Celebrity Vehicle Exhibit
Get ready to step into the world of celebrity rides at the 2024 #NYIAS! From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the courtside stardom of basketball, these iconic vehicles have graced the lives of some of the most legendary figures in history.
1971 Stutz Blackhawk
Did you know Elvis bought the very first car sold by Stutz? It quickly became a favorite among Hollywood elites like Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, and Sammy Davis Jr. – even Frank Sinatra was reportedly envious!
Today, only 14 of these rare series 1 cars survive, and the very first Stutz Blackhawk ever produced is making its debut. Delivered to Elvis himself in Beverly Hills, this 1971 beauty later found a new home with his personal physician, Dr. Elias Ghanem.
Now, it’s a prized gem in a remarkable private collection, alongside other exotic, classic, and American cars.
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S
This 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet holds a prestigious history, having been originally purchased by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who bestowed it upon his beloved wife, Princess Grace Kelly. Following its royal beginnings, the car found its way into the hands of Herr Schultz, who, enamored by its beauty, brought it to his home in Napa Valley, California.
Under Herr Schultz’s care for 38 years, the Mercedes-Benz underwent a transition of ownership, eventually landing in the possession of Napa Valley attorney M.C. Bishop. Recognizing its timeless elegance, Bishop commissioned a meticulous restoration in 2005, resulting in a show-quality masterpiece that stands as a testament to the car’s enduring appeal.
Today, this 220 S Cabriolet graces a distinguished private collection, alongside an array of exotic, classic, and American automobiles, serving as a symbol of automotive excellence and historical significance.
1948 Packard Super 8
This 1948 Packard Super 8 holds a unique legacy, having been cherished for the past decade by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Known for his illustrious basketball career, which spanned two decades and saw him achieve unparalleled success with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar’s ownership adds a layer of distinction to this already remarkable vehicle.
Restored and modernized for enhanced driving pleasure, this Packard boasts a formidable 454/425 HP GM V-8 engine, paired with a GM Turbo-Hydramatic 700R4 automatic transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end. Equipped with power front disc brakes, power steering gear, and upgraded suspension featuring front and rear sway bars, this car offers both power and precision on the road.
Customized to accommodate Abdul-Jabbar’s stature, the interior features individual Glide front bucket seats, ensuring comfort and style befitting a basketball icon.
Now, a cherished member of a prestigious private collection, this Packard stands as a testament to both automotive craftsmanship and the enduring legacy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the world of sports and beyond.
Don’t miss your chance to witness automotive history!
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