Thursday, March 19, 2009

1925 "Batmobile"

I saw this 1925 Rolls Royce at the 2006 Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester Hills, Michigan. My first reaction was: Wow! This body was YEARS ahead of its time. Such aerodynamic / streamline design didn't appear until the mid-1930s.

As is usually the case, I was searching the internet for something completely unrelated when I came across the history of this eye-popping treasure. The body was (obviously) not the original of 1925, but built by Jonckheere of Belgium and installed much later by a subsequent owner in 1934. In the 1950s the car was found in a New Jersey junkyard. It was acquired by the Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles) in 2001.

Read the entire tale here (it even has a Detroit connection).

It's things like this that make me really appreciate how special each and every Meadowbrook Concours is. Every year even a schlub like me can feast his eyes (and camera) on such rarities that are surely once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Pin It Now!

1 comment:

Celtic Cat said...

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