TORONTO, February 13, 2018 —
Jewels, the name of The Art & the Automobile exhibit presented by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow (Feb. 16-25), is a fitting theme for the exacting craftsmanship behind the creation of the cars, and the symbols, that define each marque.
“What has set this display apart in years gone by is not just the magnificent quality of the cars on show,” explains Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance Founder Rob McLeese, “but it’s the exquisite presentation, lighting and backdrops that accompany the cars that makes the display so special. This year’s showcase will be presented through the lens of one of the automotive world’s most sought-after photographers - Michael Furman – whose artistic take on these unique mascots will bring to life all the beauty, pageantry and sense of history of these iconic cars and brands.”
Among these rare cars is the $15-million 1958 Firebird III, one the most exotic concepts General Motors ever built. The zenith of GM’s 1950s-era obsession with fins, the Firebird III was the star of GM’s Motorama auto shows in 1958. It was the third and final experimental Firebird, and the only one that would have a direct impact on the design of GM production vehicles, among them 1959 and 1961 Cadillacs.
On display in addition to the 1958 Firebird III are: 1907 Thomas Flyer.
In 1908, the New York Times and the Parisian newspaper Le Matin
jointly sponsored an around-the-world race from New York to Paris, by way of San Francisco, Vladivostok, and Moscow. Six cars from four nations entered, including a lone American entry – a 1907 Thomas Flyer Model 35, built in Buffalo, New York, by a former bicycle manufacturer, E.R. Thomas. The Flyer was a premium automobile, priced at $4,000 and powered by a 60-horsepower four-cylinder engine.1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
Introduced in 1907 as the Rolls Royce 40/50 hp, the Silver Ghost was so named because of its smooth and quiet operation. After completing a 15,000-mile (23,000-km) endurance run, it was lauded as ‘The Best Car in the World’. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ radiator ornament first appeared on a Silver Ghost in 1911. Rolls-Royce built 7,874 Silver Ghosts between 1907 and 1926, 1,701 of them in the U.S. at a plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, beginning in 1921.1926 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix.
The Bugatti Type 37 was a Grand Prix racer that could be driven on the road. A development of the iconic Type 35, which is credited with more than 1,000 race wins in its day, the Type 37 shares that car’s distinctive “Pur Sang” design – the automobile reduced to its essentials. Identical to the Type 35 in most respects, the Type 37 is powered by a more tractable 80 hp, 1,498 cc single-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine, mated to a four-speed manual transmission.1929 Packard 645 Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton.
The top-of-the-line Packard Model 645 “DeLuxe Eight,” was designed by Ray Dietrich specifically as a platform for the extravagant coach-built custom bodies of the day. Only 2,061 Packard 645s were built, fewer than 100 of which were Dual-Cowl Sport Phaetons, like this one. It weighed 5,165 lbs (2340 kg) and cost $5,985 new (about $83,000 today). Its 384-cubic-inch (6.3-litre) straight-eight engine produced 105 horsepower and came with a three-speed transmission.1932 Chrysler Imperial CL.
Walter P. Chrysler added the Imperial as a separate model in the Chrysler line-up in 1926, to compete directly with Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard in the luxury car market. The second-generation Imperial, introduced in 1931, upped the ante with a new straight-eight engine and sleek styling by Herb Weissinger that intentionally emulated Al Leamy’s spectacular 1929 Cord L-29 design.1933 Oldsmobile Convertible Coupe L33.
By 1933, Oldsmobile was a cornerstone of the GM lineup, slotted between Pontiac and Buick in the hierarchy of price progression that led from Chevrolet to Cadillac. As such it benefitted from such shared corporate disciplines as a centralized design and engineering staff and Body by Fisher construction, leading to such breakthroughs as the introduction of independent front suspension and flow-through ventilation, as well as an all-new corporate body structure in 1933.1933 Pierce-Arrow 1242 Convertible Coupe.
In 1931, multi-cylinder engines were de rigeur
among its competitors, so Pierce-Arrow introduced the V-12-powered Model 1242. The engine was developed with the aid of renowned racing driver Ab Jenkins, who used it to establish 66 official speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. This 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 1242 convertible coupe – one of just three remaining and the only one with a rear-mounted spare tire – is believed to have been bodied by LeBaron, following design cues of similar Derham-bodied models of the era.1936 Bentley 4¼ L Pillarless Coupe.
After being purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, Bentley’s focus shifted more toward luxury, albeit with a sporting bent, as all subsequent models were based on variations of existing Rolls-Royce chassis and engines. After producing a 3½ Litre model for several years, Bentley increased its cars’ engine capacity to 4,257cc (4¼ litres) as an option, in 1936, to accommodate the heavier bodies that custom coach-builders had evolved. This classic 1936 4¼ L Pillarless Coupe model, with an all-aluminum body by Gurney Nutting.1939 Delahaye 6 135M Drophead Coupe, body by Tuscher.
Delahaye was a French automaker, established in 1884, that established a reputation for technical innovation. Those factors led to the marque becoming a favourite of France’s custom coach-builders of the 1930s, with many of their dramatic creations built on Delahaye chassis now considered among the world’s most valuable. This car is one of four Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolets bodied by Tuscher in 1939, and one of just two surviving today.1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC.
After WWII, Jaguar earned fame with its sexy sports cars, starting in 1949 with the XK120 roadster. It was so named for its reported top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h), which made it the world's fastest production car at the time. The XK120 was powered by a 160-horsepower, 3.4-litre, double-overhead-cam, straight six-cylinder engine that was highly advanced for the day. The FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) model, with wind-up windows and more luxurious appointments than the roadsters, was added in 1951.1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Coupe.
Cadillac introduced the Eldorado for 1953 as a new, top-of-the-line, luxury convertible that flaunted General Motors’ design leadership of the time. In Spanish, El Dorado
means "The Gilded One" and the phrase came to represent opulence, wealth and the good life, so it was an appropriate choice for the name of this very special car. Although it was technically a sub-series of the Cadillac Series 62, the Eldorado cost almost twice as much the regular Series 62 convertible, on which it was based.1954 Alfa Romeo 1900css.
From 1950 to 1959 there were multiple variations of the Alfa Romeo 1900, with the most obvious differences in their various window configurations. The coachwork for most models was produced by Touring, Pinin Farina and Alfa themselves. Coachworks for several one-off and limited-production variants were also built by Bertone, Ghia, and Zagato. A total of 853 1900css were produced over the 9 years, about 25 of this particular example.1954 Porsche Pre-A 356 Coupe.
The Porsche 356 was the first production model in the venerable brand’s distinguished history. The original version, built from 1949 until 1955, is now known as the 356 Pre-A – the progenitor of the 356A, 356B and 356C models yet to come. The 1954 model featured many of the features and characteristics that would distinguish the newer 356A. These include turn signals mounted in front in combination with a horn grille below each headlight that also provided cooling air to the front brakes, and two side-by-side round taillights on each fender.1966 Ford 427 Cobra Factory Competition Car
. Few cars of any era are more widely recognized and respected than the all-conquering Shelby Cobra 427. Built from 1965 to 1967, the 427s were the ultimate expression of what began life in 1953 as a British sports car called the AC Ace. In 1961, American racing driver Carroll Shelby stuffed a small Ford V-8 engine into an Ace, sold Ford Motor Company on the idea and the Cobra was born, beginning production in 1962. The combination of a lightweight body and brute American power proved unbeatable on the race track, despite the car’s then primitive design.1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
The tautness of the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive Daytona’s lines, as sculpted by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti and built by Scaglietti, rendered it instantly recognizable and permanently classic. Its sleek and modern design was matched in sophistication by Ferrari’s 4.4-litre V-12 engine, fed by six Weber twin-choke 40-mm carburetors, and its excellent weight distribution, aided by a rear transaxle, produced a car of rare driving balance. Ferrari made 1,284 Daytona coupes between 1968 and 1973.
Meanwhile, time is running out to purchase tickets at a discount. Available now at the AutoShow’s website, www.autoshow.ca, regular $24 tickets can be purchased at a 10 per cent saving until the show opens on Fri., Feb. 16, at the beginning of the three-day-long Family Day Weekend in Ontario.
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. Demand for Media Preview Day access on February 15th for the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow has been high – please note that media interested in attending are required to pre-register at www.autoshow.ca/media-registration for all accreditation requests. About Cobble Beach
The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an annual event held against the stunning natural background on the shores of Georgian Bay, following in the tradition of Concours d’Elegance that once paraded horse-drawn carriages through the parks of 17th
- century Paris. Participating cars are only permitted to show every four years, so the Concours has an entirely new stable of prestigious cars to wow regular visitors each year. The Cobble Beach community in Ontario is a perfect fit for the lifestyle these vehicles evoke, with its award-winning golf course and lush landscapes.About the Canadian International AutoShow
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles. Nearly 340,000 attended the 2017 show.
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