S. Berliner, III's Classic Cars Page
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Updated:   18 Jul 2015; 11:50  ET
[Page created 01 Feb 2012;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
URL:  http://sbiii.com/autoclas.html

S. Berliner, III
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Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.


S. Berliner, III's

sbiii.com

Classic Cars Page

AUTOMOTIVE

A continuation page to carry forward the Classic Cars section on my Automotive Page 2.

[This page may not be quite complete but I can't see where so I'm posting it anyway;
if I've overloooked something (links?), I'll try to correct it as I can get to it- SB,III.]

See the main Automotive Page for an index to my other Automotive pages, notably these main pages:
    Chrysler, et seq.,
    Mercedes, et seq.,
    SS and Jaguar Cars, et seq., etc.


Classic Cars

[repeated from Automotive Page 2:]

I define "classic" elsewhere but basically reserve it for elegant cars of the late '20s and the '30s and early '40s.  Here are some old photos I turned up of what I consider unquestioned classics.  Let's start with a superb 1920s Rolls Royce Phantom I roadster I shot on 20 May 1956 at a car meet when the CCCA went to Macungie, Pennsylvania, with the AACA, to visit the old Wendling Brothers plant (as I recall):

Ph I Hrdtop
(20 May 56 photo by and © 1956/2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail image - click on photo for larger image]

That car is technically a hardtop, NOT a roadster (whether original or not).

A Rolls is a bit of a "sissy" car, though; for all-out sexy old sports car racing, few cars beat the Rolls's "baby sister", the "Blower Bentley" of the 20s and 30s.  Here's one shot at the nostalgia running of antique cars at the Vanderbilt Cup race at Roosevelt Raceway on 19 Jun 1960, a blown 4½-litre monster (note the huge Roots blower hung on the front of the engine, between the dumb irons):

4&frac;l Blower Bentley
(19 Jun 60 photo by and © 1960/2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

More such can be found in the Classic Cars section on my Automotive Page 2.


The main reason for creating this continuation page is that I found, quite by accident, an old copy of "VOLUME 4, WINTER-SPRING ISSUE, 1965", the catalog of classic (and other) cars put out by the Vintage Car Store (still) in Nyack, New York.  Owner Ed Jurist* was always a gracious host when I ran up there from Long Island ca. 1955-60 in my 1948 "Mark IV" 3½-litre Drop Head Coupé, even though I never did buy a car from him.  He often had the occasional S or SS Mercedes or SS or SS Jaguar to draw me in.

VintCarStoreCatCover
(01 Feb 2012 photo of Winter-Spring 1965 Vintage Car Store Catalog Front Cover
by and © 2012 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail image - click on photo for larger image]

Pictures of cars in which I have an interest follow with a few details excerpted and the 1965 prices (oh, those prices!).  The pictures were very grainy (poorly screened) so these scans (in order of appearance) are, regretably, pretty bad (group headings and titling by VCS, NOT me):

VINTAGE SPORTS AND RACING CARS

38Alfa8C
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1938 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C/2900B Roadster

32Alfa8C
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C/2300 Roadster

39Alfa2.5Rear
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1939 Alfa Romeo 2.5 Litre Rear Engine

30Alfa1750
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1930 Alfa Romeo 1750cc Gran Sport Roadster

26BentleyRedLabel
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1926 Bentley Red Label Roadster

29Bentley8ltrOld#1
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1929 Bentley 8 litre Roadster (Old No. 1)

VINTAGE AND CLASSIC MOTORCARS

28MBSTourer
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1928 Mercedes Benz S type Tourer

28MBSConvCpe
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1928 Mercedes Benz S type Convertible Coupe
This has to be nearly perfection to me; much as I love the factory-bodied tourers, especially Bunty Moncrieff's car, the convertible coupé on the full-length S or SS chassis is even more appealing.  All this one needs to elevate it to the top of my automotive pantheon is full-sweep fenders with side mounts.

25MBKTourer
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1925 Mercedes Benz Model "K" Tourer

35MB500KtypBCabrio
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1935 Mercedes Benz 500K type B Cabriolet

37MB540KtypBCabrio
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1937 Mercedes Benz 540K type B Cabriolet

39MB540KRdstr
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1939 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster

37MB540KCoupe
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Coupe

39M320Cabrio
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1939 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet

32DuesieJRdstr
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1932 Duesenberg Model J Roadster

30DuesieJConvBerline
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline

30DuesieBrougham
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1930 Duesenberg Formal Town Brougham

32RollsPIITownCar
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1932 Rolls Royce Phantom II Town Car

37RollsPIIISaloon
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Saloon

30RollsPIISedancaConv
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1930 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sedanca Convertible

29RollsPIIHearse
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1929 Rolls Royce Phanton {sic} II Hearse
No, I haven't gone bonkers; it WAS a hearse but was rebuilt as "contemporary living quarters" with two "large leather chairs and a drum-type card table".
"Why wait for the real thing?  Cross the River Styx as a transient tourist instead of a permanent resident."!

37PackardSuper8ConvSedan
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1937 Packard Super 8 Convertible Sedan

39PackardDarrinConv
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1939 Packard Darrin Convertible

38PackardPhaeton
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1938 Packard Phaeton

26IsottaFraschPhaeton
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1926 Isotta Fraschini Phaeton

34RollsPIIConv
(1965 photo from Vintage Car Store - all rights reserved)
1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Convertible
A Continental (chassis #117RY); to my eyes one of the most elegant "sporty" cars ever built.  Compare it to the earlier Phantom I at the top of the page.  $4,500.00.
This is either the car I saw at RPI in Troy, New York ca. 1953-56 and across the river in the southern Albany suburbs or a twin!

Where are they now?

The Vintage Car Store moved from South Broadway uptown a bit but is still in business.

The catalog also covers racing cars, some "modern" sports cars, antique cars, modern luxury cars, and oil paintings which I have not reproduced here, although a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupé is listed at $6,800 and 1952 Mercedes Benz 300C roadster is $3,200 (read it and weep).


* - On 18 Jul 2015, poring through my old aviation files, I found a copy of a long letter from "Col." Walter W. Estridge, Deputy Commander of the (then-)Confederate Air Force to "all Confederate Air Force colonels", dated 10 Mar 1975.  [It should be noted here that the CAF was renamed in 2002 as the Commemorative Air Force and that all members are dubbed "Colonels".]  For brevity, it concerns sale of some World War II aircraft owned by "Col." Edward Jurist of Vintage Aircraft International of Nyack, NY!  I never knew of Ed's interest in aircraft, logical though it be, and more on this is posted on my Aviation Page 7.   new (18 Jul 2015)


Please visit the main Automotive page.


LEGACY

  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.

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