Three from the Thirties
Classic Cars from the Heartland
On view through November 20, 2016
The Snite Museum of Art will place on view three luxury automobiles manufactured in the Midwest during the Great Depression.
The three automobiles in this exhibition are Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) approved classics and two have won awards at juried, classic-car competitions. The 1938 Packard convertible coupe received a frame-off restoration by LaVine Restorations, Inc., Nappanee, Indiana, and took first place in its class in the prestigious August 2016, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The three automobiles featured in the exhibition are:
1) 1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet
Known as the “James Cagney car,” this automobile was featured in the Warner Brothers movie entitled The Mayor from Hell, starring Cagney. The Salon was Auburn Automobile Company’s top-of-the-line model and it competed against other luxury brands of its day, including Packard.
2) 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria, with custom interior by Raymond Dietrich
This automobile has won awards at America’s three most prestigious classic automobile competitions: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, St. Johns Concours d’Elegance of America, and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
3) 1938 Packard 1607–1139 Twelve Convertible Coupe