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Friday, May 11, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Four: First Floor Lobby Gallery cont’d

Here are the last three of the cars so beautiful they’re art from the lobby of South Korea’s Samsung Museum.

1949 Delahaye 178

1949 Delahaye 178 by Kate Tompkins

1949 Delahaye 178 by Kate Tompkins
I wasn’t so sure if the Mercer qualified as art, but I have no doubts about this baby. Another one of the same colour, formerly belonging to Elton John, is in Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum. According to www.barthworks.com, the Delahaye was state-of the-art for its time. Still looks pretty good today.


1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible by K Tompkins

1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible by K Tompkins
This is basically a Volkswagen Beetle with Italian styling. I know the Ghia gets slagged a lot, at least in the CarTown forums, but I’ve always liked it. Probably because I’m judging on looks, not power. According to Wikipedia, its engine only put out 60 hp. But, hey, like the Sunbeam Tiger before it, it was good enough for secret agent Maxwell Smart.



1957 Cadillac Eldorado

1957 Cadillac Eldorado by Kate Tompkins

1957 Cadillac Eldorado by Kate Tompkins

1957 Cadillac Eldorado by Kate Tompkins
Gotta love the big old Caddies, though it’s hard to tell the front bumper from the back on this thing. Note the wrap-around windshield and the baby fins (at least from the side view). This black beauty looks like it should run on rocket fuel.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting your photos. My crew and I performed this frame-off restoration of this 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham for the Chairman of Samsung Electronics. Frank Nicodemus

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    1. Wow, I'd love to hear/see more about that. Do you have anything online about it?

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