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
As a tribute to the biggest Bentley engine, the famous 6.75 litre version powering the luxurious Mulsanne limousines, the Bentley 6.75 chronograph from Breitling ramps up the power and the audacity in an entirely black-clad limited series.
This midnight-hued livery, achieved by a special ultra-resistant carbon-based treatment, enhances the sporting style of the satin-brushed steel case with its taut, dynamic lines and its knurled bezel inspired by Bentley’s famous radiator grilles.
The dial also exudes dark elegance, enhanced by a vertical open-worked motif offering a glimpse of the movement.
The caseback springs its own surprise, since the five-spoke motif reprising the distinctive design of Bentley wheel rims also appears in black against the metallic background. The selfwinding chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), is distinguished by its original “large aperture calendar” system displaying the date in a highly readable manner via two distinct indicators: one for the tens and the other for the units.
Issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, the Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon comes on a rubber strap with a central raised motif echoing that of the bezel. Sheer class, clad in black and signed Breitling for Bentley.
Source: Breitlingforbentley.com you can also see the Breitling for Bentley Barnato 42 here on Scaleogy.com
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