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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 10, 2013 - 08:33am PT
Since we've definitively determined that it's all about style and I believe
I detected no small amount of envy in relation to Warren Harding's XK120 Jag
I've taken it upon myself to ask my friend Kyle to part with one of his babies.
I assured him that it was going to a gud home and that you wouldn't park
it too close to any campfire, let alone the Camp 4 parking lot, period.
We went for a little Trad pimp ride around Monrovia last night and she was singin'!
I'm never gonna wash my azz again after riding in this!











Kyle assures me that the odometer is correct but we weren't able to check the speedo
It works fine, and Kyle assures me it will do every bit of 200 klicks but
the new tires aren't on her yet and the old ones were scary!
I did say 'eau' at least a couple of times!


A proper Trad tailpipe!







Let me know when you can come get it.


Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 08:51am PT
Tarbousier can't come, Reilly. He is too busy changing a flat on his wife's bike. Maybe some other time he can hitch a ride back to the future.

From one of the Wikis:


Dubonnet's Hispano-Suiza H6 Xenia 1938, it appears or one just like it. Dubonnet was a fantastic personality of early to mid-twentieth century.

André Dubonnet (28 June 1897 – 20 January 1980) was a French flying ace, athlete, racecar driver, and inventor.
Dubonnet was the son of Joseph Dubonnet, founder of the Dubonnet apéritif firm, from which he inherited substantial wealth.[1]
He was credited with six aerial victories as a pilot during World War I. He began military service as an artilleryman, but switched to aviation. Flying a SPAD XIII, he shared two out of his three May 1918 victories with Frank Baylies, teamed up with Fernand Chavannes to destroy an observation balloon on 13 June, and split a pair of wins on 16 August 1918, with Joseph de Sevin and Captain Battle.[2]
During the 1920s, Dubonnet competed in Olympic bobsledding as well as racing cars for Bugatti and Hispano-Suiza.[1] He later spent much of his fortune developing inventions. He successfully sold an automobile suspension system (système Dubonnet) to General Motors, but nearly went bankrupt late in life while working on solar energy.[1] He also developed several aerodynamic studies and commissioned some special aerodynamic cars to be built for him.


Dubonnet also commissioned several unique cars to be built, such as this Hispano-Suiza H6C "Xenia".
Dubonnet became a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in January 1936.[3]
He returned to service during World War II, serving in GCI/2.[3]


Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:13am PT
That car is amazing! Very jealous you got to play with it haha. I have to wonder what the price tag on a one-off HS like that is worth.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:22am PT
Well, I guess we now know where the mid/late 60s Buick wildcats and Corvettes got design inspiration for the rear window/trunk lid.

That is one beautiful machine.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Vegas, funny you should reply. I had to start it because it had been parked
on a slight incline too long and the tank was so low that when Kyle tried
to start it the gas pump was cavitating. So he popped the hood and got out
the starter fluid while I cranked it and worked the spark advance. It was
like firing up an old radial! Then, in keeping with Dubonnet's aircraft
history, we had to change tanks! What a freaking trip! But once she
started did she make some kind of music! She goes like stink but, like I
said, the rubber is in really bad shape so at about 40mph it felt like the
front end was gonna shake apart! Whatever, the joyride of a lifetime, fer sure!

The three knobs around the center of the steering wheel are the spark advance,
the choke, and the throttle, aka Cruise Control. :-)
Credit: Reilly

Oh, and Kyle says that if it ever goes on the auction block, which is unlikely,
it would bring well over $20 million. Big pimpin', bishes!

ps
Vegas, you can hop on a SW flight in the next few days if you want to
soak in the ambience. It'll probably be in Kyle's shop for at least a week.
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Wow really pretty...for those in the LA area check out the Nethercutt collection in the San Fernando Valley...sweet stuff. they have over a hundred old cars (pre1960ish) in a free public gallery and many more on a free private tour but you must make reservations for that. My favorite one there is the 1937 Talbot-lago (2nd image below)





H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Nice photos. As kid I used to go to Harrah's Auto collection. Over 1,400 cars were disbanded in 1980 when Holiday Inns obtained Harrah’s auto collection. At least a couple hundred car from the original collection are still intact at the National Automobile Museum in Reno.

It was an experience I have never forgotten and I still have a fascination with older cars. If you had ever been his collection you know what I mean.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Neato!
I'm all about that, lemme take a minute to dig up my kangaroo skin driving gloves and I'll be right over to pick her up!!!

20 million ... hmmm. With that kind of shrubbery, I could get a spool of Goldline, maybe a mint pair of RRs and get out there and kick some serious butt.

Nah, I'd resist that temptation, no problem.
Lisa and I have never had a pet: she'll love it!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Amazing ride!

Harrison- Your ST email is blocked for some reason. I can't send you a response to your last query.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Thanks Steve. I PM'd you with my contact info.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:59pm PT

Futuristic car, awesome, maybe even vulgar lines. Marinetti would have been proud.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 10, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Sounds like an adventure machine for sure Reilly!

As much as I would love to check it out, my schedule is slammed for the next month :-| it's that time of year. Just can't get over the lines on that car - unbelievable.

For 20 mil, I would be terrified to even take it out of the garage to clean it, let alone drive it anywhere haha.
otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Apr 10, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
I had the pleasure of seeing the Harrah's collection as a kid, also. The shops there were amazing, they seemed to be able to rebuild anything!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
For 20 mil, I would be terrified to even take it out of the garage to clean it, let alone drive it anywhere haha.

I was terrified just riding in it! Dood was going pretty good up these
narrow-azzed streets with bozos coming the other way. I was cringing!
Then he goes to pull it into the narrow alley to the back of his shop and
I was totally gripped! It seemed like there was less than a foot on either
side. You sit really low in this thing with only your head above the body
so it is hard to judge. Still gives me the willies.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 10, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
There's a whole culture of people that own vintage race cars and dirt bikes and they have the wherewithal to actually get out and flog them from time to time. I like that attitude: they are meant to be driven or ridden, not cooped up in a museum hiding from the world.

Gotta figure for each of those there are 10 more in private collections that never see the light of day.

What a beautiful machine. But tooling around with 20 million under your arse is a bit extreme.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 10, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
That French-Beaner mobile don't have nothing on my 66 chevy van with Miss pinky on the front and Tre on the tree......Fook that shizz...
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Well then put out Johnny: we need the pictures!
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
How about something with more traction in the corners and giddy up.

Credit: goatboy smellz

thudge

climber
CO
Apr 10, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
That Pinto almost looks like a Porsche!

edit: well, maybe knott
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
A 911 on an icy road... Yikes!!
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