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Who knew cosmetics and automobiles have so much in common? Well they do. They’re both designed to allure, for one thing…shiny, sparkling, colorful, youthful, and ripe with hidden power. Yep, they both invite you in and then take you places you’ve never been before.

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On Thursday, I experienced another very real link between the power of cosmetics…the power of money from a cosmetics fortune that is…and the super-exotic world of rarified car collecting.

The Nethercutt family is a cosmetics manufacturer of the Merle Norman line of cosmetics. Ever heard of them? Yeah, neither did I, but millions have. And Hussy is not only a politically incorrect slang for a sexy lady, but it’s a very successful cosmetic line from Merle Norman as well as the name of a car color for one of their sexy restored classics. See the connection?

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The Merle Norman Company has been around for nearly a century and man oh man they must’ve sold a helluva lot of lipstick, rouge, and eye-liner because the car collection the Nethercutt’s put together at their museum in Sylmar California is staggering.

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The grand salon that houses these cars is said to recreate the look of actual showrooms where these classics were sold in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s before the universe exploded into World War Two.

The Nethercutt restoration prowess displayed itself early on with their very first show entry…their 1936 Duesenberg Convertible Roadster won Best of Show at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in 1958, arguably one of the most pretigious cars shows in the world.

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That first car was a real doozy, a word sprung from the car’s very name, Duesenberg, as I learned on Thursday. By 1992, the Nethercutt’s had won the Pebble Beach event an unprecedented six times. Another doozy of an accomplishment!

You know, I could go on and on with accolades and metaphors and cheeky tidbits of language, but pictures are really worth carloads of words in this case. Suffice it to say, that Nettie and I had a lovely morning with good friends taking in the sights and sounds.

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I say, “sounds” because the Nethercutt’s also have a world-renowned collection of automated musical instruments, including pipe organs, such as the mighty Wurlitzer Silent Theater Organ and ochestrions (an orchestra in a box) that are worthy of a visit all by themselves.

To take a look at a some of the shots I took of this remarkable collection, which is free to the public by the way, click on the link below. Give the site a few seconds to load until the click arrows appear in the margins.

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4 Responses to Hussy Lipstick & Sexy Automobiles

  1. Anonymous says:

    Definitely Art in Motion. The Thirties Cars, so gorgeous, so dangerous. Not a lot or safety options built in, but what the hell, you only live once, sooooooooooo

  2. Frank Z says:

    Glad you liked ’em. We’ll go together if you make it this far West!
    fz

  3. Mark says:

    Frank.
    Max loved the photos. I have never been, but I must take him, if we are ever in LA. He particularly liked the Delorean as he is a BttF fan. Me. I liked the led sled Mercury. Very cool

    • Beverly Pine says:

      I went several years ago. The cars were fun, but the floor of “music boxes” blew my mind. If you have that much money, it must have been nice to have fun with it. Ever been to the Liberace Museum in Vegas? It closed a few years ago, but I will never forget the sheer collection of cars, stuff, videos. Take care.

      Beverly

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