|1910 Simplex 50hp with body by Holbrook (from the author's collection)|
Well, I have to start out with an apology to all you faithful blog readers out there - I've been away from the blog for too long! The end of the year has turned out to be a very busy time for me as I help coordinate the Arizona Concours d'Elegance and assist certain of the auction companies.
However, the Concours is shaping up to be a fantastic event. I hope anyone planning on coming to Arizona in January will schedule time for the Concours - to be held the first Sunday of the week (January 12th) at the Bilmore Hotel. If you haven't purchased your tickets, go to: http://www.arizonaconcours.com.
Additionally, if you haven't looked at the auction catalogs, I encourage you to do so as there are some fantastic cars being offered this year. Some of my favorites are: Gooding & Co's wonderful 1933 Rolls-Royce PII (a Springfield car) with a Brewster Sports Saloon body: http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1933-rolls-royce-phantom-ii-sports-saloon. I believe it is one of three such cars bodied in this style - sometimes referred to as a closed Newmarket. This car wears the later, signature Brewster side sweep and door handles - fantastic.
RM Auctions is featuring a lovely 1915 Pierce-Arrow model 48 Touring and a beautiful 1916 Stutz Bulldog Touring: http://rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1064204. Similar to the Bearcat, the Bulldog "Special" is a longer wheelbase car with the distinctive body separation between the front and rear seats - very handsome.
Our friends at Bonhams have really worked hard to field a significant group of early cars. Not often seen at auction, they have a wonderful 1910 Simplex 50hp Toy Tonneau bodied by Holbrook, as well as the ex-William Harrah 1910 Thomas-Flyer model 6-40 Touring: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21392/. Not quite as large as the model 6-70, the 6-40 is said to be fast and powerful all the same. Incredible to see these two cars in the same sale.
Bring on the New Year!