California fire destroyed unique 1948 roadster

California fire destroyed unique 1948 roadster

November 13, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

The collection of Gary Červený’s cars burned completely on fire

In Woolsey Fire, which began a few days ago near Los Angeles, in Ventura County, the Gary Cherven collection was completely burned. Among the destroyed cars was a unique exhibit – the Norman Timbs Special 1948 roadster that existed in a single copy, also known as the Buick Streamliner.

The car was created by Norman Timbs, a mechanical engineer from Los Angeles who helped build the legendary Tucker 48 (Torpedo). The inspiration for the roadster was streamlined German racing cars of the 30s. The car was built on an individually designed tubular chassis with a fully aluminum body and suspension parts from Ford. To preserve the speed, Timbs refused to door, and the passenger compartment as much as possible pushed forward.

Norman Timbs Special equipped with a row “eight” Buick (Fireball 8), which could accelerate the car weighing a tonne to 193 kilometers per hour. The construction of the car cost Timbs 10 thousand dollars, which in today’s money would be about 105 thousand dollars.

Until 2000, the car was considered to be lost forever, until it was found at a dump in the California desert. The body of the roadster is preserved by 90 percent. Two years later, the car was sold at auction for 17,600 dollars. The buyer was Gary Cerveny.

Restored Streamliner debuted at the Amelia Island Elegance Competition in 2010. There, the roadster received an award from the Sotheby’s auction house as the “Best Open Car” exhibition.

Earlier, a photo appeared on the Web with firefighters saving a rare copy of the classic Ford Mustang – Shelby GT350 from a burning house. According to the photographer, maslkar – the only thing that was saved. The fires in Malibu also destroyed the home of actor Gerard Butler and the first generation of Ford Bronco kept in the garage.