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With The Automobile's event exclusively for unrestored cars, the Oily Rag Run, drawing ever nearer, it seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at a truly Oily Rag conservation story. This rare 1935 Ford 22hp coupé was found by owner David Acon in 2012 in the USA. Discovering it was originally an English-market car, he bought the Ford and had it shipped back home. Instead of embarking on a full restoration, he had the mechanical parts rebuilt and renewed, including a full engine rebuild, and carefully conserved the paintwork and interior in their original state.
As expected, there are some age-related scuffs and the moth has been at the seats, but overall the condition is amazingly good. David discovered why when researching the car's history: owned from new by a doctor who died in 1940, the Ford was put into storage by his widow, where it remained until 1962. After the engine was damaged in the harsh winter of 1962-63, it was again taken off the road, where it remained until 2012, meaning this rare survivor has spent more of its life off the road than on it. Read the full story of its discovery and renovation in the latest issue of The Automobile, which is out now.
(photographs by Tom Pilston)
Right. Holiday is over and we’re going back to work. Well, okay – just one more look back at Pebble Beach before we do just that. Now, there was quite a lot that impressed. How about a Bentley Speed Six with drophead coupe body by Saoutchik. Yes – a Bentley! Or that gorgeous little 1913 Peugeot L45 racer in between all that big machinery and century-old BIS Mercedes racers.
But it’s this image of a string of 1929/1930 front wheel driven Ruxton Sedans at the prestigious concours that stays with us above all. To see one of those crazy multi-coloured creatures is something you won’t forget soon – but four of them! We learned that this unusual colour scheme was designed by art-deco architect Joseph Urban to lengthen the appearance of the car through broad bands of white intermixed with vivid colours. Certainly a most daring feature to put on the market in the middle of the big crisis…
(Picture courtesy Kimball Studios)
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