Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Shiny objects, part 3

This selection is about as random as it gets, spanning the years between 1895 and 1937. I am so happy none were among the cars on my judging list, as each was magnificent.

First, an 1895 Benz Landaulet, built long bfore Karl Benz had even heard of Miss Mercedes Jellinek...



Thirteen years later, cars had evolved to the point where this massive Pope-Hartford touring car was state-of-the-art...



Ditto for this sporty Simplex two-seat runabout...



The improvements made in design and technology in 31 years are pretty evident when you compare the Benz above with the Mercedes-Benz 200 Cabriolet below...



But the pinnacle of automobile-as-art may be this stunning 1937 Delahaye, with stunning bodywork by Figoni et Falaschi. This, and other F&F creations, represent French design at its absolute best...



One more set of pictures later.

5 comments:

Kim said...

How cool is that last pic?! Thanks for sharing Scrib.

Birdie said...

I love the orange cabriolet!!

emd said...

I could cruise happily in the Pope-Hartford!

lowandslow said...

I've never seen a Delahaye in person. Wow!! That is magnificent. Actually, they all looked spectacular. Thanks, Scirbbs. :)

DAL said...

I love that Delahaye, and just about all of the swoopy cars of that era.