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The Allure of the Automobile

"One Day these cars will be regarded as works of art.. like a Rembrandt or Picasso"
                                                      Jim Southard -many,many years ago...

Allure of the Automobile at High Museam
Dad, Me, Ryan At the Allure of The Automobile.
Gary Cooper's Dusenberg SJ Roadster in the background


My dad said things like that many times in the 60's and early 70's.  Back then people who collected old cars were mostly regarded as being at least slightly crazy.  Certainly our high falutin' Sandy Springs neighbors would have rather had the Beverly Hillbilly's next door.  They just didn't seem to have an appreciation for a Grand Prix Bugatti with strait pipes blasting down Riverside Drive at open throttle or the Passport Transport truck blocking traffic to unload the next prize.  

Anyway, it was pleasure (and maybe just a little vindication) to be able to visit the High Museums exhibit "The Allure of The Automobile" It was an incredible collection of rare classic cars displayed as the works of art that they are.  And with my dad there we had our own tour guide!

Jim Southard - Champion Spark plugs
Photo:Jim Southard, Cars from rt to left 1935 Aston-Martin (formerly from the Atlanta collection of Mills Lane),
1934 Bugatti, 1930 Delage Boattail speedster, 1934 Rolls Royce PII Continental,
1925 Hispano-Suiza, 1934 Bugatti type 57 (former Paris Show car).  
Not mentioned in the ad is the Auburn boattail replica at the far back left. That was
his daily driver....
The cars aren't the only thing that got away.  The house is currently for sale too

I guess we weren't the only ones who thought it would be a cool fathers day trip to visit the display. There was a very long line outside waiting to get in.  Luckily we had bought e-tickets in advance which gave us a reserved entry time. The exhibit ends this weekend so there are only a few days left. Hopefully they will repeat this again soon or recreate the exhibit at other museums around the country.  It was an amazing display and well worth the admission.

Mercedes 540k
Mercedes 540K roadster. Dad used to own an identical car but red.
That's another story :-)

Porshe tub
bare tub from an early Porsche.  this is the origin of  all thing Porsche
as we know it today

Pierce Arrow
Pierce Arrow.  The headlights molded in to the body
were a distinctive trade mark of th Pierce Arrow as was the "Archer"
hood ornament. (This was Ryans favorite)

Packard Boat tail
Packard boat tail.  formerly owned by Clark Gable.
Packard's slogan was
"Ask the man that owns one"

Bugatti Atalante'
Bugatti Atalante' - This one was my favorite

Delage D8
Delage D8- This was owned by Louis Delage.  I bought my first car
when I was 11 years old.  A 1937 Delage D6 cabriolet. It was
very unrestored and rusted, but I did get it running before I sold it for $1500.

*****

 

 


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Comment balloon 13 commentsBob Southard • June 23 2010 10:45AM

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Some beautiful cars, Bob. Thanks for the pics!

Posted by William True, Sarasota Real Estate (True Sarasota Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Bob, great post. These works of art are absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

Posted by Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz, TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga ((909) 973-0410 ) over 7 years ago

Hi  I have lived near Flint, Michigan most of my life,  we have a restored 30 Model T Ford and a 1926 Buick which we are currently restoring.  One of my families cars is in the Sloan Museum in Flint Michigan, a 1933 Buick.  They are fun for a tour to the local bars and also to church on Sundays.  Its a great conversation piece.  

Posted by Jane Heiss-Armitage, Selling Homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors (Midland County, Bay County,Saginaw County, Mi.)) over 7 years ago

William, I would hav eposted more but the camera batteries died :-(

Kymberly- Thanks, The pics don't do them justice.  It was an amazing display

Jane, No doubt the funnest part is driving them.  No matter what the car or how rare, they are meant to be driven!

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 7 years ago

I got to go this past weekend... on the VERY last day.  The Stingray was my favorite.  I got there shortly after opening and was able to go through without many crowds.  It was nice to see the Cofer's Tucker there.  That one drives around over here a good bit. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Lane, I'm glad you got to see the exhibit.  I've seen the Cofer's tucker before.  It may be one of the few Tuckers that actually runs.  jk.   I'm glad you enjoyed the show.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 7 years ago

I love that much of their collection hits the streets.  Stuff is made to be driven, not just admired. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Lane,  Amen to that.  I hate "trailer queens".  I know sometimes the trailer is a neccesary evil.  But really cars need to be driven!

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 7 years ago

And one day I am going to drive a Model T... I just hope I don't have to buy one ot do it.  The controls are ALL different than modern cars... 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks for posting Bob.  I can't believe I let the exhibit come and go without catching it - and even more so after seeing your pictures.  Also, that Champion ad is fantastic! 

Posted by Joshua Vensel (VENVISIO - Real Estate Photography - Atlanta, GA) over 7 years ago

JOshua,

Thanks for the comment.  My pics were really sort of lame. Just a pocket cam and then the battery went dead :-)

 

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 7 years ago

Beautiful cars, wish I could have made the event.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 7 years ago

Bob - Not lame at all!  They certainly beat the pictures I took - which were none. :) 

Posted by Joshua Vensel (VENVISIO - Real Estate Photography - Atlanta, GA) over 7 years ago

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