Be sure to stop by theoldmotor.com where we have been featuring The Alden Handy collection of classic car photos which you will be sure to enjoy.
T-Head-- Thanks for posting these charming photos from www.theoldmotor.com, a wonderful site where it's easy to while away much time. So many of these are the sort of cars that've been overshadowed in recent years, or worse-- overrestored in garish concours color. Love the description of the MIT prof's Phantom I snapped in 1947, in "....soft, dark forest green..."
When was the last car you saw a CCCA Full Classic finished in "soft, dark forest green?" And the Delage D8 is lovely. It likely exists today, coated with requisite concours color.
Note neither of these quietly elegant, road-hungry cars have whitewalls . Only one of the pictured cars is so shod, and look how tacky, loud, garish it looks contrasted with the others.
Why o why aren't more CCCA Classics restored, preserved with such original look, aura? It's as easy as selecting a color like "soft, forest green," claret, indigo, ordering blackwall tires, forgetting the fog/driving lights, which you rarely saw, then.
So easy. Less is more. When will people learn?
The MG-TC isn't a Classic, of course. But was there ever a cleaner, jauntier car? You can't alter a single line.
The Phantom II EX-25 touring car is hysterical. Those nervous louvers must be intended to cool the frame.
Many thanks, T-Head. These pictures are of the sort of casual elegance that drew many of us to Classic cars, and are all but gone today.
How do I find Aldens collection,,can't find the button
Oh yes,,,Prof Keyes was a perfectionist ,,
Its '''' Frederick G Keyes please,, ,,,and his P-II has its own crate for when it returns for tuneups,,,,,Yes,,Alden was fussy too,,,Fond memories,,,Ben
I mostly agree with the comments about avoiding non-stock hues and loading cars up with extra driving lights, trunk racks, etc., but c'mon, let's not get all apoplectic about whitewalls. Sometimes, even the *drivers* wore them :
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