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Vintage Autos Return to Prairie Avenue

The hands of time were turned back to the first third of the 20th century on Sunday June 24, 2012 when 19 vintage automobiles drove on to the 1800 block of South Prairie Avenue in Chicago for a very special car show commemorating the 125th anniversary of Glessner House.  The autos dated to the period in which the Glessners resided on Prairie Avenue and owned an automobile, 1906-1936, and represented many of the most popular makes and models of the era.  Hundreds of people attended the show, many of whom also took advantage of free tours of the museums and the nearby Motor Row Historic District, where dozens of early 20th century automobile showrooms survive (all of which have been converted to new uses).   Our thanks to all the owners for sharing their treasured automobiles with a most grateful and captivated audience.  The autos on display (in date order) were as follows:


1910 Ford Model T Touring


1919 Haynes Light 6 Touring


1925 Ford Model T Touring


1926 Lincoln L Sedan


1927 Pierce Arrow Series 80 Roadster


1929 Packard 8 626 Sedan


1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton


1930 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Zagato Roadster


1930 Stutz SV16 Weymann Monte Carlo


1930 Packard 733 Roadster


1931 Packard 840 Sport Phaeton


1931 Pierce Arrow Model 41 Dual Cowl Phaeton
(hood ornament featured at top of article)


1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Phaeton


1931 Lincoln K Dual Cowl Phaeton


1931 Packard 840 Sport Cabriolet


1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Brewster Town Car


1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet


1935 Plymouth 6 Sedan


1936 Chrysler Airflow Coupe