The museum did a pretty good job of arranging cars chronologically for the most part and after the pioneer cars and the Brass Era ones we came to the impressive collection of what the Classic Car Club of America designates as "Full Classics." There were some very fine examples of the most desired classic cars built in America.
|1929 Duesenberg Model J|
This Duesenberg is one of only three "All Weather Cabriolets" built by Holbrook, a coachbuilder located in Hudson, New York. Duesenberg ordered ten bodies from the firm (three of these transformable town cars, two enclosed seven-passenger limousines, and five five-passenger sedans) but a further order of ten was cancelled due to the Great Depression. It is believed that only three of the original Holbrook bodies survive as a number of the cars were rebodied with more up-to-date designs from other coachbuilders. Holbrook itself, established in 1908, ceased operations in 1930. The price for this car would have been around $18,000 at the time.
|1933 Marmon V16 Convertible Sedan|
|1930 Packard Model 745 Roadster|
Amazingly, the company was revived as American Bantam in 1937 and production continued until 1941, with the company offering a range of body styles and selling 6,000 more of the little cars. The Bantam story of bad luck did not end there, however. The company built the prototype of what was to become the legendary Jeep but the US Government, requiring large numbers of the vehicles, gave the contract for the cars to Ford and Willys, which had much larger production facilities. American Bantam made Jeep T-3 trailers and after the war made two-wheel trailers until taken over by another company in 1956.
|1930 Henderson Model KJ|
|1930 Cadillac Series 452 V16 Seven Passenger Sedan|
The V16 was introduced in January 1930 and through Fall of that year dealers were required to furnish the factory with weekly and monthly owner reaction and service reports on each V16 delivered.
|1931 Cadillac Series 370A V12 Coupe|
This car was powered with Cadillac's 135 hp V12 and was constructed on a 140 inch wheelbase. A sporty two passenger coupe, it would have cost $3,795 new.
|1925 Stutz Model 693 Roadster|
|1931 Cadillac Series 355 V8 Convertible Coupe|
|1934 Buick Series 50 Convertible Coupe|
|1918 Cadillac Type 57 Seven Passenger Brougham|
|1911 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout|
|1912 R.C.H. Model 25 Five Passenger Touring Car|
|1907 Cadillac Model K Runabout|
|1924 Lafayette Seven Passenger Touring Car|
Among the considerable number of rarities in the museum can be found this Lafayette. The Lafayette Motor Car Company was founded in 1919 with the intent of building high quality cars in Indianapolis that would compete with Packard and Pierce-Arrow, as well as foreign makes such as Rolls-Royce and Mercedes. Many of those involved with the new car had come from Cadillac, including that firm's Chief Engineer. When the new car was revealed in 1920 it was learned that Charles Nash was behind the new firm, although it was separate from his Nash Motors Company.
The new Lafayette was powered by a 90 hp V8 (later upgraded to 100 hp) and numerous body styles were offered when production began in August 1920 as 1921 models, with prices starting at $5,000--just in time for the post-World War I depression. Only 700 cars were sold the first year and in 1923 operations moved to Milwaukee as the company was reorganized with greater Nash Motors investment. The last of 2,267 Lafayettes was built in early 1924. Nash was to revive the Lafayette name in 1934 for a lower-priced Nash model.
|1937 Chrysler Series C-17 Airflow|
|1938 Graham Model 97 "Sharknose" Sedan|
|1924 Packard Single Eight 143 Seven Passenger Touring Car|
|1937 Cord Model 812 Sportsman|
Originally intended to be a "Baby Duesenberg," the Gordon Buehrig-designed Cord 810 came onto the market in 1936, in four body styles and propelled by a Lycoming V8 of 125 hp. It was a sensation, with its front-wheel drive retractable headlights, hidden door hinges, coffin nose, and lack of running boards. Production delays and mechanical problems meant only 1,174 were sold in its introductory year. The 812 was the same car in 1937 but also was available with supercharging, boosting the power output to 170 hp. Some unsold 1936 cars were renumbered as 1937 models and when production ceased that year only a total of 3,000 examples had been made in the two year run. This supercharged example, priced at $3,619 (or 40% more than a standard model), was one of the last Cords made.
|1935 Auburn Model 8-851 Phaeton|
This 8-851 Phaeton was value-priced at $1,275 and had a Lycoming inline eight cylinder engine. The 851 Auburns were also available with superchargers.
|1935 Auburn 653 Convertible Sedan|
|The Northwest Classic Car Museum boasts a particularly fine selection of classic Packards|
|A pair of 1931 Packards...|
|1931 Packard Model 840 Deluxe Eight Coupe|
|1931 Packard Model 833 Standard Eight Roadster|
|1936 Packard Series 1408 Convertible Sedan|
|1937 Packard Series 15 Model 1034 Seven Passenger Touring Sedan|
The Packard Twelve enjoyed its best sales year in 1937, with 1,300 cars produced in that model year. This Touring Sedan cost $3,885 and was one of thirteen body styles offered. Options on this car include dual side-mount tires with covers, heater, radio, and a luggage rack.
|1935 Lincoln Model K Series 541 Four Door Sedan|
|1930 Lincoln Model L Model 176B Dual Cowl Phaeton|
|1936 Lincoln Model K Series 300 LeBaron Convertible Sedan|
In 1936 the less expensive Zephyr was introduced and would be Lincoln's predominant seller in the coming years. However, the Model K remained available until 1940, featuring a 150 hp V12 engine of 414 cu. in. displacement, and 1,515 were built in the model year. Only 15 were five passenger LeBaron Convertible Sedans like the museum car, priced at $5,000, and riding on a 136 inch wheelbase.
|1936 Cadillac Series 75|
|1938 Cadillac Series 38-90 Sixteen Convertible Sedan|
Cadillac introduced a new V16 in 1938. It was 431 cu. in. in displacement and made 185 hp. It was essentially a pair of eight cylinder engines, with dual carburetors, oil bath air cleaners, manifolds, distributors, coils, fuel pumps and water pumps. Introduced in October 1937, 315 V16s were sold in the model year, with this Convertible Sedan listed at $6,000.