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Famous horses have been featured in works of art for since the dawn of time, in the days of old a prize stallion would be immortalized in oil and the canvas hung proudly above its owners mantle for all to admire. Today your prize pony can also be immortalized and hung for admiration with an original print from the ‘Automotive Michelangelo’ himself, Mr Danny Whitfield. For a limited time with the purchase of a new Ford Mustang from Raceway Ford in Riverside, CA, you will receive a framed print signed by the artist of your new car purchased for you by our own Mustang Man Mike theCarGuy. Imagine having your co-workers admiration of your new Mustang when they see it hanging on your office wall or your friends and family being able to see your prized stallion as it hangs prominently on a wall in your home! The remaining 2014 Mustangs are moving briskly so time is critical, if you have your sights on a new Pony the time is now, and when you buy your new car you will get one to hang on the wall too!
About the Artist:
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“Danny Whitfield was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, “Auto Capital of the World, He brought his vision of art and cars to the fore front and has been the key artist in making automotive art a respected form in the industry. Whitfield has a magical ability to bring out the beauty of an automobile and expression vividly onto canvas. He has the ability to paint and draw and does many forms of art from scenic, architectural, to portrait images. However his affinity and love for automobile is his first love. Ever since he was five years old he’s been drawing cars. This is his passion! After attending Center of Creative College in Detroit and Macomb County College in Warren Michigan, He began his career working for the Ford Motor Company, and many other Auto motive design firms as an Artist, Stylist, Designer and Illustrator. Whitfield gained much experience and enjoyed his time greatly working in the industry, yet something inside was driving him in a different direction. Whitfield enjoyed most creating his own fine art pieces. During a time when automotive art was more popular at car shows Whitfield began presenting pieces in this forum to enthusiasts at these venues. This was not an easy task as most were somewhat selective on who they accept into their close nit groups. Plus the fact many local galleries didn’t seem to accept cars as art nor were not happy to see Whitfield achieve success. Many enthusiasts wanted to see his work but were denied that privilege based on the “Good old boy” networks. This had little effect on him as he was determined to share his love for automobile art with the world. With every obstacle placed before him he overcame them all and continued his journey.
As time moved on Whitfield established his business officially and with the age of technology he has now been able to move from art in the galleries into a much broader audience. With the birth of the Internet and social networks such as Facebook- Twitter and so on, Whitfield exploded onto the scene. No longer held down by the restrictive galleries and other businesses he moved on to create “The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield” With the help of the networks and a wide spread audience Whitfield has become a cult phenomenon in the auto world. He art has gone worldwide and is known throughout the world. Whitfield offers something to the auto enthusiast that makes a deep inner connection to the soul. When you take the owner’s automobile who spent many hours on modifying, customizing, they have created a very special masterpiece. Whitfield takes that masterpiece and captures it in still life. Every auto collector is highly satisfied with the outcome. Like a memory of a newborn baby in still photos so does Whitfield captures the car with his art.” You can see all his work at DannyWhitifeld.com
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1954 Hudson Italia. Photos by Alejandro Rodriguez, courtesy Gooding and Company. 1954 Hudson Italia art print by Danny Whitfield.com
In the 1950s, American automakers both large and small partnered with Italian design houses on concept cars and limited-production grand tourers. Chrysler, for example, turned to Ghia for concepts (and later, the Dodge-based Dual Ghia coupe and convertible), while Ford turned to former Ghia employee Felice Mario Boano to style its 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe. Even Hudson got in on the trans-Atlantic action, hiring Carrozzeria Touring to pen a special model based on the Hudson Jet. The result was the Hudson Italia, of which just 27 examples were constructed; one of these, possibly owned by Liberace during its six-decade lifespan, will cross the block next month.
The Hudson Italia was the brainchild of Hudson’s head designer, Frank Spring. Looking for a way to bring attention and prestige to the Hudson brand, Spring felt that a collaboration with a respected Italian design firm would give the struggling automaker a design edge. It would also yield a halo car, in the form of a grand touring coupe, of which just 25 examples were produced in the first (and ultimately, only) design run. Counting the Hudson Italia prototype and a four-door sedan prototype known as the X-161, only 27 such models were ever assembled, of which 21 are known to survive today.
While the chassis and mechanicals were based on the new-for-1953 Hudson Jet, the 202-cu.in. inline six-cylinder engine received the benefit of dual two-barrel carburetors, as opposed to the Jet’s single one-barrel carburetor. The net result was an output of 114 horsepower, compared to the Jet’s rating of 104 horsepower, and performance was further enhanced via the lightweight “Superleggera” body provided by Touring. As was the norm in race car construction of the day, the body panels mounted to a framework of hollow steel tubes, designed to add chassis rigidity while shaving pounds from the finished product.
When the Italia debuted in 1953, Hudson described the car as being “styled like no other car that preceded it,” and the jet-age influences (such as the faux “intakes” positioned above the headlamps, or the jet-fighter-like front seats) are unmistakable. Even by Hudson “step down” standards, the Italia was low to the ground, with a height roughly 10 inches lower than other Hudson models. Had things gone according to plan, the Hudson Italia would have entered mass production, but time was not on the automaker’s side; just as the Italia began to hit dealerships, financial difficulties prompted Hudson’s merger with Nash, which saw no reason to proceed with production of an expensive, Italian-bodied grand touring coupe (though it did explore the idea a couple of years later with the Pinin Farina-built Rambler Palm Beach concept car).
Chassis IT10011, to be offered by Gooding and Company in Scottsdale, has seen a fair number of trips across the auction block in recent years. Once part of the Harrah collection (and rumored to have been owned by Liberace, though no solid proof of this exists), the car was offered for sale in unrestored condition at RM’s Arizona auction in January 2008. Bidding reached a high of $250,000, which wasn’t enough to meet the car’s reserve. A few months later, Bonhams offered the car at Quail Lodge, where bidding hit a high of $210,000. The car was then subjected to a comprehensive restoration before being sold at RM’s Amelia Island auction in 2009 for a price of $275,000.
Gooding and Company predicts this example, generally described as one of the nicest Italias remaining, will sell between $400,000 and $500,000 when it crosses the stage in Scottsdale next month. For additional details on the upcoming sale, visit GoodingCo.com.