Capers #16: The Nethercutt Collection

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 06-16-2019 06:47 AM 856 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found myownbadself in the vicinity of Sylmar, CA, this afternoon, so I made a little caper of about forty-five minutes (closing time) at one of my favorite museums.

This is the cutest little car. It’s a 1932 American Austin Bantam Roadster, built under license from the English Austin Company.

On with some of the cars I have sweaty dreams about.

A 1923 Deusenberg.

A 1907 Pierce.

A 1905 and, a 1907 Buick.

A 1932 Auburn, just made for a stylish guy like me (or Clark Gable).

The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I.

Here’s the story of the Phantom Series.

Why have I, when II will do?

This is the only museum on the planet that possesses a complete set of the Phantoms.

It’s a Limo you want? How about a 1911 Oldsmobile? How about the only one left?

Yeah. If only for those 43” wheels, the biggest on any car, ever.

And, she has quite the getalong, too.

A 1930 Packard. Built; delivered; ordered destroyed; NOT destroyed; Discovered in 1968, and brought here.

Deusenbergs have been, without question, my favorite automotive eye candy since I was little. Particularly this one. The J Model. This one’s from 1934.

Though, it’s hard to shake a stick at a 1932 Lincoln KB.

Then again, it wouldn’t take much to convince me to accept a 1930 Cadillac Cabriolet, that has SIXTEEN cylinders to help it along.

Daimler made a pretty cool car, too.

Then, there’ this ride that was, apparently, owned by Fatty Arbuckle. A sedate color was simply not his style.

You gotta love those Packards, though. So much bling.

And, finally, the one I was so sure they’d let me have that I asked if I could have it. They said, “No.” It’s a 1932 Cadillac Phaeton, nicknamed “Bumblebee.”

Thanks for coming along. I hope you enjoyed the tour. This has been just a smattering of the Collection. It is the largest privately-held collection of vintage and antique motorcars on Earth. There’s a whole other building full of them that you need to sign up for a tour to see. If you’re in Southern California, make time for this. Admission is free, and it’s closed only on Christmas. Parking, also, is free. It is, truly, all that and a great big jar of pickled pig’s feet. (Or, a bag of chips, if you prefer that imagery.) Here’s the website:

-- Mark

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#1 posted 06-16-2019 08:44 AM

WOW. Great collection. It is sure good that these nice old cars are being preserved. We talk about that at car shows and think that in 30 years, the millennials won’t put any value in our old cars!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-16-2019 09:51 AM

Well done Mark,
On the down side thats made your pen work a little bland!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-16-2019 12:58 PM

These are great, Mark. What kind of woods did you use to make them? :-) :-) :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-16-2019 02:02 PM

OMG! Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-16-2019 10:02 PM

Mark, that’s a great collection.
Reminds my of the one I visited in Malaga, Spain.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 06-16-2019 11:02 PM

thank you Mark …. boy they did know how to build a car back in the day … didn’t they


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 06-17-2019 04:19 AM


Those are some great-looking cars. I’m especially fond of the 1932 Auburn, but I’ve always had a desire for an Excalibur—not as old as those classics, but the same great look . . .

. . . not just for their great style, but because they were made right here in Wisconsin.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 06-17-2019 11:48 AM

can someone explain to me the horsepower rating on the rolls and packard rolls say 40/50 and packard says 48/80 ps dont say its going uphill and downhill LOL :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 06-17-2019 03:31 PM

wow another great place to visit that i didn’t even know about,thanks for posting this.i gotta get out more.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 06-18-2019 12:14 AM

Those are all just beautiful vehicles, and this place would definitely be a place to visit!

Don’t those prices just make you want to do a double take?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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