Bob Bahre Car Collection

A Classic Car Exhibit in Paris, Maine

Bob and Sandra Bahre have one the most extensive and notable private car collections in New England, and probably North America. Once per year they generously open the garages for public viewing of their Bahre Car Collection, with a small donation requested to benefit the small town of Paris, Maine’s public library.

I crossed paths with Mr. Bahre a few times back when he owned and operated New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in Loudon, NH. Bob, in his early seventies then and as congenial as can be, would drive a tractor around the paddock area and chat with us amateur drivers. In 1989 he had purchased what was then Bryar Motorsports Park and turned it into NHIS, the only successful NASCAR banked oval in the northeast. By all accounts the NASCAR teams thoroughly enjoyed Bahre’s track and Yankee hospitality.

Bob sold NHIS to Speedway Motorsports back in 2008. It now runs as New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). The track can transition into a small 1.6 mile road course good for race cars and motorcycles, which includes a good portion of the Magic Mile Oval. It was my first racetrack, and thus I am quite fond of it. NHMS is a very decent track, with twelve turns and nice elevation changes. The old school New England charm of Mr. Bahre is certainly missed.

Bob Bahre is an avid collector of 60 plus cars and is a genuine lover of Duesenberg’s, Packard’s, Stutz Bearcats, a Tucker, Thomas Flyer, vintage race cars, and other rare collectibles. He is notorious for chasing after a mere rumor of a car’s possible whereabouts, or pursuing an owner who won’t sell. “Some guys chase broads,” he says. “I chase cars.” Indeed. There’s a story of a 1937 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Rollston owned by a couple who absolutely did not want to sell. A bag filled with $500,000 in cash, spread upon their living room rug subtly persuaded the Michigan folks to trade the vehicle to Bob.

His cars, many restored to a 100 point restoration and others left original and unrestored, have won multiple awards at the esteemed Amelia Island Concourse and Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance.

Here’s a look at the Bahre Car Collection

1900 Canopy Top Park Phaeton - bahre car collection

1900 Canopy Top Park Phaeton manufactured by Parry Manufacturing Co. in Indianapolis, IN

 

1885 Skeleton Boot Victoria - bahre car collection

1885 Skeleton Boot Victoria manufactured by the Studebaker Bros in Chicago, IL. This carraige was used in the movie ”Gone with the Wind” with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable

 

green 1910 Thomas Flyer - bahre car collection

1910 Thomas Flyer; Model M – 6 – 40 dual ignition T-head 6 cast in pairs 40hp manufactured in Buffalo, NY

 

1810 Victoria - bahre car collection

1810 Victoria; This carraige of British origin was owned by Martin Van Buren and was used during his campaign to become the 8th President of the United States

 

1850 Caleche - bahre car collection

1850 Caleche; manufactured by Russ. Easland & Co. in Boston, MA

 

blue 1910 Panhard and Levasso - bahre car collection

1910 Panhard and Levassor; 7 passenger Touring Model Y with 33hp. Chassis built in Paris France, custom body built by Locke & Co. in NY, NY

blue 1910 Panhard and Levasso - bahre car collection

blue 1910 Panhard and Levasso - bahre car collection

blue 1910 Panhard and Levasso - bahre car collection

The rear seat of the 1910 Panhard & Levassor

 

red 1895 Howe; 8-man hand engine pistol pumper - bahre car collection

1895 Howe; 8-man hand engine pistol pumper manufactured by Howe Fire Apparatus Co. in Anderson, IN

 

1890 Landau - bahre car collection

1890 Landau - bahre car collection

1890 Landau; This completely original coach still has the original white rubber tires and is equipped with window blinds and a convertible top

 

yellow 914 Stutz 4E Bearcat - bahre car collection

1914 Stutz 4E Bearcat; 50hp, manufactured in Indianapolis, IN

 

1903 Oldsmobile Runabout - bahre car collection

1903 Oldsmobile Runabout manufactured in Lansing, MI

 

A rooster built for two - bahre car collection

A rooster built for two

 

blue 1914 Baker WB Roadster body and chassis manufactured in Cleveland OH, 48 volt General Electric motor made in Schenectady, NY - bahre car collection

blue 1914 Baker WB Roadster - bahre car collection

1914 Baker WB Roadster body and chassis manufactured in Cleveland OH, with a 48 volt General Electric motor made in Schenectady, NY

 

red 1905 Cretor's Popcorn Wagon - bahre car collection

1905 Cretor’s Popcorn Wagon; a single cylinder steam engine was manufactured in Chicago and then used in Ohio

 

blue 1904 Electric Baker Stanhope - bahre car collection

1904 Electric Baker Stanhope; This car has a top speed of 17 mph and will travel 40 miles on one charge of the 20 volt battery system

 

1901 Orient Runabout - bahre car collection

1901 Orient Runabout manufactured in Waltham, MA

 

1906 Success Auto Buggy - bahre car collection

1906 Success Auto Buggy; This primitive chain 2hp high wheeler sold for $250 new

 

white 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner - bahre car collection

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner with the retracactable hardtop that dropped down into the enormous trunk. My grandmother had one

 

white/blue 1965 Rambler Classic 550 - bahre car collection

1965 Rambler Classic 550; Base price before taxi upgrades was $2,192

 

1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria - bahre car collection

This 1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria is one of only four fitted with scoop fenders

1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria - bahre car collection

This 1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria has a dual overhead cam and a whopping 320hp

 

green 1931 Duesenberg J Victoria Convertible - bahre car collection

1931 Duesenberg J Victoria Convertible; Duesenberg chassis built in Indianapolis IN, Rollston Co. custom body built in NY

green 1931 Duesenberg J Victoria Convertible - bahre car collection

1931 Duesenberg J Victoria Convertible; Lycoming dual overhead cam 8 with 265hp

 

maroon 1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe - bahre car collection

1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe. This is the only Derham convertible coupe body built for a Duesenberg

maroon 1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe - bahre car collection

1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe; 265hp custom body built by Derham Co. in Rosemont PA

 

black 1936 Duesenberg SJN Convertible Sedan - bahre car collectio

1936 Duesenberg SJN Convertible Sedan; Rollston Co. body, 320hp

 

1927 Bugatti Type 52 'Baby' Grand Prix Children's Car - bahre car collection

1927 Bugatti Type 52 ‘Baby’ Grand Prix Children’s Car; A 12-volt accumulator drives an electric motor geared to the rear axle which is controlled by a pedal-operated rheostat. Top speed 10-12mph. 1 of 100 built, this car is still resting on its original tires

 

green/yellow 1921 Chitty Bang Bang II Tourer - bahre car collection

1921 Chitty Bang Bang II Tourer; This is the only remaining 1 of 3 ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in England from 1921-1924. This car raced at Brooklands and was clocked at 108.27mph. Count Zborowski and his creations were immortalized in the children’s book and subsequent movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Roadster Cabriolet - bahre car collection

1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Roadster Cabriolet; 115hp manufactured in Milan Italy

1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Roadster Cabriole - bahre car collection

1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Roadster Cabriolet; Custom body by Carrozenna Castagna

 

green 1934 Hispano Suiza J-12 Sedanca Coupe - bahre car collection

1934 Hispano Suiza J-12 Sedanca Coupe has a V12 with 220hp and was manufactured in Paris, France

 

red 1947 Delahaye 135-M Roadster; This is 1 of only 5 Figoni & Filaschi Delahayes - bahre car collection

1947 Delahaye 135-M Roadster; This is 1 of only 5 Figoni & Filaschi Delahayes built with the narwhal design, including the distinctive front and rear fender skirts

red 1947 Delahaye 135-M Roadster; This is 1 of only 5 Figoni & Filaschi Delahayes - bahre car collection

The 1947 Delahaye 135-M Roadster’s interior was outfitted by the Paris design house of Hermes, and there are 3 compartments behind the seat containing a bar, a vanity, and a first aid kit

 

Three 1929 Duesenberg J engines and a miniature - bahre car collection

Three 1929 Duesenberg J engines and a miniature on the table

 

white 1961 Ewing Indy Roadster - bahre car collection

1961 Ewing Indy Roadster; This car was raced in the Indy 500 in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, qualifying for the pole position in ’60 (146.521 mph) and ’61

white 1961 Ewing Indy Roadster - bahre car collection

1961 Ewing Indy Roadster”s best finish was in 1961. Eddie Sachs came in 2nd place, 8 secs behind A J Foyt

 

black 1931 Mercedes Benz SSK Factory Race Car - bahre car collection

1931 Mercedes Benz SSK Factory Race Car

interior of black 1931 Mercedes Benz SSK Factory Race Car - bahre car collection

With original interior

 

blue 1934 Packard Twelve Stationary Coupe - bahre car collection

blue 1934 Packard Twelve Stationary Coupe - bahre car collection

1934 Packard Twelve Stationary Coupe manufactured in Detroit, MI

 

green 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Convertible Runabout - bahre car collection

green 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Convertible Runabout - bahre car collection

1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Convertible Runabout; V12 160hp

 

brown 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Convertible Victoria - bahre car collection

1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Convertible Victoria

 

blue 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Convertible Sedan - bahre car collection

1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Convertible Sedan; The 906 Twin Six were Packard’s re-entry into the 12-cylinder market in 1932 and very few were built, especially custom-bodied versions such as this. The color scheme is as ordered by the original owner and the car remained in the family until Mr. Bahre acquired it in 2008

 

1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Sport Phaeton - bahre car collecyion

black 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Sport Phaeton - bahre car collection

1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Sport Phaeton

 

1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Sport Coupe with a custom body by LeBaron - bahre car collection

yellow 1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Sport Coupe with a custom body by LeBaron - bahre car collection

1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Sport Coupe with a custom body by LeBaron

 

brown 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Sport Sedan - bahre car collection

1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Sport Sedan; This car was specifically created for the 1933 ‘Century of Progress’ World’s Fair in Chicago, IL

brown 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Sport Sedan - bahre car collection

The interior of this 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Sport Sedan is plated in gold, with burled Carpathian elm wood trim including a rear cabinet containing a magazine rack, makeup mirror, smoking set, clock, writing desk, radio speaker, divider window and a bar with gold cups and flasks

 

yellow 1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Runabout Speedster - bahre car collection

yellow 1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Runabout Speedster - bahre car collection

1934 Packard 1106 Twelve Runabout Speedster; This LeBaron Speedster was further modified at the request of screen star Carole Lombard, resulting in a one-of-a-kind car that she then gave as a gift to Clark Gable

 

rust 1941 Packard Custom Super-8 180 Convertible Victoria - bahre car collection

rust 1941 Packard Custom Super-8 180 Convertible Victoria - bahre car collection

1941 Packard Custom Super-8 180 Convertible Victoria

 

black 1931 Packard Front Wheel Drive Prototype Sedan - bahre car collection

1931 Packard Front Wheel Drive Prototype Sedan

 

1948 Corgi Spryt MK1 lightweight folding motorcycle - bahre car collection

1948 Corgi Spryt MK1 lightweight folding motorcycle; This folding scooter, a post-war civilian version of a military paratrooper version, weighs only 95 lbs, travels 35 mph with ease and gets 120 miles per gallon. Built in Southport, England

 

blue/silver 1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Sedan - bahre car collection

1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Sedan

 

1906 Packard Touring, with a 1947 Wurlitzer Multi-selector Phonograph Jukebox to the right and a 1924 Auto Red Bug Buckboard in front - bahre car collection

1906 Packard Touring, with a 1947 Wurlitzer Multi-selector Phonograph Jukebox to the right, and a 1924 Auto Red Bug Buckboard in front

 

red 1931 Invicta S-Type Tourer - bahre car collection

1931 Invicta S-Type Tourer; V6, made in England

 

tan 1933 Rolls Royce PII Henley Roadster - bahre car collection

1933 Rolls Royce PII Henley Roadster; This car is in completely original condition. It was purchased from the estate of the original owner, Doris L. Benz, who received it as a graduation gift from her father in 1933

 

black 1949 Vincent Black Shadow Series C Motorcycle - bahre car collection

1949 Vincent Black Shadow Series C Motorcycle; This bike was the fastest production motorcycle of its era and would easily travel at 125 mph. It was acquired as is from the estate of the original owner and only has 4,918 miles on the odometer

 

black 1940 Duesenberg SJ Town Car Cabriolet - bahre ccar collection

1940 Duesenberg SJ Town Car Cabriolet; This is the final Duesenberg ever produced, the last chassis to leave the factory in 1937, with coachwork finally complete in April 1940. Famous German non-objective artist Rudolph Bauer purchased the chassis to ship to Berlin for coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi, but was soon after imprisoned by the Nazi regime for creating ‘inapropriate art’. Solomon Guggenheim, a serious patron of Bauer, successfully bribed the Germans with cash to get Bauer out of prison and moved him and his belongings to NJ in the U.S., establishing him with a trust fund to allow his art to flourish

black 1940 Duesenberg SJ Town Car Cabriolet - bahre ccar collection

Bauer eventually got his Duesenberg chassis out of storage, sketched a design, and got Rollson of NY to create this stunning masterpiece. It exists in completely original condition, including all 6 Vogue double-white wall tires, with only 10,850 miles on the odometer

 

black 1940 Mercedes-Benz W 150 770 K Grosser - bahre car collection

1940 Mercedes-Benz W 150 770 K Grosser; This is 1 of only 88 W 150 MB cars built. This vehicle was delivered new to General von Halkenhorst, the military commander of Norway, and subsequently to King Haakon following the liberation of Norway. It has less than 10,000 miles on the odometer and is in completely original condition

 

tan/cream 1930 Cadillac 452 All-Weather Phaeton - bahre car collection

1930 Cadillac 452 All-Weather Phaeton; V16, top speed 175-185 mph

 

red/silver 1933 Auburn 12-165 Speedster - bahre car collection

1933 Auburn 12-165 Speedster; V12 engine, manufactured in Auburn, IN

 

maroon 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom Eight Phaeton - bahre car collection

1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom Eight Phaeton; This is one of only eight Imperial Phaetons produced in 1932

 

1934 Dodge KCL Woody Wagon - bahre car collection

1934 Dodge KCL Woody Wagon; This rare woody wagon is built on the 1934 Dodge Pickup chassis allowing for its larger size and much more comfortable seating capacity, as well as four sets of roll-down windows running the length of the body

 

green 1915 Lippard-Stewart Mountain Wagon - bahre car collection

1915 Lippard-Stewart Mountain Wagon; This vehicle shuttled guests to and from The Iron Mountain House in Jackson, NH

 

green 1936 Ford Deluxe Phaeton - bahre car collection

1936 Ford Deluxe Phaeton; V8 and 85hp

 

black 1941 Cadillac Deluxe Convertible Coupe - bahre car collection

1941 Cadillac Deluxe Convertible Coupe; V8 and 150hp

 

red 1942 Cadillac Sixty Special Dual Cowl Convertible Sedan - bahre car collection

1942 Cadillac Sixty Special Dual Cowl Convertible Sedan; This GM designed body is the only one of this design ever built

 

cobalt blue 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Coupe - bahre car collection

1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Coupe; This is one of only 532 Eldorados built in 1953 and the only known Cobalt Blue survivor of the 7 built. Original factory invoice $5,877.65. Standard features incl the first wrap-around windshield, top tonneau cover, wire wheels, cut-down door tops, & hydraulic windows. Options incl the Automatic-Eye automatic light dimmer

 

maroon 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III Hardtop Coupe - bahre car collection

maroon 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III Hardtop Coupe - bahre car collection

1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III Hardtop Coupe; V8 with 365hp

 

white 1931 Duesenberg Model A Indy Racecar - bahre car collection

white 1931 Duesenberg Model A Indy Racecar - bahre car collection

white 1931 Duesenberg Model A Indy Racecar - bahre car collection

1931 Duesenberg Model A Indy Racecar; This car qualified for the 1931 Indy 500 with a speed of 102.509, mph starting 31 out of 40. It completed the race in 14th place

 

brown 1940 Brewster Buick Town Car - bahre car collection

1940 Brewster Buick Town Car; This is the only Brewster known to exist on a 1940 Buick chassis and is likely to be the last of the ‘heart radiator’ cars. The car was built at a supposed cost of $18,000 for Mrs. Richard Whitney, wife of the former President of the NYSE. The rear compartment contains 2 crystal bud vases, a vanity compartment on each side, 2 fold-up jump seats and is fitted with a Polar Bear rug

 

black 1964 Vespa Scooter with Cozy Sidecar - bahre car collection

1964 Vespa Scooter with Cozy Sidecar; built by Piaggio & Co. in Pontedara, Italy, 9hp

 

blue 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster - bahre car collection

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster; This car was owned by Maria von Trapp (portrayed by Julie Andrews in ‘The Sound of Music’)

 

green 1932 Stutz Super Bearcat - bahre car collection

1932 Stutz Super Bearcat

 

green 1931 Ford Model A Roadster - bahre car collection

1931 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup, 40hp

 

green/white 1957 DKW Universal - bahre car collection

1957 DKW Universal; 3 cyl, 2 stroke front wheel drive wagon with suicide doors

green/white 1957 DKW Universal - bahre car collection

1957 DKW Universal; chassis body by Auto Union. The four circles of the Auto Union logo represent the makes of Audi, Horsch, Wanderer, & DKW.  Auto Union is the predecessor to Audi

 

silver 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Coupe - bahre car collection

1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Coupe; V8 engine with 322hp

 

silver blue 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 Sl roadster - bahre car collection

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 Sl roadster; V8 engine, 160hp

 

1967 Jaguar E-Type - bahre car collection

green 1967 Jaguar E-Type open 2-Seater - bahre car collection

1967 Jaguar E-Type open 2-Seater

 

red 1952 MG TD open two-seater - bahre car collection

red 1952 MG TD open two-seater - bahre car collection

1952 MG TD open two-seater with 54hp

 

1937 Duesenberg J Convertible - bahre car collection

1937 Duesenberg J Convertible - bahre car collection

1937 Duesenberg J Convertible; This one-of-a-kind body was built during Duesenberg’s last year in business. It has optional external exhaust pipes and is 1 of only 4 Deusenbergs fitted with ‘scoop’ fenders

 

black 1930 Graham-Paige All Weather Cabriolet - bahre car collection

1930 Graham-Paige All Weather Cabriolet; While Bob Bahre’s team was researching the Rudolph Bauer 1940 Duesenberg SJ Town car, they discovered that the Graham-Paige was also purchased, designed and built for Bauer and was one of the possessions he brought with him when Guggenheim bribed him out of Nazi Germany and into the U.S. The two Bauer cars have now been united in the Bahre Car Collection

 

red 1948 Tucker Sedan - bahre car collection

red 1948 Tucker Sedan - bahre car collection

1948 Tucker Sedan; This is Tucker #33 out of 51 built (in Chicago IL). The headlights turn with the steering wheel.

red 1948 Tucker Sedan - bahre car collection

The engine is rear-mounted and has 166hp

 

duesenbergs - bahre car collection

The money shot

 

silver 2003 Mercedes Benz 500 SL Roadster with retractable hardtop - bahre car collection

2003 Mercedes Benz 500 SL Roadster with retractable hardtop. Daily driver

 

red 1984 Chevy Corvette Hatchback Coupe - bahre car collection

1984 Chevy Corvette Hatchback Coupe; seems almost pedestrian, but the man has to drive to Dunkin’s on occasion

 

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