Style & Culture
Fri Oct 25 2013 15:51:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
French billionaire Bernard Arnault and U.S. financier Henry Kravis browsed France’s largest art fair as a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting and a wrecked Ferrari were among early big-ticket sales last night.
Bertrand Lavier’s 1993 found-object sculpture “Dino,” consisting of a written-off Ferrari Dino GT4, was among the quirkier objects at FIAC in Paris. It sold for $250,000. The Basquiat work was bought by an unidentified Greek collector for slightly less than $5 million.
Sun Aug 04 2013 15:21:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
“It Corners Like It’s on Rails” – A Special 1955 Buick Special:
We can’t say for sure who first equipped road-going automobiles with railroad wheels for use as track inspection cars, but these shots of a Pierce-Arrow and a Chrysler Imperial from The Old Motor show that the idea went back quite some time. Their primary purpose was to allow supervisors and executives to travel the right of way to spot potential problems on the line in a way that didn’t tie up a locomotive and crew, who would otherwise be at work generating revenue for the railroad.
The two examples in the above links are typical of the early vehicles of this type that were built in the company shops. However, their design limited them to use on rails only. When companies like Evans introduced retractable wheel sets in the mid-1930′s like the ones on this Buick that allowed highway and rail travel, it didn’t take long for railroad management to recognize the benefit of this versatility and adapt them to both inspection and maintenance vehicles. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Ames Collection .
Sat Jul 20 2013 03:04:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
ACD Museum in Auburn, Indiana is more than just, well, ACD cars. The facility hosts a number of car clubs year 'round including this visit from a local chapter of station wagon collectors. Ah, those rear face seats!