2010 SALISBURY CONCOURS TO FEATURE THE CARS OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
On September 12th, "The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright" will gather at the Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa.
Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, was as discerning about the cars that carried him as he was about the blueprints that bore his name. His stable of automotive thoroughbreds reflected his appreciation of quality design. On the other hand, Wright put his architectural apprentices behind the wheels of Crosleys, America's less-expensive "orphan babies," America's forgotten economy cars.
Fine examples of both will be features of the 2010 Salisbury Concours d'Elegance, regarded as Iowa's most prestigious annual automobile display.
The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright
Twice each year between the late 1930s and 1950s, the old master led his young prodigies on semi-annual treks between Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona in Crosleys. Wright traveled in the comfort of an opulent classic. His favorites included the front-wheel-drive 1929 Cord L29 and the first Lincoln Continentals of 1940. Wright's apprentices followed in their miniature Bantam and Crosley roadsters.
Most of Wright's automotive fleet has been lost to time. But the same makes and models will be highlighted in the elegant courtyard and restored garage of the palatial Salisbury House.
The John E. Christian House a Wright-designed home in West Lafayette, Indiana is home to a collection of Wright memorabilia. A portion of the home's collection has been loaned exclusively to the Salisbury House for this event.
Presentations about Frank Lloyd Wright will be offered.
(We have a photo of FLW and wife Olgivanna with their VC Super Sports in our Celebrity Crosleys album.
Smart Motors, the Mercedes/Crosley dealer in Madison, WI stored Frank Lloyd Wright's cars in their lower level garage when Mr. Wright wasn't at Taliesin East in Spring Green. Madison was hit by a large rain storm; Smart Motors was in a flood zone. The deluge resulted in the entire lower level garage being flooded.)
Currently in Hemmings Motor News:
1948 Crosley $3,500