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 Post subject: Nethercutt Collection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:38 am 
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The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, CA is one of the ne plus ultra experiences that every motorhead must visit, at least once in their lifetime.
Assembled by the Merle Norman Cosmetics magnate, J. B. Nethercutt, this repository of some of the world’s greatest motorcars began, simply,
in 1955, with the purchase of a 1930 duPont Royal G Town Car, bodied by the Merrimac Body Company of West Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Treated to a 10,000 man-hour restoration, now widely acknowledged as the first of its kind in the old car hobby, the one-off duPont debuted in July, 1958
at the Grand Classic of Morristown, NJ, and later that year at the 9th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Classic Car world would never
be the same again, owing to the car’s $65,000 restoration; that’s 65K in 1950’s dollars, mind you!

Hundreds of cars and countless awards later, fast-forward to the modern-day collection, now shepherded by J.B. and Dorothy’s son Jack, and his wife,
Helen, regulars on the concours circuit. The collection can be toured, free of charge, simply by making a reservation; your visit will be truly netherworldly.

What follows is a brief photographic walk-thru shot during the holiday season, beginning from the basement entrée, to the main event,
to the overflow of cars housed in a building across the street…

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Larger. This 1932 Packard Twin Six Model 906 Roadster by Dietrich is one of the first beauties to greet you.

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Larger. A 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron sedan features unique character lines, especially around the door handles.

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Larger. Entering the palazzo-like showroom is the ’30 duPont Town Car by Merrimac that started it all.

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Larger. The breath-taking ’34 Packard Twelve LeBaron Sport Phaeton.

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Larger. Holding center stage, the 1933 Duesenberg “Twenty Grand” by Rollston debuted
at Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair.

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Larger. An incredibly stunning 1932 Maybach DS8 Cabriolet by Spohn flanks the 20-Grand’s right.

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Larger. No Circus Wagon here, the 1930 Ruxton FWD by the short-lived New Era Motors
was available with this dramatic, multi-hued paint treatment straight from the factory.

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Larger. Formerly owned by the notorious Silent Film Era star Roscoe, “Fatty” Arbuckle,
this 1923 McFarlan Town Car held its own with luxury makes from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Larger. Henry Binder of Paris crafted this 1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C Cabriolet.

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Larger. Drama reigns supreme at the Nethercutt as you are taken to the mezzanine level for a completely different collection…

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Larger. J.B. Nethercutt had a passion for musical instruments, particularly of the mechanical variety,
and amassed one the world’s largest private collections of same; his only stipulation was that
they had to be operable. This amazing Bosendorfer Grand Player Piano is one of many
mechanized wonders that play for you at the end of the museum tour.

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Larger. And play they do! Combine this 4-rank, 50,000-pipe Wurlitzer Theater Organ with the Bosendorfer Grand
Piano, and it’s a spine-tingling send-off that will make you want to return again and again to the Nethercutt.

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Larger. But wait, there’s more! Svelte curves denote this Armbruster-bodied 1932 Austro-Daimler Alpine
Streamlined Sedan, among the first you see upon entering the building across the street from the main collection.

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Larger. Screen Siren Dolores Del Rio’s 1929 Cord L-29 Town Car can be found in the Murphy Section
here at Coachbuild.com, where it is paid appropriate homage due its remarkable design.

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Larger. Alas, every tour must come to an end, and though we’ve only touched
upon a fraction of San Sylmar’s treasure, hopefully this 1930 Rolls-Royce
Town Car by Brewster will whet your appetite for more.

Like any establishment of fine repute, just make sure your reservations are made well in advance,
and don’t bother to check your astonishment at the door…
The shock and awe is on the house!

Happy Holidays,
TG

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 Post subject: Re: Season's Greetings from the Nethercutt Collection...
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:52 pm 
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I have been there, years ago, and I agree that it was well worth the effort! The same applies for the Blackhawk Collection, and the Petersen Museum, BTW. Likewise in Vegas there is also a lot to be seen within the Imperial Palace Collection.


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 Post subject: Re: Season's Greetings from the Nethercutt Collection...
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:55 pm 
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Moved. This topic deserved a better place in the Events section.

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 Post subject: Re: Season's Greetings from the Nethercutt Collection...
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:10 pm 
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Duh! Thanks Boss; a trip to the Nethercutt (and the others Rob mentioned) really is an Event...

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 Post subject: Re: Season's Greetings from the Nethercutt Collection...
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:23 pm 
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yes, i have been there aswell in 2006
and it's defenitly worth a visit if you are in L.A.
also buy there book on the collection, i was surprised how cheap that one was and has most cars of the collection in there all shot out on location, wonderfull book


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 Post subject: Re: Nethercutt Collection
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:44 am 
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RM offers for sale at Hershey Auction eight cars from the Nethercutt Collection.
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