I went out to Historic New England’s Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts this weekend to view what must have been hundreds of antique automobiles parked in its surrounding fields. As all of you in this area know, Sunday was a hot and bright day, and all that chrome seemed to make it hotter and brighter! I liked the juxtaposition of the twentieth-century cars with the eighteenth-century house; the Codman house, alternatively known as “The Grange”, was built around 1740 but considerably altered in the 1790s, so that it looks like a proper (though a bit boxy) Salem Federal house to an amateur architectural historian such as myself.
I am sorry to disappoint antique automobile aficionados, but I arrived a bit late and wanted to take as many photographs as possible so I didn’t gather that much information about the cars. This is really a shame, as their owners (all men, as far as I could tell) were extremely eager to tell onlookers all about them—both the history of the car and their history with the car. I wish I had had more time to hear every car tale. For the most part, except for a few Jaguars and MGs, this was an American car meet-up: all models of Fords, Studebakers, Hudsons, Packards, Cadillacs. Lots of trucks! I did see a few original Beetles, but the only older BMW was decidedly late for the party and turned away.
Not a great picture, but very representative of the day: great variety and gleaming chrome.
I kept checking back, but I never saw this guy, only his legs.
For some reason, I was particularly taken with all the trucks on display. Vintage trucks are so much more attractive than the behemoths on the road today! This early REO truck got a lot of attention (I liked its wheels).
Lots of big, LONG mid-century American cars, both convertibles and hard-tops. The Thunderbirds seemed particularly numerous and beautiful, both inside and out.
My very favorite (despite Mr. Nader), the Corvair, and a perfect Packard.
July 18th, 2011 at 11:45 am
Antique cars combine great fun and great design. Next summer you might want to check out the Micro Mini Car Day lawn event at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. I went a few years ago and loved it. I wrote about it for House Enthusiast http://www.katiehutchison.com/house-enthusiast/micro-mini-car-day.html. (This year’s event was on July 9.)
July 18th, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Hi Katie, I’m so sorry I missed it but am glad to have notice of next year and your article. Car enthusiasts are almost as interesting as house enthusiasts!