Delahaye, Hispano Suiza, Kurtis 500, Bentley, Ferrari, Bugatti

With these shameless gas prices, it’s less painful to look at cars than driving them. I went to an auto show today and two hours and 100 pictures later, I was about to over-dose on beautiful antique cars, gorgeous vintage sports cars and even the vulgar Ferraris and Maseratis…

race cars michele roohani

I’ve never seen so many shades of red outside the cosmetic counter’s lipstick section! A good name for a shade of lipstick would be a “Ferrari red” – a “Corvette carmine” for a nail polish:

corvette carmine michele roohani

Amazing tires:

car tires michele roohani

Lovely 1956 Chevrolet Bel Airs:

blue chevrolet belair michele roohani

Great interiors and fins:

red chevrolet belair michele roohani

It was Rolls Royce galore in Rodeo Drive today but that will be for another post.

This 1938 Dubonnet Hispano Suiza is out of this world:

hispano suiza michele roohani

or this Delahaye:

Delahaye michele roohani

To see more about fast cars, go here. Happy Father’s Day!

haute wheels hat michele roohani

9 thoughts on “Delahaye, Hispano Suiza, Kurtis 500, Bentley, Ferrari, Bugatti

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  3. Quel fantastique sujet.. et comme je vous comprends !
    I really adore old cars.. They have a soul, a history, and one can dream on them as precious jewel. How much I love them ! You may not imagine !

    I love the motors, I love the purity of the lines, the curves, the beauty of the details..
    I think that the constructors made these cars with the same love as a couturier made dresses for the Haute-couture, or a jeweler, making a necklace..

    Did you see the inside of an Amilcar, a Delage, Delahaye… Did you imagine the lady in the 1920’s (ok forget the dust of the roads in the Côte d’Azur …)…the gentlemen with moustache and hat… Ahhhh … all that is but a dream nowadays…
    Nowadays the cars are noisy, one resemble the second, no more ideas.. too much electronics, … ahhh… except Porsche 911, and Jaguar E Type … I don’t like other cars.. and hate 4 wheel drive..

    And when I look at the tires.. white… beautiful. Another time, another story…
    cars were not made to go to work… They were
    a way of living…. Of course, it has to be as it is now.. and somewhat I regret it….

    What makes me sad while looking at the photos of the tires, is the story of Isadora Duncan… dead because of her scarf entangled around one of the car’s wheels ….

    I must confess…. that I love driving … 🙂
    and I love to put mu hands into a motor to see how it goes …

    Superb images Michele !

  4. Hi Michelle,

    Did I ever tell you that my dear friend, Barry Howard, and I had an auto museum project in Korea one time? It got scrubbed at the last minute but we had fun looking at cars and visiting various auto museums including the one in LA. I had no interest in car designs before but became sort of a car buff since, particularly the old much earlier designs. Thanks for sharing the post. It looks terrific.


  5. I am totally envious of you seeing these works of “art”. Your pictures look great, but I wish there was a way to click on individual pictures and be able to magnify and see the gorgeous details. Let me know if there is a way and I am simply missing it.

    The comment about art reminds me about your previous post which stirred discussions on how vastly opinions can vary among humans. This is a prime example of how one person can view Mona Lisa as a work of art and another a vintage Ferrari. This is what makes us unique and in one the ways different from other species!

  6. Wonderful pictures! There’s a mystique associated with classic cars. I wonder why. They are so graceful. Maybe it’s because they remind us of a time when driving was a privilege, a privilege we’ve lost somewhere along the line together with the privilege of flying, customer service, etiquette, and common courtesy. The world was simpler back then and roles were better defined. I wasn’t born yet but I feel the nostalgic paint sprayed on the curves of the 1956 Bel Airs in your photograph and how every molecule of its aqua paint cries for America’s lost, Golden Age.

    Today, we await the future grace of the Prius and Civic hybrids of the world. Somehow, however, I can’t help but cringe at the thought. Either way, we should be happy that the age of gas guzzling SUVs with their massive size and I-own-the-road-attitude is officially over and to most of us, the prospect of unobstructed view of the road ahead will soon be reality again. And who knows, maybe our golden age will return as well. It’s good omen. The golden age reappears only when we reembrace the golden principles that made it possible to begin with. Time will tell.

  7. Facinating and Wonderful Pictures..Work of Art !

    I also marvel at the color saturation of your photographs.. It reminds me of the time when we used Fuji Velvia. However now digital has changed all that.

    As Ali puts it, Vintage Cars connect us to the age of gentry and charm. They evoke nostalgia.

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