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Sharp-eyed readers will remember Grace Valentine appearing here on Valentine’s day 2013 inviting you to identify the car – a 1920 Packard twin six roadster.
As always, the comments section produced accurate replies and extras. We learned of her successful career as an actress, but nobody offered this hand-coloured picture so here she is in glorious technicolour, just as such an attractive lady deserves.
(Text Robin Batchelor, picture courtesy SHORPY)
Early in the American summer concours season is the Concours of America at St John's, Plymouth, Michigan. According to our on location witness JP Vandebundt it's getting better and better every year. And there's good reason he's using those two words as by tradition this concours is selecting not one but two best of show cars. One US made car and one of foreign manufacture. The first - not very surprising - a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Murphy and a lot less obvious, not because of the fact that it's a Bugatti T57C, but because of the much lesser known roadster body by Voll & Ruhrbeck. This superb restoration by our friends of Classic & Exotic Service in sharp contrast with the well taken care for but very much unrestored 1910 Maytag Runabout pictured above. But contrast is what we like. Check the ex- Al Capone the Duesenberg formerly owned by Al Capone's lawyer ( yes, crime pays well!) and the 1924 Isotta Fraschini by LeBaron (looks almost like a Stutz) presented by our reporter JP. Some more St John spectacular? Check this post-war space gear.
(photos JP 'Victorycars' Vandebundt)
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