Our Show Cars
We have 2 very special cars on hand that we truly consider "Show Cars". The first, belongs to RROC member Sam Bornholdt. The beautiful automobile is a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III (LSHS235) & was shown for judging at the 2012 RROC National Meet. A few months prior to the National Meet, Sam had come to Coachbuilt to have his Silver Cloud III tweaked for judging. With Sam's patience & Jim's guidance, the Cloud slowly became show-ready. After a careful transport to the meet in Louisville, KY., & with final preparations, the car, against some very serious competition, took 1st place. Shortly after the National Meet, the Silver Cloud was put on display at the 30th annual Arthritis Auto Show in Dublin, OH on July 7, 2012. There, the Silver Cloud won "Best In Show" title. On September 16, 2012, Sam, his wife Beverly, along with Jim & Donna, entered the car in the Dayton Concours d'Elegance show. Despite some very stiff competition, Sam's car won First In Class. Sam, went ahead to show the car at the 2013 RROC National Meet in San Antonio, TX. Again, the Cloud brought home another award. At the 2014 RROC National Meet held in beautiful Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, PA., Sam's car brought home yet another award. The car is currently back at Coachbuilt on display. It is definitely worth a look, if you're in the area.
The second show car in our showroom is a 1936 Rolls Royce. GRM7 was delivered by Rolls Royce to Coachbuilder Gurney Nutting in July of 1936. Once completed, it was delivered to a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal West Kent Regiment, who later sold it to a physician in the London area, who possessed a petrol permit, presumably to allow him to make medical calls throughout the London area during the war. After the war, and having survived relentless bombing, the car changed hands a few times, and was eventually purchased & transported to the US. At some point, Nelson Rockefeller bought the car & it later reached the hands of C. Fred Brown, a car enthusiast based in Arizona & Ohio. The last, & current owner, is Coachbuilt owner James Metheney. Jim did a little 'fine tuning' to bring the car to near original condition. The only time, in recent history that this car has been shown, was at the Arthritis Foundation show in Dublin, OH., where it won top prize, in the Rolls Royce arena.
The photos below show Sam's car at the National Meet in Louisville. Sam is surrounded by his wife, Beverly, and Jim & Donna Metheney. Below that, is Jim's 1936 Rolls Royce.
Show cars winning 1st place at RROC National Meet events that have been restored by Coachbuilt in prior years have been:
Bob Paisley's 1953 Silver Wraith Hooper Limousine, Sam Bornholdt's 1964 Silver Cloud III, & Jim Metheney's 1937 25-30 four door sedan, GWN51, coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly.