November 19, 2011 in Car Collectors
Jim Glickenhaus’s car collection is among the most envied in the world, and it is also one of the most eclectic. Jim Glickenhaus demands something special out of every car he owns. Glickenhaus is a true car enthusiast and not just a collector who leaves his car in a garage gathering dust. His taste in exotic luxury cars highly evolved to say the least. Jim owns about 15 extremely rare and exotic cars. In this post we are going to take a look at a few of the AMAZING exotic cars in his garage which traces the evolution of high performance automobiles.
1932 Duesenberg Model J Franay Body Convertible Sedan
You want a car that puts the class in classic? This one’s a real Deusy! Check out Glickenhaus’s ’32 Deusenberg Convertible.
It was once said that the only car that could pass a Duesy was another Duesy, and that was only if the other driver was permitting. James owns a 1932 Franay bodied one-off Duesenberg once owned by the queen of Yugoslavia.
1947 – Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa (# 002)
Next up is about the earliest known Ferrari (did I mention this guy loves his Ferrari’s?), the 166 Spider Corsa. This rocket on wheels was based on the cigar-shaped body style of late 40′s era Formula 2 race cars. Now any old Ferrari 166 would suit most car collectors, but not Jim Glickenhaus. No Sir. He had to own the very first one. So he picked up the very root of the Ferrari family tree at an auction in 2002. It is widely believed that this very car was the 1947 Turin Grand Prix victor, driven by Raymond Sommer.
1967 Ford GT40 MKIV
As fond as James is for Ferrari, he also coveted the first American car to beat Ferrrari at Le Mans. Ford entered 4 different GT40 MKIV “J Cars” into the race, but only two actually finished. After the win Ford gave all 4 cars the same body and red paint finish. Turns out that the MK IV James Glickenhaus bought in 1991 was NOT the Le Mans winner piloted by Gurney and Foyt, but the 4th placer driven by McLaren and Donohue. So he had it repainted back to its historic yellow.
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Competizione (The Yellow Dino)
This car, built by Pininfarina was squirreled it away out of sight for 40 years. While working with Pininfarina on James’ P4/5, Glickenhaus convinced them to sell on the basis that he would actually give the car exposure in auto shows and driving it around.
2009 Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione
I think Jim Glickenhaus goes crazy any time the name “Competizione” is attached to a car. Jim was one of the first 100 Americans to purchase this US specific Alpha Romeo, which he had delivered in Ferrari red (did I mention Jim loves Ferrari?) Jim parks this beauty in the cummeter rail parking lot on his way into Manhattan for work every day (every day he isn’t playing in the garage that is).
Ferrari P 4/5
And here is the famous Ferrari P4/5, the only one of its kind in the world. Jim hired Pininferina to design and build this custom body on a Ferrari Enzo chassis. The styling is based on the P4 and P4 Ferraris from the 60′s, when racecars and street cars were one and the same.
Ferrari P 4/5 Competitizone
You thought it was over? It ain’t over. To top the P 4/5 Glickenhaus commissioned a second bespoke Ferrari, this one dubbed (what else) the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione (I told you he’s fond of that name). This time around, instead of an Enzo chassis, the Competizione is built on a F430 Scuderia chassis. While still (possibly) street legal, this one was purpose built for racing, and James’ team drove it in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring on June 23-24 of 2011.