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Old 20th September 2008, 22:13   #1
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These pictures were passed on to me from a very dear friend who visited this museum in USA. Hope you all like it and Guru Harit will educate and give more details of the car. All credit to my friend for the pictures.
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Just a series of pictures. Will proceed further after receiving comments from fellow members.
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I think that is the "pimp mobile" of the 1900's!! Look at those rims!! Puts the Huge Bling Spinners on an escalade to shame.

Anywyas, coming back to the point, Was "American" an actual company that produced cars in the early 1900's??

Edit: anyone saw the S AMG in the First Picture??

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This should lead to more posts of cars at museums all over the world.
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A lot has changed since your friend visited the Blackhawk. The American & the Aston have been replaced with a BMW and an Alfa. The American & Aston have been auctioned off.

I have around 190 pictures taken at the BlackHawk in June this year. I need to figure out an easier way to upload these since the task is heavily time consuming.
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A lot has changed since your friend visited the Blackhawk. The American & the Aston have been replaced with a BMW and an Alfa. The American & Aston have been auctioned off.

I have around 190 pictures taken at the BlackHawk in June this year. I need to figure out an easier way to upload these since the task is heavily time consuming.
I find the task of resizing,scanning very tedious and time consuming too. It will be interesting if you start posting pictures of the same collection,look forward to it. If I remember, my pictures are atleast 2/3 years old ?
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I wonder if the paint schemes are correct for the period ?
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Some cars I have seen are painted more to the owners liking.
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Maybe we should have a separate thread for restoration standards and global comparision.
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Even with limited access , some of the restorations in the country are amazing
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It is just the last few years, with the advent of internet that we have access to information and parts.
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For our very dear friend - DKG
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Would love to hear some comments before I post further.
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These Darrins were amongst the most glamourous convertible coupes ever to grace Packards. Howard "Dutch" Darrin setup shop in Hollywood to alter Packards and create these beautiful coupe's. Clark Gable had a 1938 Darrin. Packard eventually had to acknowledge the styling genious of Darrin and incorporated the Darrin series as its official offering. It was also his initial design that ended up on the Clipper series in 1942. He apparently wasn't too happy with what Packard did to that design but you can tell the Clippers had that flowing design so typical of Darrin Packards.

This particular car though a 1939 had its front end upgraded by the owner to a 1941's front. 1941 was the first year when headlights went flush into the fenders for Packards. The decline in sales had started to set in and though Packard was one of the first companies to plunge into the WWII assistance through production of the Merlin engines it never was able to find its place post 1946 and finally faded away by 1957.

I personally like the Darrins where the bonnet was lowered too. Some Darrins especially in 1941 and 42 had the taller hood if I recall reading correctly.

An old Raja once mentioned seeing Maharani Gayatri Devi in a Darrin Packard during her visit to Ooty. Later when I checked with Manvendra Singh he said possibly a standard convertible coupe was mistaken for a Darrin and he didn't recall any Darrins coming to India.

BTW its the same Darrin who did the Hyderabad Duesenberg with Fernandez in Paris

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Thanks for the information DKG
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