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NETHER_110727_007.JPG: 1937 Talbot Lago
NETHER_110727_026.JPG: 1957 Corvette
NETHER_110727_032.JPG: 1932 Lincoln
NETHER_110727_039.JPG: 1923 Hispano Suiza
NETHER_110727_060.JPG: 1933 American Austin
NETHER_110727_071.JPG: 1948 MG
NETHER_110727_077.JPG: 1976 Porsche
NETHER_110727_082.JPG: 1932 FOrd
NETHER_110727_087.JPG: 1932 Ford (Roadster)
NETHER_110727_098.JPG: Automotive Mascots
Mascots added the final flourish to most automobiles made in the first half of the twentieth century. Mascots, also called hood ornaments, adorned automobiles almost from their earlier conception and allowed the owner to add a personal touch to their car. The first known mascot -- a bronze statue of St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers -- was on an 1898 four-cylinder Daimler owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, an early patron of the automobile. From there, the idea quickly took off and almost anything that struck a driver's fancy could adorn their radiator. Mascots could be very expensive items, purchased at fine jewelers, or they could be bought for as list as thirty-five cents in an accessory shop.
The mascot, originally a flight of fancy for the owner, was eventually given its own practical value with the invention of the motormeter, or calorimeter. The motormeter indicated the status of the water temperature in the radiator to the driver. Eventually, even these practical objects were adorned with different ornamental figures.
Car manufacturers eventually used mascots to distinguish the particular automobiles. This did not become common until the 1920s although Vulcan had used a blacksmith mascot since 1902, and of course, the "Spirit of Ecstasy" has adorned the Rolls Royce since 1911. The mascot chosen by car manufacturers often changed over the years. Packard had the Goddess of Speed, but it also issued pointed-toed Adonis and an open-winged Cormorant that, in its most fantastic form, was also an antenna.
The Nethercutt collection is proud to have one of the finest collections of Mascots in the world.
NETHER_110727_237.JPG: 1948 Tucker
Only 51 Tuckers were made before the company was forced out of business by government lawsuits. They did have some innovative features copied by most car makers within the next few years. Padded dashboards, pop-out windshields, low center of gravity, and doors fared into the the roof line, were among their state-of-the-art features. A center light turned with the front wheels for better vision in night driving. Amazingly, 48 of the 51 Tuckers manufactured survive. This is Tucker #40.
NETHER_110727_256.JPG: 1946 Volkswagen
1937 Pierce-Arrow 1702 Limousine
Only 166 Pierce-Arrows were built in 1937 as the company struggled to remain financially viable.
NETHER_110727_295.JPG: 1930 Rolls-Royce (Phantom I/Marlborough Town Car)
Price when new: $22,000 [this was in 1930!]
The New Phantom (Phantom I) introduced in 1925 replaced the Silver Ghost, a model that ran for 19 years from 1907. The Silver Ghost was the model that firmly established Rolls-Royce as "The Best Car in the World."
NETHER_110727_347.JPG: 1923 Voison
Silent movie star Rudolph Valentino loved fast, sporty, exotic automobiles. In 1923, at the height of his career, Valentino visited Paris and drove virtually every exotic marque. His choice was Voison. He bought three, two he left in Paris and this one he brought to Hollywood. The coiled Cobra mascot was a gift from Douglas Fairbanks.
NETHER_110727_360.JPG: 1912 Alco
NETHER_110727_366.JPG: 1907 Westinghouse
NETHER_110727_372.JPG: 1906 Pope-Toledo
NETHER_110727_378.JPG: 1913 Lozier
NETHER_110727_384.JPG: 1907 Pierce
NETHER_110727_411.JPG: 1937 Cord
NETHER_110727_435.JPG: 1905 Franklin
NETHER_110727_445.JPG: 1913 Christie
Front Drive, Steam Pumper / Fire Engine
NETHER_110727_461.JPG: 1909 Gobron-Brillie
NETHER_110727_470.JPG: 1913 Winton
NETHER_110727_480.JPG: 1915 Ford
NETHER_110727_489.JPG: 1930 Ford
NETHER_110727_498.JPG: 1931 Ford
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Wikipedia Description: Nethercutt Collection
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Nethercutt Collection is a multi-storied museum located in Sylmar, California, USA. Its centerpiece is its automobile collection, which has led Autoweek to call the Nethercutt Collection one of America's five greatest automobile museums.
The museum also houses collections of mechanical musical instruments, including orchestrions, player pianos and music boxes, and antique furniture. There are also two older-model railroad cars.
The collection is located at 15200 Bledsoe Street in the Los Angeles suburb of Sylmar.
The Nethercutt Collection was founded in 1972 by J. B. Nethercutt (1913–2004), who was the co-founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics.
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