Automobilia Posts

The Cisitalia 202 Might be the most Beautiful Car at the Petersen


Italy is known for its many stunning automotive designs, so when one stands out above all the others, is must be exceptional. Consider this Cisitalia 202 Coupe, part of the Petersen Automotive Museum collection.

Most people have never heard of Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia, even by its shorter moniker Cisitalia. They started by building single sear race cars, and branded out to build limited production cars based on Fiat mechanicals with custom coachwork. In 1947, the company released the 202 Coupe, considered one of the most perfectly designed  cars of that or any other era. It was one of the first cars to cohesively combine the passenger compartment, trunk and mechanicals into a single integrated package instead of treating them as separate components.


The Pininfarina design was so successful that it was featured at the Museum of Modern Art’s first ever exhibit on automotive design in 1951. In fact, one remains as part of their permanent collection.

Prefect design does not necessarily equal sales success, however. Only 170 of these aluminum bodies masterpieces were produced before the company folded.


The maroon 202 shown here is part of the collection at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Petersen is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example.

Yeeeeeha! Texas Bull S#!t Scraper at the Petersen Automotive Museum

1900_Overland_06What do you get for the actor who has everything? Well, in 1971, Bob Hope wanted to present something unique to his good friend John Wayne for his birthday. So he commissioned  legendary customizer George Barris to modify a covered wagon. The result is the 1900 Texas Bull S#!t Scraper, a covered wagon with a not-so-covered engine. Cow pattern upholstery and a rack of longhorns up front help complete the look. And there is a load of fake manure in back for good measure.

Despite appearances, it is street legal, with disc brakes and seat belts. It’s powered by a 283 Chevy V-8 hooked up to a Powerglide transmission, so it has slightly more horsepower than the original 1900 configuration (that would be, 2-4 real horses.)

1900_Overland_18-1This car is one of hundreds of historic custom and classic vehicles on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Petersen is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example.

Boyd Coddington Online Museum adds the Boydster 1 Roadster

Boydster_1_Cars_db24e25a-edda-455e-918a-161dd89372d9The Boydster 1 roadster rolled into the hobbyDB Boyd Coddington online musem at hobbyDB this week.

The original Boydster was built as Coddington’s own personal ride, the first he had done for himself in years. This ’32 Ford harkens back to the clean, simple look of early hot rods, fenderless and absent most chrome. The hi-boy style retains the proportions of the original car, but the entire body was actually reconstructed from aluminum. Attention to detail includes having the leading edge of the doors run right into the raked windshield. The custom red color is perfectly matched in the leather upholstery, carpets and steering wheel. You can read much more about it here.

Our collection is organized and maintained by Boyd Coddington Jr., son of the late great customizer. We will add a new entry every week or so… not just the real cars, but also the miniature versions in diecast, kit, or whatever form they take. You can get the full story here.

The Boydster 2 was also added to the collection recently.

As much as we want to claim to be the experts on his full-sized cars, though, we still need some help completing the rest of our collection. Got a model of one of our cars that we haven’t listed? Did you score some sweet promotional materials at a car show? Got any amazing photos of his rides in action? You can log onto hobbyDB and post them!


Casey Thornton Joins hobbyDB

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hobbyDB is glad to have Casey Thornton on board as a Catalog Editor and Outreach Specialist. His job entails reaching out to collector clubs to round up experts and participants for our project.

Casey worked previously as the Multi-Unit Manager for Human Touch and as a Genius at the Apple Store, which really comes in handy in our Mac-based office.

He collects Bows and Archery related items, as well as Books and Medieval related items. His more modern passions include restoring a 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet that has been in his family since it was brand new. He is also the Subject Manager for the Lincoln section on our site.


Motorcycles Roar Into hobbyDB Database

As our online catalog of everything collectible continues to expand, we have added a section for motorcycles… real, full-size 1:1 scale bikes, that is. This includes choppers, sport bikes, scooters, cruisers, and everything in between.

Having a comprehensive listing of motorbikes will benefit collectors of model motorcycles as well, as you will now be able to compare notes and cross reference your models with the real thing.

BMW R 1100 RS, the Ultimate Cruising Machine

BMW R 1100 RS, the Ultimate Cruising Machine

Our first motorcycle, a BMW R 1100 RS, was posted on May 1, and many have been added since. If you are an expert on motorcycles (an entire brand or just one model), start posting new models on our site today!