Gilmore Car Museum - Part 2a: Room2

As promised, this is Room 2 of the Gilmore Car Museum. Most cars in this area are from the late 20's to late 30's. This 1936 Packard Dietrich Convertible Victoria was the first car on the left in room 2. The car has such a presence, I had to stare at it for a minute. This car had it's chassis, complete with a 384 c.i.d. V12 making 175hp, and a 139" wheel base, built in Detroit. The coachwork was all done by Dietrich Body Company in Detroit. This is one of 27 examples.

This car, just a few inches from the Packard was this, a 1938 Cadillac Imperial Convertible Sedan. If the packard had a big presence, this car was the Spotlight. 154" wheelbase, 185hp to the rear wheels via a massive 452 Cubic Inch V-16 engine. Most impressively, though, is that this car was designed by one Harley Earl, who went on to design the Corvette.

This car was a special car for me to see. This 1935 Auburn 851SC Boat Tail Speedster was my favorite car as a child. I had (Still Have) a Hot Wheels version of this car. 

Powered by a 280 cubic inch Supercharged Inline-8 engine making 150hp, this car is prime example of streamlining. This car is gorgeous. From this view, you can see why the car was called the "Boat-Tail" Speedster.

This 1939 Packard V-12 Rumble Seat Coupe was a rather imposing car. Like with any luxury car from this time period, it demands a presence that is largely unseen in modern cars. I'd say the only cars that demand this much presence are the super-high-end luxury cars from Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Maybach-Mercedes.

This 1937 Studebaker Coupe-Express pickup just screams classic Americana. Powered by a 217 cubic inch, 86hp Inline 6 engine, it was the Sierra Denali of it's time.

I've seen a few of these done up in a more hot-rod or Low-Rider style, but never in stock form. The lines on the rear fenders are gorgeous.

This 1936 Ford 4-door Phaeton was a bit of an understated car. It seemed to blend in, much like a modern Ford does. It's 3.6L V8 made 85hp.

And Finally, to finish up part 2a, this 1935 ford Standard Business Coupe is a very common starting point for "Kustom" car builders. Often seen chopped, channeled, frenched and such. But seeing one in original condition is unheard of. It was a nice car to see.

Keep checking back for more Gilmore coverage.

-Phil