Oct 04 2014

Supercars.net: Gallery of the Chrysler’s Chrysler at the Pebble Beach Tour and Concours d’Elegance

Supercars.net has posted at profile and gallery of the 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 LeBaron Town Car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance and the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 LeBaron Town Car -First in Class

This 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car is a unique seven passenger limousine that was custom built by LeBaron for Walter P. Chrysler as a gift for his wife Della. It is believed to be the first automobile with spring-loaded, power-assisted rear windows and door locks. The car was inherited by Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, daughter of Walter and Della, and has her initials painted on the rear doors. The car has a straight-8-cylinder engine delivering 130 hp and a three-speed transmission with overdrive. The car is nearly 20 feet long and over 6 feet wide. The beautifully appointed interior is a perfect example of late 1930s automotive luxury with wood panelling and fitted accessories. In 1959 the car was donated to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum; its current owner acquired the car in 2012, and it has just been restored. Images by Richard Michael Owen.


Howard Kroplick

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Second in Class

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve Coupe

Just five of the 1933 1005 Twelve Coupes were made, and now only two are known to exist. The V12-engined cars featured sporting lines, a golf door, and a rumble seat, which it shared with the Convertible Coupe. This is the fourth Coupe built and it has a history that dates back to October 27, 1933, when it was sold new to Earle C. Anthony’s Packard distributor in Los Angeles. Image by Richard Michael Owen

Third in Class

1935 Cadillac 370D Fleetwood Town Cabriolet

Among the 377 Cadillac V-12s built in 1935, this is the only surviving example of the eight original 5725 LBs (the LB in the style designation stands for “leather back”). It was originally bought by Julian Leigh for his wife Mae. After a series of “driving incidents,” Leigh hired a chauffeur to ensure Mae’s safe arrival at her destinations. After many miles the car was mothballed and put away. Its second owners, Jack and Carol Frank of California, had the car restored in the 1970s by Hill and Vaughn, and they showed it all over the United States, winning countless awards, including a First in Class at Pebble Beach in 1977. Since 2004, its current owners have carried on the tradition of showing and sharing this car. Image by Richard Michael Owen.

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Oct 04 2014 Ted 10:21 PM

Howard, I can’t take it anymore, Now I just have to see the car, the pictures are just out of this world, unbelievable, outstanding and whatever else I can say. I still don’t know if I’ll be able to see it before the end of the year. I should know by Wednesday which day I can see it. You’re showing it two more times right? at the Americana and the Cradle Of Aviation

Oct 05 2014 Phil 11:37 AM

The picture of the interior above brought to my attention for the first time the presence of “two” gear shifts. Can you please tell me about the transmission?
Thank you. The car Is just a fantastic piece of art.
From Howard Kroplick

Phil, it has a 3-speed manual transmission with an automatic overdrive.

Oct 05 2014 Ted 11:25 PM

Phil and Howard, I knew that it has a 3 speed manual with overdrive, but didn’t know about the other gear shift to put it into overdrive until now, not even when I saw it before it was restored. Not that I’m doubting it, did it originally have 2 shifts? and I think you or John told me that you have to double cluch

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