Posts Tagged ‘USA’

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Car of the Month III

August 6, 2008

We know that its been a while since we lasted posted our Car of the Month.

To make it up to you, we bring you something that’s extremely rare in our collection.

The World Famous 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow.

“This Car Was Part Of The Harrah’s Auto Collection From The 1960’s To 1987 And Was Restored In Their Restoration Facility”

Not many are not well acquainted with the Piece Arrow brand, let alone know that there are a few brooding about here in the UAE as well. For those of you who want to become more familiar, please do visit our Encyclopedia section.

RAE has been up close and personal with a few V8 Cabriolets here in the UAE, but for reasons pertaining to privacy, are not able to post them.

Nevertheless, we bring you what has been touted on several occasions for the past 6 decades as one of the most important and simultaneously delectable collaborations of Metal, Rubber and Human Effort in car history.

This car is currently not for sale anywhere in the World except the Middle East via the Rolling Art Emporium.

It is only 1 of 5 cars produced in 1933, out of which only 3 remain in the World today. 

Born out of a meeting between PA Vice President Roy Faulkner and his designer friend Phillip Wright who had conceived an automobile with a totally new appearance – based on wind tunnel experiments and developments.

Twin spare wheels are concealed in the front wings, while the rear wheels were hidden bheind skirts.

Their rear compartments were fitted with a duplicate set of instruments.

The asking price for the production cars at the time – a staggering USD 10,000

It took three months and thirty skilled men to build the five cars, mostly by hand.

Here is what another source has to say about the car at the time:

“In 1933, Pierce-Arrow unveiled the radically streamlined Silver Arrow in a final attempt to appeal to the wealthy at the New York Auto Show. The car was well received by the public and the motoring press, being announced with the slogan “Suddenly it’s 1940!” Pierce sold five examples but, since it was priced at $10,000 during the worst of the depression, the rich were hesitant to spend so much. The bodies were built at Studebaker, which subsequently assisted in rolling out a lower-priced production model. This, however, lacked many luxury features of the show car and still failed to generate enough sales.”

Engine: v12, L Head

Transmission: 3 speed manual

Brakes: drums all round, servo assisted

Top Speed: 115 MPH (approx.)

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The Founder of TVR Passes Away. RIP Trevor Wilkinson.

August 6, 2008

AS REPORTED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES:

A legend in his own right.

Trevor Wilkinson, the founder of TVR, the small British carmaker known for nimble little sports cars that early owners often assembled from a kit, died on June 6 in Minorca, Spain. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by Marshall Moore, the president of the TVR Car Club of North America.

The soft-spoken Mr. Wilkinson built his first car in 1947 as a race special and incorporated TVR Engineering (later simply TVR) the next year. The company name was a shortened version of his first name. In later years, the company was known for producing extroverted cars with outlandish names like Sagaris (a Persian-era battle-axe) and Cerbera (a derivative of Cerberus, the three-headed hound of hell).

Nothing resembling regular production began until the late 1950s, by which time Mr. Wilkinson had come up with the formula that served TVR well for the next several decades: a light tube chassis draped with oddly styled fiberglass bodywork. Mechanical components were a mishmash of parts from larger British manufacturers.

It all worked surprisingly well; early TVRs, while generally cramped and uncomfortable to drive on the street, proved to be capable weekend club racers. Because of a loophole in the British tax laws, TVRs of this era were available fully assembled or as a kit.

After the loophole was closed in 1970, most TVRs came fully assembled.

Mr. Wilkinson left the company in 1962, and TVR was sold to Martin Lilly in 1965.

Under Mr. Lilly’s stewardship, the company began to make an impression among American sports car enthusiasts.

From the start of regular production in the mid-1950s until 2006, TVR produced fewer than 30,000 cars, Mr. Moore estimated.

Mr. Wilkinson stayed in touch with TVR’s small fan base in the United States. He often attended club events, including the annual gathering of the TVR Car Club of North America. Mr. Moore said Mr. Wilkinson had been bemused by the size of the gatherings and the popularity of the cars in America and had admired the cars built by TVR’s subsequent owners.

The future of TVR is uncertain, with its factory in Blackpool closed since late 2006; there have been several failed attempts by the current owner, Nikolai Smolenski, to restart production or to sell the company .

Mr. Wilkinson was not married and had been living in retirement in Spain at his death.

http://www.tvr.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVR

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America in recession? I dont think so says Classic Car market…

August 6, 2008

Many are of the opinion that buying classic cars in the US would be the best thing for people outside its four walls at this point in time.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

At a time when many say that the USA is going into recession, the classic car market has not been recorded at a stronger point in the last 12 months, especially with the most recent auction results.

Sure, there may be certain distress sales, but when your talking about pure classics and muscle, you better bring a good bank account with you to the table, as the bidding is going through the roof. Alternatively, if you have been sitting and converting your hard earned cash into Euros – you bet well and can buy more.

SCM and its analysts have a great few things to say about what is and what isn’t hitting the mark in terms of estimates for certain Hemi packed cars or Cobra stinging AC’s  going up on the auction block. Have a look at what they have to say here in an article entitled “Recession Proof Muscle Cars”

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/1429

If you need more convincing, how about a $ 1 Million Ford while youy here? Think I’m joking? Think again. Have a look here:

http://money.cnn.com/video/#/video/fortune/2008/03/13/fortune.callaway.ford.fortune

But to top it all off, a ginger haired ex- Radio DJ from UK has gone and done what no man has done before. That is to buy a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder for over $ 11 Million (previously owned by a certain J Coburn). The Internet still burns with stories covering the event itself. No doubt, the man loves his cars, but paid perhaps a tad too much we think.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/19/1961-ferrari-california-spyder-sells-for-record-10-894-900/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/motoringNews/idUKNOA03787520080520

http://www.luxurylaunches.com/auctions/ferrari_fetches_11_million_at_an_auction.php

There have been numerous records set and many broken this year, in fact so many, I didn’t want to list them just yet.

 We do still have 5 months left in 2008 and I will post the most exciting ones for last.

Till then,

Enjoy.

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The Worlds Largest Car Auction – Kruse 2007

December 22, 2007

This year, the Rolling Art Emporium went to have a look at the worlds largest collector car auction.

 A spectacle that lasted nearly a week, with 6000 cars (those were just the ones for sale….) and 500 acres of other goodies to have a look at.

In what can only be described as an event of a lifetime – RAE brings you all the pictures in this multi-part special that took place a few months back.

PART I on Facebook

PART II on Facebook

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More to come!

Best Regards,

The Rolling Art Emporium