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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Eleven: The Classics continued

Here are the remaining three vehicles the museum considers classics because they’re handmade and rare.

1923 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake
1923 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake by Kate Tompkins

Yes, a Rolls woodie, built for carrying shooting parties or shuttling house party guests to and from ye old stately manor. Seems to be a few of them online, of various vintages, many of them for sale. I suspect the upkeep could be a factor—the insurance alone would be too much for most of us. You can get an idea of prices at vintagerollsroycecars. The day I looked, a 1928 shooting brake was available for a mere £180,000.

1927 Bugatti Type 38A Phaeton
1927 Bugatti Type 38A Phaeton by Kate Tompkins

Was there ever a Bugatti built that wasn’t a classic? Or rare, for that matter. There are lots of details (and photos) on various Bugattis at They say only 385 Type 38s were built in all, and of those, only 39 were 38As like this one, distinguished from the others by having a supercharger. Even back then, the Bugatti was a supercar. While this one doesn’t have the elongated teardrop-shaped fenders I associate with Bugatti, it is long, low and lean.
1927 Bugatti Type 38A Phaeton by Kate Tompkins

1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS
1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS by Kate Tompkins

Like other prestige automobiles of the time, the bodies for earlier Alfa Romeos were made by many different coachmakers, including Pininfarina of Ferrari fame. The 6C 2500 was the first built after the war and, according to Wikipedia, was bodied by Alfa itself.
1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS

SS stands for “super sport” and the 2500SS was the top-of-the-line model (excepting the Tipo 256 race car), with a double overhead cam engine with three carburetors. It seemed quite popular with the school group that was touring the museum. You can see a couple of them admiring it in the background of the Bugatti picture. I don't blame them.
1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS by Kate Tompkins

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