First…many thanks to all of those who read the blog yesterday, which had the highest number of daily views in the last month. Maybe you did miss my writing, after all.
CAN I ADD A CAR TO MY ULTIMATE GARAGE?!
“Smitten” is not a strong enough word to describe my reaction to this car, one with which I was not previously familiar. To many, it’s just another coupe. To me, it’s perfection. Do you really want to know the engine specs, to break a butterfly upon a wheel? OK…according to this site, the 3-liter/179 cubic inch V-12 produced 276 HP/203 LB-FT of torque.
The bottom photo is near the end of this car being on the block and it did not sell at a high bid of $425,000. I said to my wonderful wife that it would be fitting if we had won the Mega Millions the previous Tuesday, but didn’t know it because the ticket was at home so I couldn’t bid on this car. I would have “kicked” the Cadillac ATS out of the garage to make room for this, which would easily fit at just 163 inches in length.
I just stare at the many photos I took of this car and shake my head in amazement. Discovering a car like this is a key reason why I want to attend as many car events as possible.
Here is a picture of another car with which I was not previously familiar, a 1967 Austin-Healey GT coupe:
This is basically a “big” Healey with a different body, but what a body! The car hammered sold at $62,000 or $68,200 all in. Remembering my “roots” in defunct American car companies:
This is a beautiful 1955 Studebaker President, the immediate descendant of the Loewy coupes of 1953-54. The Hawk series introduced in 1956 was the next iteration of this design. This car hammered sold at $16,000, or $17,600 all in.
I have many more photos I could share, but I’ll save them for later (or not). If you are a car enthusiast, I highly recommend that you attend at least one auction in your life. You don’t have to register as a bidder, either, in case you’re worried about losing control and buying something you don’t want to buy. An auction is a car show where someone else parades the cars for you to see.
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