Auburn, Indiana was a center of the automobile industry. The Auburn Automobile Company produced three of the most beautiful cars ever designed, the Auburn, the Cord, and the Duesenberg.
The Auburn Boattail Speedsters were a signature design of Al Leamy in the earlier days of the Auburn Automobile Company. Gordon Buehrig, designer of the revolutionary Cord 810, added his own interpretation after Leamy left the company in 1934. August Duesenberg adapted a supercharger to the quiet 8-cylinder side-valve Lycoming engine. That boosted the power-rating from 115hp to 150hp and gave it a satisfying musical whistle into the bargain. The ‘blower’ also to be the pretext for adding those superbly decorative exhaust pipes.
The new car was an immediate hit. Almost without realizing what he was doing, Buehrig had turned out an absolute masterpiece. The jet-set had never seen anything like it.
About 500 of the Auburn 851/852 Speedsters were built during 1935 and 1936.
The Genius Ideas – 1970′s/1980′s
Pasadena, California – The solid gold planet of Beverly Hills. Two veterans from the Hollywood studios found California Custom Coach Inc.
Back In Style – 2010′s
Fast forward to 2010. California Custom Coach was only remembered for the cars built in the 1970s and 1980s. What stuck was a reputation for being the best reproduction car maker in the industry.
Over a year was spent in research and development, designing a brand new chassis, modernizing the design, and setting-up production.
The result: a more rigid and better balanced chassis; modern powertrains fitted to the car; reliable and high-performing engines and transmissions; top of the line custom gauges; a/c comfort; and a premium sound system. All added to the beauty and quality of that splendid machine. Last but not least, unique and real functioning ceramic-coated headers, just like the original.
What was not changed is California Custom Coach’s tradition to use only the best materials: each made to order car uses several full hides of Connolly Leather, hand-stitched by highly skilled craftsmen; the 100% Wilton wool carpets are hand cut and installed. The soft top headers are hand carved and polished of solid pieces of oak. This attention to detail will never be matched by any production line.
California Custom Coach today operates out of North Texas with offices in Las Colinas, Texas and production in Cleburne, Texas. Marketing activities for North and South America are also located in Texas.
Western and Eastern European sales, as well as sales to the Middle East are conducted from the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
For more information, visit our website. www.California-Custom-Coach.com
Do you love Monaco? Who doesn’t right, it’s a pretty awesome place. Well imagine this a yacht based on the streets of Monaco.
The staggering 155m Streets of Monaco yacht is expected to cost over $1.1 billion to build and is modelled on a section of Monte Carlo, Monaco.
A LAVISH new yacht recreating the billionaire’s playground of Monaco is set to become the world’s most expensive yacht.
Currently in the design stage, the super-ship will feature smaller versions of the state’s famous landmarks such as the Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts, a cinema, a go kart track and a Hotel de Paris.
Instead of traditional decks the one-of-a-kind ship will have buildings, and instead of a swimming platform it will have a beach.
Travellers will also spot waterfalls, a swim-in Jacuzzi-bar, helicopters and submarines on board.
The one-of a kind ship could be home to 16 guests and 70 crew with the main apartment spread over three floors and 445 sq m.
Linking upper and lower living areas is the Atrium – featuring seven guest suites, a bathroom, bedroom, dressing room, reception and balcony.
The idea for the super-boat, designed by Yacht Island Design, was sparked by car racing and developed into something more innovative.
“It is basically a floating city,” company director Rob McPherson said.
“The design theme called for a unique yacht that reflected the style and sophistication of the principality.
“We want to create a truly unique environment that could take the principality of Monaco to the ocean.”
The ship will exceed the $1 billion price tag reportedly paid by Roman Abramovich for his Eclipse yacht.
A second creation by Yacht Island Design will be a smaller 85-metre yacht based on a Pacific Island theme.
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