Hollywood and cars go back to nineteen twenties. It was then cars like Duesenberg’s and Cadillac’s started becoming status symbols. In nineteen fifties starting with the Mercedes Benz 300SL, Mercedes also joined the ranks. Stars not only owned these cars, but these cars starred in the movies as well.
This year at the 17th Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, some cars were very prominent with Hollywood connections. Twenties silent movie star Tom Mix’s 1937 Cord , Ginger Roger’s 1929 Model J Duesenberg, Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac Series 63 Ghia coupe and Natalie Wood’s 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster.
Tom Mix's 1937 Cord
Tom died in a car accident driving this Cord in 1940. The cars has changed hands a few times but recently has been restored ground up, by the current owner. The new owner says “the cars is exactly in the same condition as it was 15 minutes before the accident”.
|Tom Mix's 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton|
|Tom with his Cord|
Ginger Rogers' 1929 Duesenberg Model J
White 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible was once owned by Ginger Rogers. The car even appeared in Ginger Roger and Fred Astaire’s movie“ The Gay Divorcee”.
|Ginger Rogers' 1929 Duesenberg Model J|
|Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Duesenberg |
on "The Gay Divorcee" set
Rita Hayworth's 1953 Cadillac Series 63 Ghia Coupe
Also was there Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac Series 63 Ghia Coupe. Hayworth’s husband Prince Aly Khan commissioned the famous Italian coach builder Ghi to build this stunning body and mount on a Cadillac frame.
|Rita Hayworth 1953 Cadillac Series 63 Ghia coupe|
Natalie Wood's 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster
|Natalie Wood with her 230SL|
Natalie Wood’s Mercedes 300SL has been completely restored. The car has been painted Silver with red leather interior (the original factory combination). This is a big change from the color combination the car was in when Natalie Wood drove it. After delivery she got the car painted Pink with lipstick red leather interior.
|Natalie Wood 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster|
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