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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Seven: Prestige Cars


On to the luxury automobiles at the Samsung Museum, and there are some lovely ones. Might as well take them in chronological order.

1935 Cadillac V-12 Aerocoupe
1935 Cadillac V-12 Aerocoupe by Kate Tompkins

This is a gorgeous car—makes me think of gangsters and prohibition. Love the waterfall grille and the rear fenders. It wasn’t actually top-of-the-line at the time as Cadillac also made a V-16. Neither of them sold in huge quantities as few were willing or able to buy expensive cars during the Depression.
1935 Cadillac V-12 Aerocoupe by Kate Tompkins

HowStuffWorks suggests that people found them “socially inappropriate” and preferred the V-8 models. If you want lots more details, check out their website. They say the V-12 put out 135 horsepower and would cost you between $4,000 and $5,000, which was a lot of money at the time—more than the price of a house.

1952 Daimler DE-36 Fixed Head Coupe
1952 Daimler DE-36 Fixed Head Coupe by Kate Tompkins

This was a stunning car. Unfortunately it was positioned so that it was hard to get photos, which is too bad because I really wanted to show off the paint job. The cream-coloured section is actually covered in a tiny gold floral—I’ve never seen anything like it. Once again we have a waterfall grille. Though I associate Daimler with German cars, according to Wikipedia these were built in the UK by the Daimler Motor Company with a license to use the Daimler name. Founded in 1896 and technically still in existence, they’re Britain’s oldest car manufacturer. Daimler limousines have been used for driving kings and queens, both British and other. The paint job on this one makes me wonder if it might be one of them.

1953 Austin Princess Limousine
1953 Austin Princess Limousine by Kate Tompkins

What a surprise to see a limousine in red! I like it. According to Wikipedia, this was Austin’s top of the line, and I don’t doubt it. Surprisingly for a car this size, there’s only a straight six under the hood. The Austin Princess will do 90 mph, but it takes a while to get there, with 0-60 being achieved in 20 seconds. The limo version, as tested by The Motor magazine, had a top speed of 79 mph and did 0-60 in 23.3 seconds. Speed wasn’t really the point, though. I hear they were popular as wedding cars. Probably still are, if you can actually find one.
1953 Austin Princess Limousine by Kate Tompkins

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