This image was brought to my attention by my friend in New Zealand. It gave me an immediate laugh.
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The Grand Prix of South America Rally took place this past autumn, starting in Buenos Aires on October 18, and ending in Cartagena on November 17. The rally covered 10,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia.
This was the 70th anniversary of the event, the first taking place in 1948. The route followed the original’s as much as was possible.
The winner was the 1929 Chrysler 75 by Andrew Davies and Paul Dilley. 2nd place a 1972 Porsche 911; 3rd: 1933 Lagonda M45; 4th: the 1938 Chevrolet Coupe.
The story comes to CtoC from The Land of Badger; all photos credit: Sports Car Digest
The ’35 Duesenberg SSJ was the fastest pre-WWII production road car, with speeds reaching 140mph in 1935. It is powered by a supercharged 420 cubic inch DOHC eight cylinder, which produced 400 HP.
This incredible vehicle went up for auction this past weekend during the famed Monterey Car Week. Gary Cooper once owned this SSJ; it was one of several Duesenbergs the actor owned during his lifetime. The Duesenberg was eventually bought by road racer , car manufacturer and America’s Cup winner, Briggs Cunningham. The Cunningham collection was bought by Miles Collier. It is Collier and the REVS Institute that is auctioning the car.
I had the opportunity to see this famed Duesenberg at the REVS Institute, when the Frozen Foursome visited Tampa in April of 2016. It really is a remarkable machine. Absolutely stunning, with beautiful lines. Even today, it must be something very special to drive.
The Duesenberg SSJ was sold at the Pebble Beach Auction for $22 million. At that price, the Duesenberg becomes the most expensive American made car ever sold at auction. It also became the most expensive pre-WWII model ever sold.
There were only two Duesenberg SSJ’s ever built. The second car was owned by actor Clark Gable.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was also up for auction at Pebble Beach. Ferrari made thirty-six 250 GTO’s. The Ferrari sold for a staggering $48.4 million. At that price, the 250 GTO becomes the most expensive car ever sold at auction.
The Gipsy was produced by Austin from 1958 to 1968. It replaced the Austin Champ, and was expected to compete with the Land Rover.
The Gipsy is very Roveresque, right down to the individual Lucas wiper motors and the black, red and yellow lever knobs. It’s also a sparse interior, with inward facing rear seats, although the Gipsy does have a door on its glovebox. Unlike the Series Land Rover, the Gipsy body was steel, instead of aluminum.
This particular Gipsy comes with a very nice Turner winch. I do like the look of the Austin’s front end.
Originally available in a 90″ wheelbase, a longer 111″ wheelbase was later added. British Motor Corporation, which Austin was a division of, merged with British Leyland in May of 1968. Suddenly Land Rover and Austin found themselves with the same manufacturer, and Austin’s Gipsy was discontinued.
The Gipsy was powered by a 2.2L inline four engine, originally used in Austin’s A70 sedan. In all, 21,208 Gipsys were produced over its decade long run.
DeSoto built the long wheel based Suburban from 1946 through 1954.
This particular Suburban was purchased new in Connecticut and used by the Mount Washington Hotel of Bretton Woods, NH.
The car had several variations over it’s nine year run. I do like the suicide doors.
Complete with third row seating.
This particular DeSoto is powered by a 236ci Flathead straight six, coupled to DeSoto’s Tip-Toe Shift, which was their version of the semi-automatic transmission.
Spent some time with A Sponsor and two of his low level employees at the Auto Show that is taking place in downtown Minneapolis.
It should come as no surprise to anyone, that the classic car section was my favorite part of the show. Not counting the mini-donuts.