Classic Cars' Museum: Class O-2 Postwar Touring



Concours d'Elegance 2010: Class O-2 Postwar Touring





1954 Alfa Remeo BAT 9 Bertone

1954 Alfa Remeo BAT 9 Bertone
Alfa Romeo commissioned Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone to build three concept cars in order to study the effects of drag on a motor vehicle. The "Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica" or BAT cars were built on the Alfa Remeo 1900 chassis. The three BATs were unveiled at the Turin Auto Shows in 1953, 1954 and 1955 at the Turin Auto Show. BAT 9 was the third and final BAT car to be made in 1955. it was designed to look more like the current Alfa Remeo models and has been called the best looking of all the BATs. The BAT 9 dropped the more pronounced wings of the previous models in favor of a cleaner line. The poster for the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegane featured the BAT 9 and was created by David Lord. Much admired for his work, Lord spent two years studying art at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and then began training at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He is a member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.
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1949 Bentley Mark VI Worblaufen Drophead

1949 Bentley Mark VI Worblaufen Drophead
This Bentley Mark II Drophead appeared at the Geneva Auto Show in 1950. It is one of three Bentley Mark VI to have benn bodied by the Geneva-based coachbuilder Worblaufen. The postwar Bentley Mark VI chassis was ideally suited to have special coachwork fitted, but it was also the first Bentley to be offered with Standard Steel Salon coachwork. Rolls-Royce had bought Bentley Motors in 1931 but this was the first Bentley to be entirely designed and built by them after the war. Owned by Dr. Heydon since 1978, this car has been admired at many concours in Europe and America. In 2006 it was awarded the title of Overal Champion at the prestigious Bentley Drivers Club annual concours in the United Kingdom.
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1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Rekord Worblaufen Cabriolet

1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Rekord Worblaufen Cabriolet
Only three Talbot-Lago T26 were built with a Worblaufen body and all three are different. Worblaufen was one of the most important Swiss coachbuilders for passenger cars. It produced many elegant cabriolets and readsters on prewar Isotta-Fraschini, Mercedes Benz, Alfa Remeo and Bugatti chassis. After World War II, they worked on Talbot Lago, Delahaye, Bentley and Lancis. The sporty chassis of the Talbot-Lago T26 was a favorite of European coachbuilders; other examples were bodied by Figoni et Falaschi and Saoutchik. The T26 Rekord has a 4.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine and a Wilson pre-selector gearbox that was used in both Talbot race and road cars.
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1959 Bentley S-Continental H.J. Mulliner

1959 Bentley S-Continental H.J. Mulliner "high Wing" Fastback Coupe
Use of the term Continental to indicate a high performance version of an existing chassis was an inspriation of Sir Henry Royce and was applied to the short chassis version of the Phantom II in 1930. bentley decided to offer a Continental version of the S series and H.J. Mulliner, now part of the Rolls-Royce empire, was responsible for these fine-looking, two-door, fastback car. The addition of the "high Wing" at the rear of the standard Continental was a feature on only three left-hand drive examples. This Bentley (chassis BC38LEL) was delivered for its first owner, Paul Roebling of New Jersey, in 1959. Priced at $35,000 it was fully fitted with every option that Bentley offered at the time, including air conditioning, Sundym glass and electric windows. After several subsequent owners, Bentley collector Fred Kriz acquired the car in 2007 and has recently overseen its restoration.
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1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saoutchik Sedanca Coupe

1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Saoutchik Sedanca Coupe
The Silver Wraith was the first postwar Rolls-Royce model and was made based on the prewar Rolls-Royce Wraith but was increased to 4.3 litres and later 4.6 litres. This was the last Rolls-Royce model to be delivered as a chassis only so it received a wide variety of bespoke coachwork. This particular Silver Wraith (chassis WTA45) was oedered by Sir Hojn Gaul of London and was initially sent to Freestone & Webb for its coachwork. Sir John had woned the Freetone & Webb-bodied Phantom III called "Copper Kettle" and he initially wanted a similar body for his new car. But then he changed his mind and the Silver Wraith was sent to Saoutchik in Paris. The car was awarded Best of Show at the Monte Carlo Concours in 1948. After some styling changes it has been restored to its 1948 specification and is being shown at Pebble Beach for the first time.
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1958 Facel Vega Excellence Sedan

1958 Facel Vega Excellence Sedan
The French Facel Vega was the brainchild of Jean Daninos who initially established Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir in 1939 to manufacture of aircraft components. After the war, Facel built bodies for Panhard, Simca and Ford-France and also produced the Pininfarina-designed coachwork for the Daninos-inspired Bentley Cresta. Daninos unveiled his first car, the Facel Vega at the Paris Salon in 1954 and in 1958 he built the first Excellence, produced from 1958 to 1962, with the remarkable feature of four doors with no central pillar. Approximately 2,900 cars were hand-built in the short life of the stylish and fast Facel. Race drivers Maurice Trintignant and Stirling Moss used Facel to drive quickly between the race tracks of Europe. The star-studded list of owners is a miniature "Who's Who," with a shah, a king, ambassadors, princes and presidents among them.
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