1996 and 1997 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance

American Automobiles

Auburn 852 Speedster


Auburn L29 Cab, also known as Cord



'33 Chrysler CL LeBaron Phaeton

'53 Chrysler "Chrysler Ghia Special." Designed by Virgil Exner of Chrysler and bodied by Ghia. About 18 examples were made.

'97 Chrysler "Phaeton" concept car


'32 Cadillac "Madam X" Fleetwood Imperial Sedan; V16 engine.

'37 Cadillac 37-90 Fleetwood Convertible Coupe. Won Best of Class (American 16 Cylinders) at '96 PB.

1948 Cadillac Saoutchik


'54 DeSoto designed and bodied by Ghia.




'29 Duesenberg J Bohman & Schwartz Berline

'31 Duesenberg J Murphy Coupe. Won Best of Class (Duesenberg) at '96 PB. My wife tells me she overheard the gentleman with the light colored jacket and ballcap, at right side of the photo: The gentleman is Franklin Q. Hershey who worked for Murphy and personally designed that car.

1934 Walker, Owned by Jay Leno. Leno says the headlights look like pimples on the fenders!

B&S Town Car
silver, open chauffeur, with a "Pierce Silver Arrow" aero look. Designed for Mae West, but she never bought it. Instead, it went to the heiress of the "Mars" candy bar fortune.

There were two Bohman & Schwartz Dues at '97 PB. One is a Coupe, the other is a Berline. I assume this is the coupe. It's a rear view, black, with vinyl running along the top from bumper to bumper (even on the hood).

"The Mormon Meteor". Constructed by Ab Jenkins and Augie Duesenberg on a SJ chassis in 1935. Set a world record for 24 hours at 135 MPH average with a 420 CI straight eight rated at 400 HP. With a Curtis aircraft engine installed, it set another 24 hour world record of 154 MPH. Pretty heady speeds for 1936!

Figoni Speedster

mahagony on the body!!


'31 840 Waterhouse Convertible Victoria (??)

1937 Packard Darrin
This was also in the latest "Collector Car" mag. It belonged to Clark Gable and is SCREAMING red. The hood ornament is not original.

Packard 1940 Darrin convertible -- similar to the "Gable" but much more subdued red.

Packard LeBaron Speedster -- blue boat-tail

Packard Vic or Derham -- according to the brochure, this "dual cowl" sort of boat is either a Victoria or Derham; I don't know...it's a very dark red.

Pierce Arrow

'33 Pierce "Silver Arrow." Pierce was struggling to survive during the Depression. They decided to design a uniquely luxurious vehicle so modern that no other car could match it. Unfortunately, the development of the Silver Arrow bankrupted the company. Only 5 prototypes were built and 3 exist. This particular car won Best of Show at the '97 Concours of the Eastern US.

Aston Martin:2, Bentley:3, Jaguar:1, Lagonda:1, Rolls Royce:5

Bugatti:6, Delage:5, Delahaye:2, Hispano Suiza:1, Talbot Lago:2, Voisin:1

Auburn:3, Chrysler:3, Caddilac:5, DeSoto:1, Dodge:1, Duesenberg:14, Packard:7, Pierce Arrow:3

Alfa Romeo:2, Bertone:5, Ferrari:10, Italdesign:1, Lamborghini:2

BMW:6, Maybach:2, Mercedes Benz:3

Last modified November 12, 1997

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