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1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni Cabriolet at Amelia Island

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Styled by the famed Figoni design house in Paris, this beautiful Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 had to be hidden from the Nazis during the war. And aren’t we so glad it was saved so that it could win best in class this year at Amelia Island?!

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1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster at Amelia Island

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This astounding Auburn caught my eye while driving around on the street the day prior to the Concours. It was one of those extra special cars that stopped me in my tracks, making me drool like an idiot. That swooping shape, the clean two-tone green with cream white, it was a sight to be seen in the show, let alone out on the public road.

The car itself is actually a replica of a one-off Auburn that was destroyed in a fire at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1929. It’s made of all original Auburn parts, built using the original drawings, so it’s a worthy successor to the original car. I feel like such a story repeats itself throughout history in the automotive world, where an original one-off is destroyed and it has to be replaced by a replica. The Jaguar XJ-13, the Lamborghini Miura Jota, and the Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe all come to mind, among others.

I’m glad this Auburn exists!

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This white Duesenberg Model J showed the new cars what class looks like at NYIAS 2018

Duesenberg Model J at NYIAS 2018

Just when I thought some of the new cars had style, I walked downstairs and saw this glorious white Duesey in the classics. Aerodynamic efficiency and safety structure is all fine and good, but nothing today has style like the top-tier cars of the 1920’s and 30’s.

These days everyone has a Phantom or a Lambo. If you roll up in a big Duesenberg like this one, it’s game over. You win.

-Nick Walker

1936 Lagonda LG45 at the Amelia Island Concours

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With a top speed of around 100mph, this striking blue Lagonda was one of the fastest British cars of its day. It was so fast, in fact, that a Lagonda 4.5L won LeMans the year before this car was made. You can see the rest of the details on this car in the image below.

What really drew me to this car was its distinctive color combo and its awesome hood ornament. The color is almost like BMW’s Laguna Seca Blue, and the interior is chocolate leather with light wood trim. It’s a gorgeous combination! As for the hood ornament, it’s a native gentleman fighting a snake with a hatchet. Quite an epic scene to witness as you drive along.

Enjoy the gallery of this magnificent classic Brit!

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This spectacular 1934 Delage D8S Cabriolet is one of the most elegant French cars I’ve ever seen

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This Delage is quite a work of automotive art. The fine details and the sheer craftsmanship of its build in addition to its seamlessly elegant design made it stand out at the Radnor Hunt Concours this year. The alligator leather and the chrome trim were incredible, but the crown jewel of its details was definitely its hood ornament, a crystal woman with a swept headdress.

Such a striking machine. I’ll let the photos do the talking from here. Enjoy the gallery!

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Check out the hood ornament on this Willys-Knight 66B Great Coupe

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This car is cool enough. It’s the only one of its kind left, and it has a nice color combo to boot, but its hood ornament is absolutely bitchin’. Yea that’s right, I just used the term “bitchin'” to describe a classy pre-war car, but sometimes that’s just how it’s gotta be. And sometimes the hood ornament is the only thing that makes me notice a car.

This Willys-Knight is actually a very interesting car, and you can see some of its details below. But me, I just saw the night in shining armor with his noble steed, racing to save some lovely damsel, atop the hood, and I was captivated.

The right hood ornament adds the perfect finishing touch to an old car like this, and this Willys-Knight did not disappoint. Enjoy!

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Auburn 12-165 Salon Speedster at Radnor Hunt

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This was the cheapest 12 cylinder American luxury car in 1933, one third the price of a comparable Packard. But 1933 was an era in the shock of the Great Depression, and those with money had become more hesitant to flaunt their wealth around with things like fancy cars. As a result, only 14 of these Auburns were produced that year.

The car you see here has been restored to its original black and burgundy color scheme. Enjoy the photos.

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This 1938 Packard was V12 Pimpin’ before Pimpin’ was Pimp

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Look at this beautiful blue Packard. This is the swooping shape of American luxury of old, complete with a V12 under the hood. So many fine details, and it oozes elegance.

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1932 Lincoln KB Boattail Speedster, by Marcel DeLay

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It’s been a while since we featured something antique and swoopy. This is one of the early Lincoln V12s, and it wears a unique and beautiful body. It was one of the stars of the Radnor Hunt Concours this year.

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1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster at Radnor Hunt

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This hornet colored Bugatti Type 55 was tucked off in a corner of the show at Radnor Hunt, but it still caught everyone’s eye. With a magnificent paint job and a fine wood interior this is French roadster is as classic as they come. Just imagine cruising the Riviera in this thing…

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This 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Model took Best in Show at Misselwood

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I knew this unbelievable 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Model would win Best in Show the moment it pulled up to the preview for the Misselwood Concours. There were tons of stunning cars there, but this thing had that “pop” that separates the royalty from the mere aristocracy.

This Rolls is pre-war, but we’re talking pre-World War 1. That’s right, this magnificent automobile existed when men were still riding into battle on horseback. It’s one of just 4 Rolls Royces assembled in the US before the onset of The Great War, and it remains as grand a Rolls as any since.

This car’s body and chassis, separated in 1983, were just reunited in 2015, and a lot of work was put in to bring it to the beautiful condition you see here. It totally took my breath away, and I shot literally hundreds of photos of it. What’s even better is the owner told me he drives the car around 5,000 miles per year on various rallies. He said concours events are a secondary concern to actually using and enjoying the car. You gotta love that, it’s a concours winner and it’s not a trailer queen.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how it’s supposed to be done. Enjoy the gallery of this immaculate Rolls Royce, and you can find a little more info on it at the bottom.

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