A Life Dedicated to Classic Cars
by Rafael Tardelli
Og Pozzoli, one of the most respected car collectors of Brazil, unfortunately died on Friday at the age of 84
His incredible collection is in his country house in Cotia, São Paulo. Through the stone paths of the Red House, as Og Pozzoli called his property, 170 old vehicles are distributed in four sheds.
During a visit to his collection, I recall some picturesque stories about cars that are sometimes more interesting than the vehicle itself.
One of those stories is about the older cars in the collection, two Fiat Country Bus, from 1912 and 1914, which Og refused to sell for $ 1 million dollars to Fiat president Gianni Agnelli saying: “If I agree to sell I will continue at the same house, taking the same wine. The only difference is not having my Fiats”
Other memorable vehicle is the 1938 Lincoln V12, the first car produced especially for presidential use. The model was so special that only five were made, and only two were left, one that served Franklin Delano Roosevelt, president of the United States (1933-1945), that now it is at the White House Museum in Washington and the other that the São Paulo government has for years, leading to tours form 1950s to 1960s, the presidents Craveiro Lopes (Portugal), Giovanni Gronchi (Italy), Charles de Gaulle (France) and Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip (England).
After his retirement from government services the vehicle was sold to Og, who years later led Pope John Paul II on the first of his three visits to Brazil in 1980.
Another wonderful car is the 1928 Chrysler Imperial model with aluminum body, with this car Og drove the Pope for 81km between two cities in São Paulo and in other opportunity he drove the Princess Michiko Shoda wife of Prince Akihito from Japan on a tour through São Paulo.
Other jewel is the 1946 Ford Sportsman, rare even in the US. In 1946 the American public had not yet been awakened to the magic of sports cars, which have been venerated by Europeans since the 1920s, so that Ford, lacking a new product and financial difficulties, took advantage of the know-how in the manufacture of wood Station wagons, the famous Woodies, launch this version that is more sophisticated product than the standard convertible. This version was eternalized in theaters as the villain’s car Biff Tannen in the trilogy Back to the Future.
Og swears that his model originally came with the cowhide car seats.
I end this little souvenir of Og and his cars with a rare vehicle from his collection a 1918 Moon Type 6-45 Piton, which belonged to the president of Brazil Washington Luiz. According to Og this is the only example of this model that survived and it took two years to be restored. Moon Motor Car Company (1905 – 1930) was an American automobile company that was located in St. Louis, Missouri. The company had a venerable reputation among the buying public, as it was known for fully assembled, easily affordable mid-level cars using high-quality parts.