Audrain Auto Museum Gala

The Audrain Auto Museum celebrated the repeal of Prohibition with a fun night which included an elegant tented dinner, live music and dancing, casino games, and stories from car collector and enthusiast Jay Leno. Held at the beautiful ocean view Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI gala guests were treated to a display of rare and vintage automobiles while enjoying cocktails on the terrace and grounds of Rosecliff.

Some highlights

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

green/wood 1928 Morris Oxford - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1928 Morris Oxford; this is believed to be the only survivor of three wood-bodied examples built by Parkes Bosy Co. in Kent, England. The 4-cyl, 14 hp, single SU Carb engine had a 3-speed gearbox

black 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood Imperial Series 67 Limousine - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1941 Cadillac Fleetwood Imperial Series 67 Limousine; this Cadillac originally belonged to Countess Gladys Vanderbilt Szechenyi, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The car was used at the Szechenyi wedding in 1949. Three years later the car received its last oil change and has not been driven more than 2 miles since

Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

black 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Phateon - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Ascot Phateon; this Springfield Rolls is the only Ascot Phaeton of 21 built with roll-up windows. Painted parking line aside, the car certainly seems at home

blue 1930 Packard Custom Eight Sport Phaeton - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1930 Packard Custom Eight Sport Phaeton

blue 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Open Two-seater - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Open Two-seater; this ‘silent sports car’ is a product of the best minds from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The two-seater was bodied by Carlton Carriage Co. in England

berkshire blue/ frost white 1959 Nash Metroploitan Convertible - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1959 Nash Metropolitan Convertible; the ’59 model year saw many improvements on the Nash including a glovebox door, seat adjusters, and window vents. Sporting a 55 hp engine, sales peaked at 22,309 in 1959 before production stopped in 1960

red 1965 Peel Trident - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1965 Peel Trident; is the second three-wheeled microcar made by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man

white 1964 Peel P50 - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1964 Peel P50; the first 3-wheeled microcar originally manufactured by the Peel Company who produced 50, with 27 still known to exist. It was listed in the 2010 Guinness World Records as the smallest production car ever made. The car has no reverse gear, but a handle at the rear allows the very lightweight car to be picked up and turned or pulled

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

green 1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

blue 1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformadable - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformadable

sherbert orange 1959 Fiat Jolly - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1959 Fiat Jolly; the father of the Jolly was Fiat’s Chairman Gianni Agnelli who wanted a small car to carry aboard his 82-foot ketch, the Agneta, and use during port stops in the Mediterranean Sea. The first Jollys, built on 2-cyl Fiat 500 platforms and modified by Ghia (remove roof, wicker seats, fringe top) were intended for resort trade. A version based on the larger 600 soon followed

green/wood 1951 Fiat 500C Giardiniera - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1951 Fiat 500C Giardiniera; Fiat built a larger more practical wood-sided ‘Gardener’ 500

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

black 1949 Cadillac Derham Limousine - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1949 Cadillac Derham Limousine; was originally owned by Doris Duke, daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon

blue 1912 Packard Model 30 7-Passenger Touring - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1912 Packard Model 30 7-Passenger Touring; this Pebble Beach Class-winning Model 30 was acquired by racing legend Phil Hill in 1966

 

blue 1925 Ford Model T Touring - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1925 Ford Model T Touring; the ‘Tin Lizzie’ was offered in several body styles including this 5-seat touring car

red 1906 Pungs-Finch Limited - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1906 Pungs-Finch Limited; this is the only Pungs-Finch car known to exist, shortly after completing this car Pungs and Finch had a falling out. The car is powered by a very large 4-cyl 600 cu-in engine

red BMW cafe racer - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

BMW cafe racer

zenith gold/candy apple brandywine 1938 Chevrolet Custom 2-Door Coupe - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1938 Chevrolet Custom 2-Door Coupe; not generally seen at the club by the Newport-y crowd

brown/wood 1940 Ford DeLuxe Woody Wagon - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1940 Ford DeLuxe Woody Wagon

blue 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Sedan - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1948 Hudson Commodore Eight Sedan; the 1948 model year launched Hudson’s trademarked “Monobuilt” or “step-down” car, in which passengers stepped down into the vehicles

back of Rosecliff Mansion Newport RI - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

The back of Rosecliff Mansion

back of Rosecliff Mansion Newport RI - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

lawn at Rosecliff - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

brown 1948 Tucker 48 Torpedo - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1948 Tucker 48 ‘Torpedo’; Only 51 cars were made before the company ceased operations on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the news media, an SEC investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial. One of several innovative features was the directional third headlight known as ‘Cyclops Eye’. It would activate at steering angles greater than 10 degrees to light the car’s path around corners. At the time, 17 states had laws against cars having more than two headlights so Tucker fabricated a cover for the cyclops center light for use in those states

green 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring; this is one of thirteen 6C’s to receive coachwork by Carrozerria. ‘Superleggera’ is just such a sexy word

yellow Porsche 918 Spyder - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Porsche 918 Spyder; if there were a bumblebee supersonic superhero this is what she would drive on her superhero day off

red 1956 DeSoto Fireflite - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1956 DeSoto Fireflite; equipped with a V8 engine producing 200 hp when equipped with the 4 barrel carburetor and PowerFlite automatic transmission. The car cost $3,544 and AM radio was a $110 option

red Ferrari 330 GTC - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Ferrari 330 GTC

red/white 2005 Ford GT - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

2005 Ford GT

white/gold 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Coupe - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Coupe

Oro Chiaro gold 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1968 Ferrari 330 GTC in lovely Oro Chiaro

black 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

orange 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG; 622 Hp, 6.3 L, V-8 naturally aspirated engine, and silly gullwing doors that should have been deleted off the modern edition

blood orange tangerine 1971 Porsche 914-6 Targa - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1971 Porsche 914-6 Targa; in the perfect color ‘blood orange’. The 914-6 came with a 2.0-liter (vs 1.7 L on the 914) flat-six engine with 110 hp from the Porsche 911 (vs 80 hp on the 914 from Volkswagen). The 914/6 was built by Porsche at the main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen

black 1978 Aston Martin V8 'Canadian Vantage' - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1978 Aston Martin V8 ‘Canadian Vantage’; eight cars were built for the Canadian market, 4 automatic and 4 manual including this one. Engines were spec’d to European Stage 1 standards and given the chassis # suffix LCA

white 2014 Bentley GT3-R - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

2014 Bentley GT3-R; weighing in at almost 5,000 lbs, this green-striped 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 beast will get one to the first tee in style and record time. Better watch that front splitter on those country club driveway speed bumps

red 1991 Ferrari F40 - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

1991 Ferrari F40

white/blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4L Grand Sport Vitesse - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4L Grand Sport Vitesse; with an insane 1200 hp and ten radiators spread throughout, this Vitesse also has a custom blue carbon fiber center console

flapper girls - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

These girls just came from the library  #sassy

tent - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Very elegant. Check out the ceiling lights, reminds me of the Starlight feature on the Rolls-Royce Dawn

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

The Audrain Auto Museum purchased a car

Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

It’s an early Ferrari

Jay Leno and Ken Gross - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Jay Leno and Ken Gross tell hilarious car stories. Brilliantly funny. One woman asked Leno what he did for a hobby. He answered “Knitting. Have you been listening at all tonight?”

Wayne Carini, Herb Chambers, The Auto Blonde - Audrain Auto Museum Gala 2017

Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars, Herb Chambers – New England car mogul, and The Auto Blonde

The Audrain Auto Museum

About suz

The Auto Blonde is an enthusiast who attends and participates in many car events. She welcomes you to ride shotgun. All pictures and posts are hers unless otherwise noted.
Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed