AACA Original Award in 2019.

Lowpad
Lowpad New Reader
10/29/20 8:48 p.m.

1974 BMW CS 3.0

Lowell Paddock / New Preston, CT

BMW Class

I purchased this E9 in 2004 while working in Germany.  It is a German-market car, originally delivered in the Frankfurt area and had three previous owners in the Rhein-Main region before I brought it to the US in 2018.  This 4-speed example is highly original, having traveled only a documented 55,000km and was routinely de-registered during the winter months.  It has a black vinyl interior, a relatively rare option for a European E9 as most were delivered with velour interiors.  It was repainted in its original Polaris Silver color at some point during its prior ownership.  It won the German car class at the Greenwich Concours in 2019.  

 

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OGquattro
OGquattro
10/29/20 9:04 p.m.
  • Car: 1986 Audi 4000 CS quattro 
  • Owner: Kyle Saenz
  • Location: Winchester, Virginia 
  • Proposed Class: Cars of the 80's & 90's
  • Details: I purchased the car a few hours north in Pennsylvania after seeing it for sale for the better part of 6 months. It had a lot of work done already including an engine swap from a 1991 Audi 200 20v. Unfortunately it had been parked for a few years and was not running well with a lot of issues that I think turned off most prospective buyers. I took the plunge and within a year I was doing a full rebuild of the engine with forged internals and many other high performance parts. All of the work on the car from the engine rebuild and tuning to the gauge cluster, I have done myself. The car is now making about 450hp and I couldn't be happier with it! This is my forever car. 

BMWpete
BMWpete New Reader
10/29/20 9:27 p.m.

1971 BMW CSL.

Peter Gleeson 

The car sits with its Motorsport brothers and sisters in Seattle WA. 

Class = Classic BMWs 

Many know the story on BMWs Motorsport department and how it started in 1972.  The 3.0CSL was definitely its first foray into its claimed intentions, namely Motorsport. But just before the start of Motorsport BMW themselves in conjunction with Alpina took a 3.0CS and created a lightweight CS, this car became what is known as the 3.0 CSL today.  Upon BMW taking Alpina’s ideas for a lightweight CS, production started in 1971 with BMW making the first 169 carbureted CSL’s, these were the Ultra-lightwieghts as they have since become known.  The weight saving was dramatic some 440lbs shaved from a 3000lb car, not all CSL's are this light, but the first 169 were. 

Loved by race teams of the day, the initial production was quickly snapped up, understanding of course there was still no official Motorsport cars in 1971.  This car was amongst the first handful made by BMW and was delivered new to the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT)  who had Alpina work their magic on it, in fact when this car raced Alpina Mechanics served as the race team mechanics for the DNRT in all its racing years.

This car was the first car to appear at a race track (Zandvoort) as a CSL on April 3rd 1972, the DNRT believed BMW was going to achieve homologation on April 1st 1972, this hadn’t happened, so this car was turned away by the scrutineers. It did in fact race 3 weeks later as a CS and in fact because this car was turned away on the 3rd April, every CSL raced as a CS though-out the 72 season until homologation was achieved for CSL's Jan 1st 1973.  

I have added a picture with its racing history to shorten this note, but for the judges information, the car raced in its delivered Colorado Orange in 1972, Canon Copiers in 1973, Marlboro in 1974 and Levi as you see today in 1975 where it won the Dutch Championship.  

When it finished racing at the end of 1975, it was acquired by Ben Huisman himself a famous Dutch racer and team owner, from Ben Huisman it went to Frits Van Eerd and his race car collection.  Frits today runs the Dutch racing team that competes at Le Mans etc with the Jumbo livery.  As this was an extremely important Dutch race car Frits had it restored to its 1975 winning livery, with extreme attention to detail, including meticulously measuring the paint apllication, as can bee seen with original fender extensions (too badly damged to use) on back wall behind car .  I acquired this for my own collection directly from Frits about nine years ago . 

This car is such an important Dutch racing car that upon its most famous driver (Huub Vermuelen) being knighted just a few years ago by the Dutch Royals, Huub was also presented with an oil pianting of this very car - in a 50 year career racing it says a lot for both Huub and his connection to this one car. 

First picture is from its championship year 1975 in Levi livery

As it is today

 

 

 

Chassis stampings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes they used a Volvo cap :-) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race History 

 

That first day entered as a CSL in 1972 and truned away by scrutineeers 

1973 Canon Livery

 

1974 In Marlboro livery 

KLCC
KLCC
10/29/20 11:01 p.m.

1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe  "Swifty"

Karra L. Canum

San Jose, California

Proposed class: Sports & GT Cars (1946-1959) 

While attending college in New England in the early '80s I was invited to an afternoon fundraiser at the home of Lucie Cunningham McKinney-- the daughter of Briggs Swift Cunningham. And there I saw the most beautiful car I had ever seen!

Years later I discovered that the car was a Cunningham C-3. Designed by Michelotti, with coachbuilt body by Vignale and a Chrysler FirePower hemi V8 engine-- I sought my own C-3 for years and finally acquired this car in 2015.

Swifty is the 5th of only 19 C-3 coupes produced.  A BS Cunningham Co. factory demonstrator, VIN #5210 (Work Order #18) is recognized for its originality by Cunningham biographer Richard Harman. The car retains its original hemi V8 engine, custom Cunningham manifold and original fluid-matic transmission-- the first in a Cunningham car.

Restored between 2004 and 2007, I further refreshed the paint and interior and fitted correct custom luggage in 2017. Swifty has been toured and exhibited extensively-- including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the Greenwich Concours Cunningham Reunion-- and is the recipient of numerous awards.

 

 

BMWpete
BMWpete New Reader
10/29/20 11:09 p.m.

In reply to KLCC :

Another absolute beauty Karra, congrats and good luck 

Peter 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 5:31 a.m.

Car: 1917 Locomobile 48 Type M Series 7

Owner(s): John and Mary McAlpin

Location: Naples, NY, USA

Proposed Class(es): American Antique

Details:

Research points to J. Frank deCausse, a stylist known for his work with the renowned Kellner studio of Paris, being the designer of the world’s first dual-cowl, or dualwindshield, body-style cars. The first of this kind was built under his direction at Farnham-Nelson coachbuilders in Boston in 1916, and placed on a Locomobile 48 chassis. That car no longer exists. However, factory records also show this chassis was delivered to a Boston Locomobile dealer May 12, 1917, for transfer to Farnham-Nelson under commission by Louis K. Liggett, founder of the Rexall pharmacy empire. This 1917 dual-cowl was designed with a cape top and a removable tarp which attaches from the front windshield to the rear of the cape top. There were 97,000 miles on this car before the owner started his 18-year nut-and-bolt restoration. Three examples of this style of car are known to exist, a 1919 in California; and a 1920 in Batavia, Illinois. This car thus may be the oldest existing car in this style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 5:48 a.m.

Car: 1927 Duesenberg Model Y

Owner(s): Bob Becker,

Location: Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada

Proposed Class(es): American Antique

Details:

This car is the most significant Duesenberg in private ownership, and is the prototype to the greatest American automobile ever made, the Duesenberg Model J. The 1927 Duesenberg Model Y shown today is the creation of E.L. Cord himself, along with the genius of Fred Duesenberg. The brilliant automotive stylist Alan Leamy penned this incredible timeless design under the guidance of E. L. Cord and Fred Duesenberg, which was carried forward to the Mighty Model J. This car was driven by Cord and both Duesenberg brothers as a prototype to refine the final design and engineering for the Model J. Owned by the ACD company until 1932, when it was sold to August Duesenberg to destroy the chassis, it’s a miracle it has survived in its complete bodied form. The Beckers are the fourth family to own this vehicle, and purchased it from an Alabama-based prior owner who’d had it for 60 years. Pictured and referenced in all the Duesenberg books, it is a time capsule into early prototype designs which still hold the fingerprints of August Duesenberg from 1932. There are many unique one-off design features to this amazing automobile, starting with the first iteration Alan Leamy design of the front bumper. Mr. Becker finds it a true pleasure to be the caretaker of this extremely historically significant Duesenberg for many years to come.

 

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 5:57 a.m.

Car: 1928 ISOTTA FRASHINI 8 A SS

Owner(s): PETER T. BOYLE,

Location: OIL CITY, PA USA

Proposed Class(es): European Coachwork (Pre War)

Details:

This chassis was built in Italy in 1928 and was delivered to Lebaron Coach Builders in the U. S. Lebaron produced this convertible coupe boat tail with a single seat rumble seat. The car is equipped with the 8a ss engine and a super eight of a 160 horse power, (standard horse power was 120hp). Introduced at the New York auto show in 1928 the Isotta was purchased by Harry Williams, an aviation pioneer and his wife Marguerite Clark, a silent movie star from Patterson, Louisiana. Harry Williams was an adventurer and liked things fast. As the curator of the Harry Williams museum in Patterson, Louisiana explained: Harry was driving the Isotta through the Louisiana country side and was stopped in a small town for speeding. He was taken down to the court house to pay the fine, which was $10.00. Harry said “okay, here is $20.00. I will be back through town later and don’t bother me.” 2007 was the first time the car was shown in public since the 1930’s. This car only has 22,000 original miles and was previously owned by collector Jim Thomas of Florida since the 1960’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 6:10 a.m.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (Gullwing)

 

Owner Bob Torre

 

Proposed class: Mercedes

 

 

This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” went into storage in 1975 and remained there until 2018. Apart from a mechanical refreshment, it appears exactly as it did after being hidden away for over 40 years.

 

Text from Sean Smith (photographer)

 

When we last spoke of Randy, Bob and R&R Restorations we mentioned soon after they opened the shop they were told of a unicorn, A Mercedes that had been in a building for many years. It wasn’t clear as to what type of Mercedes it was. It was from the 50s. Was it a 190 SL, was it a 300D, was it a 300SC, could it be another 300SL roadster?

First they were told it was in a body shop in pieces, then they were told it’s at the owner’s house, finally, it came out it was at the owner’s business. When they arrived at Double Z Motors in Fishkill they discovered it was a true unicorn, it was a 1955 300SL Gullwing that had been sitting in the building since 1974.

 

Peter Zalys was a senior in high school when he and his dad got the car. His father owned an automotive breaking yard, but had a love of exotics and had rebuilt a number of them through the years.

Peter came across a minuscule ad in the New York Times offering a Gullwing for $7,000.00 a hefty sum for a used car at the time, but it was a Gullwing. Pete and his dad drove up to Albany to take a look. Of course when they got there they fell in love and the Mercedes came home with them.

It became Peter’s daily driver, but no one at school really noticed the old car he was driving. His classmates were into their Camaros and Mustangs.

Pete went off to college and had to park his Gullwing on the street, as freshmen were not allowed to have a car on campus. It became a hassle and then the injection pump started to run rich and then there was the problem of having to open the door to pay the toll on the Tappan Zee bridge. The 300SL got put away in favor of more practical transportation and to take care of the mechanicals at a later date.

And then life happened.

The shop moved from another location and the Mercedes got put on a lift in the new building had a car cover from a Corvette thrown over it and up it went, to sit for decades.

Peter always thought he would get to his 300SL, but all sorts of other projects seemed to get in the way or come first.

Then Peter had some heart issues. He had a discussion with his wife and they decided it was time to move the Gullwing on.

But Peter didn’t want just anyone to have the car he had loved and had so much respect for all those year it had to be the right person. He didn’t want someone to snatch it up just to flip it for a quick profit and he didn’t want to see it end up in an auction going to the highest bidder.

When Torre, his son Robert and Randy arrived at Double Z, Peter very nonchalantly told them the car was in the back of the building. Bob sat and talked to Peter as Randy looked over the car. If you looked past the flaking paint and the few bumps and bruises it had accumulated over its life it was an extremely solid car that had never been apart, it was a true survivor.

Torre explained to Peter what he hoped to do with the car at his shop. He wanted to bring it back to life, but not do a full-blown restoration. he wanted to preserve the hard-earned patina and make it a driving machine. And he had wanted a Gullwing for so, so long there was no chance in hell he would ever sell it.

Peter could sense that Torre was sincere and was going to love and respect the Mercedes as he had and was going to be able to breathe life back into the car and do what Peter was hoping to do for so many years. They shook hands and a deal was made.

The day came when the Gullwing would see the light of day after more than 4 decades. Amazingly the tires still held air and the brakes weren’t frozen. It came off the lift and was pushed out of the building, it was an amazing contrast to all the carcasses of newer junked cars that it had been surrounded by for so many years.

Next, it was on to a trailer and back to R&R for a closer evaluation. On arrival, Randy hooked a battery up to the car and amazingly the wipers, lights and turn signals all worked. Even the gauges were all in working order. Other than the paint falling off with a little help it would be ready for a new life.

At that point, they started to disassemble what was necessary. The engine was taken out for machining, all rubber hoses that had perished would be replaced. Every inch was gone over, all the electricals and wiring were checked, brakes and brake lines were gone through. In the end, the only things that were replaced were the gas tank, headliner and some carpet and directional signal lenses.

The Gullwing was amazingly original.

One clue as to how early the car was its tach went from 0 to 8000 compared to the later ones that went from 500 to 7000. The Mercedes had one minor flaw. It had a later star in the grill. R&R created a new concave star and new wings surrounding it to have the correct period look. They even kept the old wheel weights and rebalanced the wheels with them.

All this was being done on the side as Randy and Oliver took care of all the customer cars that were coming through the shop. It was then decided that the Gullwing would make its debut at the inaugural 2019 Audrain Motor Week in Newport Rhode Island. If that was not enough two weeks later the Gullwing would participate in a 300 SL Rally, a 1000 plus mile jaunt around the west.

The push was on.

Everything came together and a week before the Concours the engine was being broken in and the first miles the Mercedes would travel in 44 years were covered. They started slowly taking it around the block watching the gauges and bring it back and checking for leaks. The old beast was getting a new lease on life and was responding beautifully. Bob was like a 5-year old at 2 AM on Christmas morning, he wanted to drive the car, but Randy kept him on the break-in schedule.

The Gullwing arrived in Rhode Island with 275 new miles on the clock. It commenced to create a stir everywhere it went around Newport. Even with all the other exotica on the tour, people’s eyes were drawn to the green Gullwing, its personality was shining through, failing paint and all and it performed like the thoroughbred it was. The Mercedes was a favorite on Belleview Avenue. The crowd loved the cars originality, no one thought it should be restored.

The next day at The Breakers the 300SL fit right in on the show field and didn’t look out of place. This was the first year of the Concours and there were no other preservation cars to do battle with so the Gullwing was in the sporting car class 1955 to 1959, there would have been grumbling if it took best in class, but the attendees loved it so much it took home the people’s choice award. A perfect way to end the weekend and the previous year’s odyssey of being brought back to life.

But it’s not over yet. The Gullwing went back to R&R and gone over again for its next adventure the 1,192-mile Mercedes Benz 300 SL Classic through Utah and Arizona.

A trial by fire, maybe, but nothing is stopping this Gullwing now that it has felt sunshine on its roof again. Onward!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 7:33 a.m.

Car: 1929 Willys-Knight

Owner(s): Veron Smith

Location: Swift Current, NL, Canada

Proposed Class(es): American Antique (1900-1932)

Representing Cobble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

 

Details: In 1913, the Willys-Overland was the number two selling automobile in America, just behind Ford. That same year, John North Willys was told by his doctor that he had to take a break from working so hard and suggested he should either go abroad or to a sanitarium. Willys chose Europe. While there, he met Charles Yale Knight. Knight had invented an engine with sleeve valves rather than the usual poppet valves. Willy was not a mechanic or an engineer by any means, but he saw the novelty of the sleeve valve and its promotional possibilities. The sleeve valves were much quieter in operation, but they had the propensity to burn more oil. Ultimately, the poppet valves won out, and beginning in 1914, Willys-Overland produced more Knight-engine cars than virtually all other manufacturers in the world combined. It is believed that this car was introduced at the 1929 New York Automobile Show. It was styled by designer Amos Northup, who was better known for styling the handsome Reo Royale. It was Northup who gave the car its disinvited grid work on the doors, which the New York press labelled “Plaidside,” and the name stuck. Some 400 of the cars were produced, and only 250 had Plaidside. All with bodywork by Griswold of Detroit. An exhaustive restoration was completed in October 2012, prior to the car debuting at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey, where it received its First Junior Award. It has gone on to win several prestigious awards including the AACA President’s Cup, one of the organisation’s most prestigious national honours, Best American Open Car at The Elegance at Hershey, Best in Class at the Hilton Head Concours and Best in Class and the Founder’s Trophy at the Ault Park Concours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 7:41 a.m.

Car: 1938 Delahaye 135mS Coupe

Owner(s): Robert S. Jepson, JR.,

Location: Savannah, GA, USA

Proposed Class(es): European Coachwork (pre war)

 

Representing the Cobble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

Details:

This 1938 Delahaye 135MS Coupe was featured at the 1938 Paris Salon, where it represented Figoni & Falaschi’s contribution to auto design in that year. The car is equipped with the larger 160-horsepower MS racing engine, with a Cotal electro-mechanical four-speed gearbox. The 114-inch chassis features fully independent front suspension, with quarter-elliptic rear leaf springs and four-wheel Bendix drum brakes. In its day, this automobile was one of a rare few that were capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, with superb handling performance. The teardrop Delahayes of the 1930s are renowned for the beauty of their design, their engineering, and their superb road handling. They were more often than not in the winners’ circles of the great Grands Prix of Europe. Even today, the Delahayes are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who long to own the finest in vintage automobiles. The original purchaser of this car first saw it at the 1938 Paris Auto Show where it was the star. The owner drove this car for 3 months post Auto Show, realized the Germans were coming into France and proceeded to build it into his house where it remained hidden for 27 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 7:51 a.m.

Car: 1987 Lotus 99T/5 driven by Ayrton Senna

Owner(s): William Halkiw

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Proposed Class(es): Race Cars (1973-1989)

Representing the Cobble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

Details:

On May 1st, 1994, at 12:17 PM, while leading the Formula 1 Grand Prix in San Marino against the likes of Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill, the life of Ayrton Senna, arguably the greatest F1 driver in history, ended suddenly after his 1994 Williams FW16 crashed into a concrete wall. His tragic death shocked not only the racing world, but the world at large, and especially his native Brazil, where he was hailed as a national hero. Senna’s climb to F1 legendary status commenced in 1984, when he was recruited as a rookie driver with Tolman-Hart, and the following year, on April 21th, 1985, he won his first F1 race in Portugal, under his new sponsor Lotus-Renault. He subsequently went on to capture three F1 Championship titles in 1988, 1990, and 1991. 1987 was a pivotal year for both Senna and the Lotus F1 team. Lotus had joined forces with Honda, and working with designer Gerard Ducarouge created the 99T, regarded as amongst the best-handling F1 cars in existence – given its revolutionary Lotus Active Suspension – as well as one of the fastest cars on the F1 circuit, especially in the hands of Senna. The car was capable of achieving speeds of 340 km/h with its Honda Twin-Turbo V-6 engine, which put out a maximum 800 brake horsepower. The Camel sponsorship livery was also new in 1987, featuring the legendary race car in bright Lotus yellow with rich blue lettering. Only six examples of the 99T were created for the 1987 F1 season, which marked the last time that a Lotus achieved an F1 podium finish. In fact, the 99T won at both Monaco and Detroit, and achieved another six podium finishes that year, a feat never to be repeated thereafter in F1 by a Lotus.

Senna and Lotus achieved a third-place finish in the World Drivers’ Championship and the Constructors’ Championship for 1987, which represented the best performance for Senna in his racing career to that point, and paved the way to his 1988 F1 World 117 Championship title with McLaren.

This 1987 Lotus 99T/5 was driven exactly 2,929.9 miles by Senna as a test car, a qualifying car, and a competing race car throughout the 1987 F1 season in 10 separate campaigns, commencing in Nogaro, France on May 7, 1987, and ending in Zeltweg, Austria on October 2, 1987. 99T/5 was the car that qualified Senna for his Detroit victory on June 20, 1987 and the car that he drove to a third-place finish in Hockenheim, Germany on July 26, 1987. After being driven its final mile by Senna in Zeltweg on October 2, 1987, 99T/5 was retired—never to be driven again since that day, and thereby preserved as

a virtual time capsule for the past 29 years. Following the 1987 season, Classic Team Lotus sold the car to Dragon Packaging out of the UK, then bought the car back in 1995, then in 1999 sold the car to Peter Ratcliffe, a highly regarded British race car driver and founder of the renowned F1 collectors company “Legends In Time.” Ratcliffe amassed a comprehensive history file on the car, which included rare photographs, engineering notes, and other original historic documentation on a race-by-race basis.

A few years later, Ratcliffe sold the car to an F1 enthusiast who has requested that his identity remain anonymous. He is domiciled in both Japan and the US, and discretely kept the car in his garage in his US home just outside of Chicago during the entire course of his ownership.

In the spring of 2016, the car was purchased by its present owner, Toronto collector William Halkiw, who remains both honoured yet humbled to be the custodian of such an extraordinary piece of automotive/F1 history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Woelffer
Kirk Woelffer New Reader
10/30/20 8:15 a.m.

1983 Porsche 944  

Kirk Woelffer, Raleigh NC

Cars of Porsche

I grew up in the 80's, and my dad had two Porsche 924's, both green.  They were awesome!  For my eleventh birthday party, my dad drove myself and four buddies to McDonalds for ice-cream cones.  Two of us rode in the hatch!!

So, as a grownup in 2017, it was time to go back to the 80's!  I found this 1983 Pasadena Yellow 944 with the second owner in Pennsylvania, and I had to take a look.  Needless to say, it was love at first sight!  Just sitting in it took me back to my eleventh birthday, probably because it is a bone-stock time capsule.  However, it does have a rear turbo valance that the original owner put on it.  Didn't everyone want a TURBO in the 80's?!  LOL!!  Surely, he couldn't resist the urge. :)

My childhood dream arrived by truck a few weeks later.  I jumped right in.  It was perfect!  My daughters buckled up in the backseat (safety first!), and we drove off to Dunkin Donuts for a snack. 

The trip was not to McDonalds, and it was not bouncing around in the hatch, but it was close enough, and it was totally awesome! :)

DOwen
DOwen New Reader
10/30/20 8:59 a.m.

1959 Kellison J-4R Coupe

Denton E. Owen

Hudson, MA

Race Cars (1946-1962)

The Kellison J-4R was the brainchild of Jim Kellison who founded Kellison Engineering of SoCal and became one of the premier manufacturers of Fiberglass cars in the United States. The J-4 was his first production car and would be offered in turn key form for $6,700, more than $2000 over the price of a new Corvette. Aquired this Kellison at Monterey in 2019.  It was purchased new by SCCA executive director Don Rodimer and he would keep the car until his death, at which time it would pass to well-known racer and tour organizer, Rich Taylor, in 1985. This J-4R originally featured a Chevy Small Block 283 and was updated in the mid-eighties to a Chevy Small Bock 406 mated to a 4-Speed Manual Close Ratio "Rock Crusher" Transmission. It was also retrofitted with four wheel disc brakes. Under its current configuration, the dynameter results have shown 497hp at the flywheel, and 463 ft/lbs of torque at 4500 rpm. Number "71" has a full SVRA Group 4 logbook and has been widely raced in both North and South America, including a Vintage Grand Prix in the Bahamas.

Video: Warming up at Thompson Speedway October 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QIDMBRSNZQ

 

Healey100m
Healey100m None
10/30/20 9:00 a.m.

1956 Austin-Healey 100, BN2

Sports & GT Cars (1946-1959)

Owner:  Tim Flaherty

Alexandria, VA

Purchased in 1975 as a well used but functioning car for $1,300.00. Maintained a "rolling restoration" sorting and rebuilding most components over the next 20 years. During that time it was driven over 100,000 miles locally and to most Healey events around the country including Florida, Canada, Boston, Breckenridge, Yellowstone and most East Coast race tracks while crewing for another 100 vintage racing. Completely restored from '95 to '05 including suspension and drive train modifications well beyond M specs. Enjoyed as much as possible clocking 12,000 miles since then. Participant in the 2019 Old Town Festival of Speed and Style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

gecarroll
gecarroll
10/30/20 9:31 a.m.

CAR: 1937 BMW 328 Roadster

OWNER:  Lothar Schuettler

LOCATION:  Darnestown, MD

PROPOSED CLASS:  Pre-war sports cars

DETAILS:  I purchased the 328, #85014, in SC in 2004, acquiring a chassie and several boxes of parts. As it was immediately apparent that all vital parts for a total authentic restoration were there I quickly set about disassembling every part down to the bare frame.  I refurbished original parts and fabricated parts when necessary, even using wood from a cherry tree cut down on my property and cured in my pond to make pieces for the wood frame.  It took five years but the reward came when it won Best in Show at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance and Best in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Huschke von Hanstein, the famous German race car driver and original owner, would have been pleased. 

gpcp1
gpcp1 New Reader
10/30/20 9:49 a.m.

1972 Porsche 916

Steve Adler, NJ

Built or designed by Karmann

From the Radnor Hunt Concours

One of ten 916s produced, originally delivered to Louise Piëch, sister of Ferdinand Piëch. The 916 was based on a 914/6 platform, modified at Baur coachworks. A welded steel roof, chassis and suspension reinforcements and welded steel flares from the 914/GT race cars. Front and rear fiberglass bumpers and standard driving lights complete the exterior. The engine is a 2.7 Liter Carrera , developing 210 HP. This car has a unique leather and corduroy interior.

Photos courtesy of RM Auctions, Jasen Delgado and Bill Rothermel

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 11:18 a.m.

1929 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Shooting Break GEN 36

Owner: John B. Carey

San Jose, Ca.

Proposed Class: European Coachwork (Pre War)

A shooting break is the term used in the UK for a sporting utility vehicle to support hunting activities. Such a vehicle is popular the world over and is sometimes referred to as a "Woodie", "Depot Hack", or "Station Wagon" This example has undergone an 8-year ground up total restoration in the owner’s home shop. Probably the most coveted award (of many) was the "Best Personal Restoration" at the Rolls-Royce National meet in 2018.

This model features an inline 6 cylinder with 4 speed transmission and 4-wheel servo assisted brakes as well as duel side mount spares and fold out windscreen. It is a very quiet and dependable car that is loved in the "homeland".

 

 

 

millerleft
millerleft New Reader
10/30/20 11:41 a.m.

1960 La Dawri Sebring                                                                                                                                                                                                    Owner:Steve Miller                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ormond Beach, Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                 Class: At the Beach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This Sebring was discovered in a warehouse in Rockledge,Illinois in 2012 where it had slumbered since 1975. The LaDawri company was at one point the largest supplier of fiberglass bodies in the country only to be out of business by 1965 due to a workplace fire. This example,one of only 4 known to exist,was originally built by an unknown enthusiast on a 1956 VW pan. Restored in my driveway to a driver standard to pay respect to the way it might have orginally been built back in the day with hand tools and shadetree mechanical knowledge. After my work the car was awarded the Pixar pictures award for"car most likely to be in a movie" at the 2019 Amelia Island Cars and Coffee. Subsequently featured in the 2019 Fall edition of "ReinCARnation magazine.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/30/20 11:42 a.m.

Car: 1931 McLaughlin Buick Model 64 sport roadster

Owner(s): Rosemary McLeese

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Proposed Class(es): American Antique

Representing: Cobble Beach Concours d' Elegance

Details:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwQ1WnbWbl0&feature=emb_title

 

https://driving.ca/buick/column/collector-classics/the-pandemic-turned-this-years-cobble-beach-concours-into-a-one-car-show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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