1934 Duesenberg J-370 Convertible, originally owned by Hollywood actress Mae West. Photographed at the 2013 Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance, San Rafael, Ca.
1932 Packard 903 Deluxe Eight Sport Phaeton, originally owned by Hollywood actress Jean Harlow. The car has been restored with two tone paint and white walls but it is the same car as seen in the b/w photos with Jean Harlow. Photographed at the 2013 Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance, San Rafael, Ca.
Jean Harlow (1934) by George Hurrell
1961 Cooper T56 Mark II Formula Junior - Steve McQueen VIN:FJ-2-62 1961 - Cooper Works' Formula Junior European Championship winner 1962 - Owned and raced by Steve McQueen to several wins in California in 1962. Fully restored by Hardy Hall in England to race-ready condition. Photographed at the 2013 Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance, San Rafael, Ca.
This is the restored 1969 Porsche 917K (chassis no. 917-015) that won the 1970 24 hrs of Daytona. Driven by Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico, Leo Kinnunen of Finland and Englishman Brian Redman, the No. 2 John Wyer Gulf Porsche 917 dominated the 1970 Rolex 24 at Daytona winning by 45 laps over its sister car, the No. 1 Gulf Porsche 917. Powered by a 5.0 liter, 12 cylinder DOHC engine, 630 horsepower @ 8400rpm, wt.1750 lbs., top speed 220 mph. The 917 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and was immortalized by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans. Photographed at the Tiburon, Ca. Classic Car Show, June 2012.
1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, winner of Best in Show Concours d' Elegance at the 2012 Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance. This car features a 4.5-liter, triple overhead cam, aluminum, 12-cylinder engine with three downdraft Solex carburetors and coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi, One of only two built, this car was chosen by the French Government to represent France at the 1939 New York World's Fair, where it caused a sensation.
1938 Talbot-Lago 'Special' T150 C SS "Goutte d'Eau" Coupe photographed at the 2012 Marin-Sonoma Concours d' Elegance. Goutte d'Eau means "teardrop" in French. Handbuilt by the Paris Coachbuilding Firm, Figoni & Falaschi (Italian designers). One of the most expensive cars of it's era; only 16 were made in the teardrop coupe style. These cars could reach 140 mph and some were raced at LeMans. The "C" stands for "course" or "competition" (i.e. racecar). A true masterpiece of aerodynamic design and craftsmanship. These rare cars sell at auction for well over 3 million dollars. Hear what it sounds like...video.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Some historic Indy racers photographed at the Marin Sonoma Concours d' Elegance. The no.17 Cooper Climax car was driven by Jack Brabham in the 1961 race and began the era of rear-engine Indy cars.
Interesting piece of automotive history. The Tatra was a revolutionary, Czechoslovakian made, aerodynamic automobile that was introduced in 1936. Designed by Hans Ledwinka, it was the pioneer of air-cooled, rear-engine autos and was way ahead of it's time with features like aerodynamic styling and four wheel independent suspension. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche based the VW Beetle's pancake, four cylinder, air-cooled engine on the Tatra and the 1948 American made Tucker featured a similar Cyclops third headlight and an air-cooled, pancake rear-engine. The large rear air scoops on the Tatra cooled the engine. Note the elegant "dorsal" fin. Photographed at the Marin Sonoma Concours d' Elegance.
© Joseph Greco