The Cord L-29 was a revolutionary automobile for its time. It’s one of the first cars to ever be assembled with front-wheel-drive, but uses a longitudinal engine layout, unlike every FWD car sold in America today. The car had a 137.5″ wheelbase and the steering took 4 turns from lock-to-lock, but reports came in at the time that it was actually a very good handler. It had inboard brakes, De Dion drive system, and and full instrumentation (including an ammeter). In its day, it was a shock to the system.
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Back in June of this year, I found myself eye to eye with this very special Porsche 964 RS America, possibly one of only 4 reported to be in this fly yellow color. These were stripped down versions of the normal 964, sans power steering, A/C, radio, and sunroof. It was intended to resemble the RS of the Seventies, which is a valued collectors item now. 701 were built. Simply put, this is one of many reasons people adore Porsche. Seen a block away from the Greenwich Concours.
It may have been a few months ago, but the Greenwich Concours of 2012 was a big change over 2011, with a rain delay in the second day. That said, it did not stop people from enjoying themselves for the entire day. The caliber of the cars at the show this year was nothing short of spectacular, with a great showing of American iron on Saturday, and a true show of European flair on Sunday. This gallery is simply Day 1, with Day 2 coming at the end of this week. A special set of photos may follow for Best of Show.
While at the Greenwich Concours this June, I walked around the hotel across the harbor and came across this unrestored California Spider in the front parking lot. It is number 1581GT, the 41st of only 50 made. According to Hemmings Motor News (in their December 2011 issue), the current owner, Thierry Morin, has had it since 2002, when he was the high bidder at Christie’s Pebble Beach auction in 2002, for over $1.2 million–it had less than 26,000mi when he purchased it from the previous owner, William Ruger Jr. The first owner, Alfred E. “Erwin” Goldschmidt, was a successful amateur racer, but Ruger took it off his hands when the car was about six months old. It is still a completely unrestored car and won Best Preserved at the 2005 New York Concour. It was shown as well at the 2008 Greenwich Concours and the 2011 Fairfield Concours. This is one find I will not soon forget. Read the rest of this entry »
the port from the Greenwich Concours, we took a tour of a hugely expensive yacht, and then took a walk around the lot, and saw this Interceptor convertible sitting in the parking lot with a Dodge Viper right behind it. This marina sponsored the Concours, and probably costs somewhere in the area of $400 per night. Gorgeous car, gorgeous yacht, and a very nice hotel–what’s not to like?
Spotted by: Nick and Al
As most of you know, Nick and I were at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance at the end of the first week of June. The theme this year was “mid-century hybrids.” Now, most of us consider hybrids to be stuff for those who care more about the environment than their wallets. However, back in the 1950s and 1960s, this wasn’t the case. Read the rest of this entry »