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The Delahaye 135MS Figoni and Falaschi Roadster first seen at the 1937 Paris Auto Salon from the Collection of The Revs Institute for Automobile Research at the Collier Collection.
An exhibition of some truly remarkable automobiles is currently in progress at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee and runs until September 15, 2013. A must see for lovers of Art Deco and “French Curve” design, visitors unfamiliar with those genres will likely be even more impressed by the striking style of these cars. Superb lighting shows them off to their best advantage as seen in these images courtesy of Bruce Sweetman.
They come to the Frist from some of the finest collections in the country. Well known automotive journalist and guest curator Ken Gross brief gives a brief introduction to the exhibit in the video below.
A preview of just some of the cars you will see there follows below. You can find out more about this display and the Frist Center, including hours and directions, here.
L to R (above) : The Collier Collection’s Delahaye 135MS Roadster Roadster features leather interior and matching carpets by Hermès. Another gorgeous Delahaye, a 1936 135M Competition Coupe from the collection of Jim Patterson also sports coachwork by Figoni and Falaschi .
L to R (above) : The Patterson Delahaye 135M, and a 1934 Voisin Type C27 Aerosport Coupe from the Collection of Merle and Peter Mullin .
L to R (above) : The Mullin Museum’s 1934 Voisin Type C27 Aerosport Coupe and a stunning 1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe by LeBaron belonging to Robert and Sandra Bahre.
L to R (above) : Front view of the Bahre’s Packard and a very rare 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster from the Collection of the Edmund J. Stecker Family Trust.
L to R (above) : The instrument panel of the Jordan Speedway Ace and the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Cabriolet built for the Shah of Persia on loan from Margie and Robert E. Petersen of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
L to R (above) : The dashboard in the Bugatti Type 57C and a 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet first owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s currently part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum Collection.
L to R (above) : The unique Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet “Xenia” Coupe on loan from The Mullin Automotive Museum. Conceived in 1937 by André Dubonnet of aperitif fame, it was designed by Jean Andreau and built with coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik.
All photos courtesy of Bruce Sweetman.
This lovely little Type 13 Brescia Bugatti (above) was named for the town that is the traditional starting point for the Mille Miglia.
Below we have a sampling of the international field of superb sports and race cars that participated in the recently run 31st re-enactment of the fabled endurance contest. We present them to you here courtesy of our friend, Pavel Novitski, who braved some less than ideal weather conditions to get these shots. From it’s inception almost 90 years ago, the Mille Miglia has been a supreme test of driver and machine, but perhaps has become even more so today since no car built after 1957 is presently eligible to participate in the revived event.
The 2013 edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was held on May 24-26 on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the neighboring Villa Erba on Lake Como, in Cernobbio, Italy. The world-class concours is among the most important of all historic motorcar events worldwide.
The original “Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este” an international Concours d’elegance for motorcars, was held for the first time on September 1, 1929 following the joining of the Automobile Club of Como, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the Comitato di Cura di Como. The gathering was last held in its original form with the new post-war vehicles in 1949.
Italian automotive historian and author Tito Anselmi revived the Consorso in 1986 with the help of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. Unfortunately it was another nine years before the next Concorso was held again in 1995. Two more followed in 1996 and 1997 and it has been held yearly since 1999.
Join us here as we take a detailed look a many of the important pre war automobiles that were on display at the extraordinary gathering and captured in images by Pavel Novitski of the UK.
1929 Hispano-Suiza Cabriolet de Ville with Coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin, Isotta-Fraschini 8A mascot, 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic
Details of Ralph Lauren’s “Best of Show” winning 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic with coachwork by Jean Bugatti
1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer and mascot
1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Torpedo with Coachwork by Castagna and a Bentley
A splendid Bentley Roadster with exquisite lines and custom coachwork
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, Sedanca (3-Position) Drophead Coupé, 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Open Tourer
2012 Pebble Beach “Best of Show” winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster, Coachwork by Saoutchik, 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster
Best of Show as awarded by the judges, went to the 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic owned by Ralph Lauren. Best of Show by public vote at Villa d’Este was also awarded to the Bugatti.
Class A – Kings of the Road Winner: 1928 Mercedes-Benz, 680S, Torpedo Roadster, Saoutchik, Paul Andrews. Mention of Honor: 1933 Rolls-Royce, Phantom II Continental, Sedanca (3-Position) Drophead Coupé, Gurney Nutting, Jay Moore.
Class B- Thoroughbreds Winner: 1938 Bugatti, 57SC Atlantic, Coupé, Ralph Lauren. Mention of Honor: 1936 Mercedes-Benz, 500K, Special Roadster, Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen, Evert Louwman.
You can learn much more about this impressive concour at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. A visit with Pavel Novitski Automotive Photography will show you much more of his impressive work. Just (below) is a well done video by GT Sprint which captures the essence of the event and also shows a broader cross section of the vehicles which participated in the event including some of the concept cars.