Decked out in bright green with dark green accents, a 1932 Oldsmobile F-32 Convertible owned by Doug Width of Bloomfield Hills demanded plenty of attention Sunday at Concours d'Elegance of America at in Plymouth.
While not best in class, the car earned a red ribbon Sunday.
The F-32 introduced many firsts for Oldsmobile, which itself was the first auto company to use the assembly line, according to literature accompanying the vehicle on the field. The car featured an automatic choke and throttle advance, which moved the throttle to a start position with the starter medal was depressed. It also was the only year Oldsmobile used a decarbonizer, which would release a chemical when prompted by the driver while leaving the car overnight, which would clean carbon off the pistons in the car. According to an event emcee, the jury still is out about whether the feature worked effectively.
The car's suspension featured a ride regulator with double-action shock absorbers for either a soft or firm ride, the literature indicated. There were just 333 six-wire wheel converibles made.
Width, the car's owner, completed a five-year restoration on the vehicle in 2010, and it has since won numerous awards at Oldsmobile Club meets. It also won Best of Class and Best Restored Car at the 2011 Detroit Autorama, the literature indicated.
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