Nethercutt Collection – Sylmar, CA (USA)

Hiding away in a small town, called Sylmar, just off the I5 freeway in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, you will find a veritable treasure trove of vintage, veteran and classic cars. This is the Nethercutt Collection, assembled over many years by the eponymous late JB and Dorothy Nethercutt. Over 250 cars have been amassed, and these are split between a museum, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday, and a separate Collection in a building across the street, for which advance booking are required and where the only access is for those who are deemed to be smartly enough dressed and no under 12s are permitted, who then get a 2 hour guided tour. The Collection incIudes several previous winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I was unaware of the prior reservation requirement, so had to content myself (this time) with the museum, and what a fabulous array of vehicles awaited me in there.

There are a lot of cars in the museum, and they are parked up fairly close to each other, so not ideal for the photographer. did not manage to photograph everything, but captured much of what was on display, and had to resort to making a note of what each exhibit was, as there are many unusual vehicles presented, a lot of them from marques that have long since disappeared. So, pictured in the order in which I came across the cars, here they are:

1909 Gordon Brillie 70/90 Tourer
1913 Christie Front Drive Pumper. These were very popular, and provided one of the first replacements for horse driven fire appliances. This particular example saw service for 40 years.
1925 Doble Series E
1931 Cunningham Series V-9
1936 Hupmobile 618G 6 Passenger Sedan
1917 Oldsmobile 45
1937 Graham Cavalier Series 95
1925 Franklin 10/C Sedan
1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sedanca da Ville
1923 Renault 40CV Tourer
1919 Pierce Arrow 51 7 Passenger
1911 Pope Hartford
1956 Packard Caribbean
1952 Hudson Hornet Convertible
1947 Ford “Woodie”
1933 Hispano-Suiza S12 Coupe de Ville
1937 Pierce-Arrow 1702, complete with period caravan
1926 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
The museum pointed out very proudly that they have an example of every different “mark” of Phantom, and they believe are the only collection to do so 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV. Only 18 cars were made in the 4th mark of the Phantom series, and they all went to Heads of State around the world, initially.
1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver-Cloud III
1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupe. This car was the personal property of JB Nethercutt, founder of the museum, who bought it from new
1951 Bentley Mark VI
1936 Duesenberg Model SJ
1904 Packard Model L
1938 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Coupe
1941 Packard 1907 Custom Super 8
1939 Packard Twelve
1933 Pierce-Arrow Convertible Sedan
1948 MG TC. These cars were very popular with GIs returning to the US after seeing service in Europe in WW2.
1956 Porsche 356
1934 Ford De Luxe Roadster
1933 American Austin
1967 Ferrari 365 California Spider
1933 Franklin 174 Club Brougham
1928 Nash Special Six Coupe
1903 Peerless Type 6 Style F Rear Entrance Tonneau. This particular car has competed successfully in the London – Brighton event in the past
1927 Pierce-Arrow 36 Dual Cowl Phaeton
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Town Car
1913 Mercedes 37/95 Double Phaeton Torpedo
1914 Peerless 48-Six Touring
1911 Kroon Thirty
1907 Pierce Great Arrow 65Q Touring
1916 Simplex Crane Model 5
1920 Kenworthy 4-80 7 Passenger Touring
1930 Packard 745 de Luxe 8
1928 Chrysler 72 Sport Roadster
1938 Cadillac Series 90
1933 Cadillac 452-C Imperial Limousine
1931 Daimler Double-Six
1932 Cadillac 355-B De Luxe Sport Coupe
1937 Packard Twelve Fifteenth Series
1932 Pierce-Arrow 53 Sedan
1921 Lincoln L Phaeton
1923 Voisin C5 Sporting Limousine
1936 Ford V8 de Luxe Roadster
1931 Ford Model “A” de Luxe Phaeton
1931 Ford Model “A” Sport Coupe
1931 Bugatti Type 51
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6 Cabrio de Ville
I’ve saved the best bit until last. Admission to see these priceless treasures is absolutely free!
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2009-12-12 20:39:29

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