Lee Hartung's Museum/Estate will have an auction by Auctions America by RM on Nov. 3-5, 2011 in Glenview, IL. Lee was a legendary collector and the collection has rare automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, police badges, toys, clocks...anything you can imagine to collect will be there!
This 1949 Spohn-bodied Veritas BMW cabriolet is not my favorite BMW...and this blog isn't titled "all things BMW" but automotive design has become so homogenized...its refreshing to see "new" ideas even when the ideas are old ones...this car echo's a 1937 Cord to me...just sayin'
This wild looking 1949 Spohn-bodied Veritas BMW cabriolet will be auctioned next month as part of the sell-off of Lee Roy Hartung estate collection in Chicago. The guy had some amazing stuff, including wild license plate collection. Instead of just one or two blurry Craigslist photos, the items are being auctioned off individually with really great photos of each item. This crazy machine is one of the stand-outs, and should bring a pretty penny when sold.
The rear fins and center rear circle in the bumper are Spohn signatures, and bravo to BaT commenters below who also pegged it as a dead-ringer for the Buick LeSabre show car.
The triple-carb 6-cylinder engine in the Hartung car is similar to that of the BMW 327 cars of the same era.