HAMPTON, Ga. – A pair of vehicles considered to be among the most prestigious ever built in America will be on display April 26-27 as part of the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama.
One of the vehicles is a cream-colored 1939 Packard convertible sedan that is valued at approximately a half million dollars and has very strong ties to the Academy Award-winning movie “Gone With The Wind.” The other car, an orange-colored 1930 Pierce Arrow Model A, was widely used during the era of prohibition.
Both classic automobiles come from the Cofer Collection of cars and will be on exhibit in the Speedway Salon at Motorama. The Speedway Salon is home to the highest priced feature vehicles at the event.
The Packard holds very deep ties to the movie “Gone With the Wind.” It was the grand marshal car for the “Gone With The Wind” parade that coincided with the premiere of the movie in 1939. Thomasville, Ga., plantation owner and millionaire Jock Whitney, who was the chief financial backer for “Gone With The Wind,” owned the car from 1939 to 1957. Those riding in the car while it was owned by Whitney included a “Who’s Who” of society in addition to “Gone With The Wind” stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
During its hey-day, the Packard was seen as a major status symbol among the wealthy. It doubled as a convertible with the roof down but when the roof was raised, its interior was utilized as a limousine. The car possesses a 12-cylinder engine and its total length a little more than 19 feet long.
“When people see this car, they just gravitate towards it,” said Cecil McCall, curator of The Cofer Collection. “This car belonged to a very famous person and is a piece of history.”
The 1930 Pierce Arrow Model A is a type of car that was commonly used during the prohibition era. In fact, it has a fifth door that was used to hide a fifth of liquor from revenue agents. Among the other interesting features of the vehicle include the headlights, which are actually built into the car’s fenders.
The Model A has long since been out of production as Pierce Arrow only produced cars from 1901 to 1938.
“The orange color really makes this car stand out,” McCall said. “When people see it, they’re just attracted to it.”
The 1939 Packard and 1930 Pierce Arrow join an impressive list of vehicles that will be on display at the inaugural Motorama event that includes cars from the Truett Cathy collection, national award winning cars and hundreds of cars entered by the Southeast’s motoring enthusiasts.