Author: Carl Bomstead

1912 Kissel Kar Model D-11 Semi-Racer

One of several businesses created in the early 1900s under the ownership of the entrepreneurial Kissel family of Hartford, WI, was the Kissel Motor Car Company. The first Kissel Kar was manufactured in 1905, a 4-cylinder runabout with shaft drive. The earliest cars were bodied by a sleigh manufacturer and […]

1933 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan

“The Marmon Sixteen looks like no other car. It borrows little from the past. It will lend much to the future. It is the one example of unhampered coordination of effort by artist and engineer.” — Marmon advertising, 1931 The model Sixteen debuted in 1931. Extensive use of aluminum in […]

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible

Dual-Ghia’s allure is more than its sheer exclusivity or the intrigue of an American-Italian co-production. It’s the style, the overcome-the-impossible swagger and Rat Pack panache. Very few concept cars in history have made it to production, but thanks to Eugene Casaroll’s tenacity, this one did and it’s every bit the […]

1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” Torpedo

The most famous design from Pasadena, CA, coachbuilder Walter M. Murphy, the Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe saw production of about 25 examples, all with the distinctive convertible top that hid neatly within the smooth rear deck when lowered. Yet there is a much rarer machine, the “Disappearing […]

1954 Kaiser-Darrin

The Kaiser-Darrin was America’s first production fiberglass sports car, with its prototype debuting in fall 1952 — just ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette (although production did not begin until 1954). It was powered by the reliable Willys 161-cubic inch “Hurricane” F-head 6-cylinder engine, and its design became a legend of […]

1955 Hudson Italia

Always one for creative thinking, Hudson designer Frank Spring thought he had just the right idea to improve sales of the small Jet. Spring worked with Italian coachbuilder Touring to design the Super Jet, a prototype that looked like nothing else on American roads in 1953, with its wraparound windshield, […]

1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster

Twice certified Category 1 by the ACD Club CCCA Senior and National First Prize winner Supercharged “SC” model with Columbia rear axle One of the most stunning body styles of any era Meticulously restored with original components in the late 1990s

1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by Murphy

Offered from 30 years of enthusiast ownership Original short-wheelbase chassis, engine and coachwork Equipped with a supercharger built using original components Featured in Beverly Rae Kimes’ The Classic Car: The Ultimate Book About the World’s Grandest Automobiles Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible

Offered from the Gernatt Collection 275-hp, 352-ci V8 automatic Frame-off restoration 2016 White Jade, Zircon, Sapphire Power windows, seat, top, steering and brakes Clock and Wonder Bar radio Chrome wires, shod with wide whitewalls Packard’s most deluxe model for 1955 and one of only 500 produced  

1952 Muntz Jet

In 1949, Frank Kurtis started building an aluminum-bodied 2-seater sports car under his own name. However, by 1950 he sold the operation to Earl Muntz, who made his fortune selling used cars to returning servicemen, as well as Kaisers and Frazers along with his Muntz television sets. He was known […]