Grace Kelly and Cary Grant being chased through the south of France in a 1953 Sunbeam Alpine Mk. 1 is so simply elegant it really makes you wonder why modern Hollywood has such a hard time making good movies. [Photo: To Catch A Thief, 1955]
Before Paris Hilton, hell, before Gloria Steinem, there was Liz Taylor as Gloria Wandrous in Butterfield 8, a model-slash-call-girl whose personal shame was the shot heard round the world for the women's movement. She also drove a sweet Sunbeam Alpine.
You hear a lot of guys bragging about their cars' mighty power output, claiming 500 horses at the wheels and so on, but how many actually roll up to a real-world dynamometer test? Armand did!
What do you call a collection of rusty Singers, Hillmans, Simcas, and Sunbeams, assembled as part of an "outdoor museum" in Waukesha, and all for sale cheap? Wisconsin Death Trip?
As soon as you arrive at the Monterey Historics and park your car, something becomes very clear: this isn't your typical bunch of parked cars! More late-model Porsches, Ferraris, and Corvettes than you can shake a briefcase full of nonsequentially-numbered $20 bills at, of course, but also dozens of funky old imports…