have you ever seen one of these ? I am not sure that I have, pretty cool and rare car.
have you ever seen one of these ? I am not sure that I have, pretty cool and rare car.
Barris Custom ? Thats what the seller claims, cool looking ride for sure.
1951 Motor Trend Cover Car/Convertible of the Year what more do you need to say. Awesome !
1932 Ford/1951 Motor Trend Cover Car/Convertible of the Year
A T T E N T I O N – Museums & Collectors of Exotic, Historic Cars.
The car that you see before you is one of the most famous, post war sport customs ever made. It appeared as the only car on the cover of a issue of Motor Trend 1951. It was also voted by Motor Trend as the Convertible of the Year. It is hard to find a car with more history.
It is also necessary to understand that after World War II when the G.I.’s returned from the war they had experienced the European sports cars. To quote Joe Bortz, ‘there was nothing like a 2-seater car being produced in Detroit so the customizers, rather then just producing the pre-war 4-passenger custom cars decided to make their own two-seater sports customs”. These were two-seater cars that would have special customized coachwork body by the customizer.
This car was produced by a shop in California in 1950 and received many awards and great notoriety in the early 1950’s. It is interesting to note that the car has only been in one family for 60 years. It is the seller’s hope that this car finds its way into the hands of somebody who will appreciate the historic significance of this car.
The seller describes the car so eloquently so we have decided to present you with story of the seller’s family legacy.
Excerpts from the seller’s comments:
This Historic hand-built Hot Rod was restored after many years. Hot Rods were born in L.A., and the ‘40’s was the beginning when young car designers first began to imagine bigger, better, faster, flashier, louder, truly custom cars.
The seller’s great-grandfather was one of those dreamers, those engineers, the artists who turned their energies and talents into leaving some scorched Southland pavement behind them. He built the car for speed and raced all over Southern California, on the tracks and on the streets as well. The original builder of this car was known around the Valley for his reckless abandon and living life large.
The dream was to create a car that no one else had ever seen. Something that would have the builder’s personal signature of pure perfection that included the best of everything…and then this car was born from that dream.
The entire body of the car was hand-crafted, top to bottom, stem to stern, including the louvered hood by the builder with the help of his son. The parts of the car came from what he deemed the best: Zephyr clutch, Kong ignition, 1948 Mercury Flat Heat motor, ’32 Ford chassis, Eddie Meyer dual manifold and Meyer heads, plus a whole lot more. A ’48 Buick contributed a fender and lights, a ’48 Lincoln donated another fender and skirts, a ’50 Olds chipped in the taillights, and even Cadillac came to the party – offering up the grille work. Altogether, 14 different cars and over 16 custom parts make up this one-of-a-kind Hot Rod.
A big catalyst for this sports custom was its ¾ grind camshaft, and the customized ignition (using Charles Kong manual advance). Ironically, given the fact that this machine contained so many state-of-the-art features, its construction was charmingly low-tech – the hammer, the bare hands, and a supporting cast of sandbags were mainstays of his concrete-floor horse-carriage shop. The father and son team labored away in hundred-degree heat but didn’t seem to notice.
Yet despite its design for speed, the car did carry its muscle-car weight: they welded the frame using 3/8” pipe, and the body came from 19-gauge sheet steel. How such a hulk (sporting a 100” wheelbase) could leap (rather than merely lumber) to such speeds, in today’s weight-conscious world, boggles the mind.
Many, including Robert E. “Peter” Petersen, saw the builder as a pioneer and deemed this sports custom car as the pinnacle of the coach-built, custom hotrod creations of the day. The car that turned out so stunning that Petersen declared it the Convertible of the Year for 1951, and featured it on the cover of his fledgling Motor Trend Magazine launched scarcely two years before.
This amazing machine appeared in local LA car shows and the Holywood Santa Claus Lane Parade. “Pete” Petersen himself drove the car in the Christmas parade for many years. And every Friday at the local drive-ins, this sports custom was a favorite of all the car hops all over the valley. A few years later when the builder endured a tragic death the grief stricken family his the car into storage where it was never seen again.
The car was passed onto the seller and described the thrill of riding in the custom coach with the copper dash, and a three on the tree! After 30 years in storage it was a mess and had to be pushed onto a flatbed trailer. With the help with one of the best restorers the car was brought back to its former glory. The bright red body coat instantly grabs your attention and then a thousand other details keep on drawing you in.
This custom was built with passion and restored out of love.
The opportunity to own an amazing historic custom car with this car’s provenance is an extremely rare opportunity for any museum or exotic car collection or a rare custom car collector. Opportunity Knocks with this great custom!
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 SS Cabriolet by Pininfarina FOR SALE HERE
This is a rare Alfa, very collectable. I have seen them sell for upwards of $300,000
Introduced in 1938, the 2500 (2443 cc) was the last 6C road car. World War II was coming and car development was stopped, but a few hundred 6C 2500s were built from 1940-1945. Postwar, the first new Alfa model was the 1946 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro (Golden Arrow), of which 680 were built through 1951, with bodyes by Alfa. It was sold to wealthy customers like King Farouk, Alì Khan, Rita Hayworth, Tyrone Power, and Prince Rainier. The last 6C was produced in 1952, and was replaced by the 1900.
This stunning SS Pininfarina Cabriolet has covered just 19,000 Kilometers from new and was in the ownership of a single family until we acquired the car last summer. We campaigned the car immediately at the National Alfa Meet where it received the coveted Pat Braden Award, the car was also shown at Meadowbrook, The Glenmoor Gathering, Auto Historica V in Chicago, and The Masterpiece Concours in Milwaukee. Sporting some possible later 50′s period modifications like the Stainless exterior exhaust, air horns, and a nice interestingly period vinyl interior, the car was repainted, had the Borranis restored, and received a new top in the 90′s. The restorer swears there are numbers on the side vents that match the cars numbers, so those could be original. The car is titled as a 1951, although Anselmis book indicates it as a 1949 build car with delivery to the Rome Alfa Dealer. The correct Factory stateside sealed beam headlamps have recently been covered with the correct lenses, but we only put these on for shows given their value and rarity. This is a very rare Triple Carb Short Wheelbase roadster, with an honesty that one only finds in a car that hasnt been completely nut and bolt restored.
The company that became Alfa Romeo was founded as Società Anonima Italiana Darracq (SAID) in 1906 by the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq, with some Italian investors. One of them, Cavaliere Ugo Stella, an aristocrat from Milan, became chairman of the SAID in 1909. The firm’s initial location was in Naples, but even before the construction of the planned factory had started, Darracq decided late 1906 that Milan would be a more suitable location and accordingly a tract of land was acquired in the Milan suburb of Portello, where a new factory of 6,700 square metres was erected. Late 1909, the Italian Darracq cars were selling slowly and Stella, with the other Italian co-investors, founded a new company named A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili), initially still in partnership with Darracq. The first non-Darracq car produced by company was the 1910 24 HP, designed by Giuseppe Merosi, hired in 1909 for designing new cars more suitable to the Italian market. Merosi would go on to design a series of new A.L.F.A. cars with more powerful engines. A.L.F.A. also ventured into motor racing, drivers Franchini and Ronzoni competing in the 1911 Targa Florio with two 24 HP models. In 1914, an advanced Grand Prix car was designed and built, the GP1914 which featured a four cylinder, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and twin ignition. However, the onset of World War I halted automobile production at ALFA for three years.
In August 1915 the company came under the direction of Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who converted the factory to produce military hardware for the Italian and Allied war efforts. Munitions, aircraft engines and other components, compressors and generators based on the company’s existing car engines were produced in a vastly enlarged factory during the war. When the war was over, Romeo invested his war profits in acquiring locomotive and railways carriage plants in Saronno (Costruzioni Meccaniche di Saronno), Rome (Officine Meccaniche di Roma) and Naples (Officine Ferroviarie Meridionali), which were added to his A.L.F.A. ownership. Car production had not been considered at first, but resumed in 1919 since parts for the completion of 105 cars were still lying at the A.L.F.A. factory since 1915. In 1920, the name of the company was changed to Alfa Romeo with the Torpedo 20-30 HP becoming the first car to be badged as such.Their first success came in 1920 when Giuseppe Campari won at Mugello and continued with second place in the Targa Florio driven by Enzo Ferrari. Giuseppe Merosi continued as head designer, and the company continued to produce solid road cars as well as successful race cars (including the 40-60 HP and the RL Targa Florio).
In 1923 Vittorio Jano was lured away from Fiat, partly thanks to the persuasion of a young Alfa racing driver named Enzo Ferrari, to replace Merosi as chief designer at Alfa Romeo. The first Alfa Romeo under Jano was the P2 Grand Prix car, which won Alfa Romeo the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. For Alfa road cars Jano developed a series of small-to-medium-displacement 4, 6, and 8 cylinder inline power plants based on the P2 unit that established the classic architecture of Alfa engines, with light alloy construction, hemispherical combustion chambers, centrally-located plugs, two rows of overhead valves per cylinder bank and dual overhead cams. Jano’s designs proved to be both reliable and powerful.
Enzo Ferrari proved to be a better team manager than driver, and when the factory team was privatised, it then became Scuderia Ferrari. When Ferrari left Alfa Romeo, he went on to build his own cars. Tazio Nuvolari often drove for Alfa, winning many races prior to World War II. In 1928 Nicola Romeo left, with Alfa going broke after defense contracts ended, and in the end of 1932 Alfa Romeo was rescued by the government, which then had effective control. Alfa became an instrument of Mussolini’s Italy, a national emblem. During this period Alfa Romeo built bespoke vehicles for the wealthy, with the bodies normally built by Touring of Milan or Pininfarina. This was the era that peaked with the legendary Alfa Romeo 2900B Type 35 racers. The Alfa factory (converted during wartime to the production of Macchi C.202 Folgore engines) was bombed during World War II, and struggled to return to profitability after the war. The luxury vehicles were out. Smaller mass-produced vehicles began to be produced in Alfa’s factories beginning with the 1954 model year, with the introduction of the Giulietta series
I love these cars because you never ever see them ! This one has been Vintage raced and has a nice roll cage built in. Get it back on the track !
1956 TALBOT LAGO T14LS
The number of exotic and exciting cars being built by the French soon after World War II was rather limited. Talbot Lago, one of the more famous names in Grand Prix and car history on the other hand, introduced such a car at the Paris Auto Salon in 1955. Designed by Carlo Delaisse who was the chief designer for Letourneur et Marchand. Typical of many French cars the detail found can be intoxicating, the gas cap being a perfect example of fine design. This Talbot Lago is a 1956 T14LS, chassis number 140019. The history, as we know it is as follows. In 1971 the car was imported into England and registered with OUG2 license plate, considered a cherished number. It was registered to a Simon Francis Phillips, from London SW7, around this time. That plate got removed and presumably placed on another of his cars and it became registered with PRK38K around 19th Feb 1976. The next registered owner was Mrs. Hilda Lewis, 47 Grosvenor Square, London W1A, a very posh and expensive part of London. The next owner was from here, John Heil. John bought the car in 1988 and imported it to the USA. John Vintage raced the car a little at some of the Palm Springs Vintage car races in that time period. At that time he had the car set up for that purpose, including a roll bar (removable) and competition seat belts and the obligatory catch and vent tanks for oil and water capture. The car remained in his and his family’s possession until we acquired the car from his estate recently. The car has a BMW V8 of the BMW 507 style, the same as what went into the Talbot Lago America. This engine has been in it since prior to arriving in England in 1971, as the original English log book shows it as having this motor with engine number 21900, the same number as it has today. We have redone the interior completely and it is superb, finished in very nice leather and Wilton Wool style carpeting. We have redone the interior to what we believe is back to original style and standards. The paint is very good but is by all accounts about 20 years old. It is finished in French Blue with Black interior. Because of the nature of the cars history we took the liberty of changing the wheel colour to Black to give the car a more masculine look and posture, which it has done admirably. This car is a perfect candidate for somebody who wants to not only have a very rare car, as it is 1 of only about 60 built, how many are left we don’t know, (quoted production numbers do vary slightly) but a car they can utilize in many of the Historic driving events that are available, such as the California Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand etc (please verify eligibility for any events if this is impoortant to you). We have copies of the English registrations and the build sheet from Talbot along with numerous records and articles relating to the car.