March 03, 2021 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The JBS Collection: Rare cars with a story to tell

Rarity, uniqueness, with a story to tell. These are three words that come to mind when one comes across the vast number of cars owned by car collector Jack Boyd Smith or JBS.

The Indiana-based gentleman owns a fine collection of extremely rare cars, ranging from a 1905 Cadillac Model F, all the way to a 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended. Yet all 60 or so cars in his collection aren’t your plain Jane, run-of-the-mill automobiles that you buy off the showroom floor. Each of his prized steeds has a story to tell, a rich history behind it.

Take his award-winning 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria. It is only one of around 5 that were built back in the day. In fact, this Pebble Beach-winning number is one of the two remaining examples in the world.

Then there is the 1938 Cord that was owned by female aviator Amelia Earhart. While many folks claim that they have something that is like the car owned by Earhart, JBS can proudly say that he has in his collection the actual car she owned.

And of course, there is his very own 2021 Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom Extended. What makes this car special are the Packard blue exterior color, along with the Koa wood used extensively throughout the car’s interior. The former comes from no less than his own 1934 steed, which he specified when asked what color he wanted for his Rolls-Royce.

The latter, meanwhile, comes from a rare wood that can only be found on the island of Maui in Hawaii. He and his wife, Laura, had been going to Hawaii since 1985 and discovered the rare wood during thier regular visits. They loved it so much that they bought a rocking chair made by a woodwork artist who builds only 2-3 examples in a year.

When the Bespoke Team at Goodwood learned about his choice of wood, they took it as a challenge to work with this rare veneer. And the result is what you see in the Phantom Extended.

While many other collectors have offered to buy some of JBS’s prized beauties (with one even offering him blank cheque for him to fill out), he says that he isn’t interested in selling. For him, it’s not about the money. Rather, it’s about bringing these cars back to their original glory. And he even drives each one on a ragular basis, mind you.

Yes, he’s had a good number of cars offered to him ever since he started collecting around 8 years ago. But the cars he has have found him, as he puts it. These cars speak to him, letting him know their story and what makes them unique. It’s not necessarily about being a one-off. It can also be about having a colorful history, making it truly special.

Rarity, uniqueness, with a story to tell. This is the JBS Collection in a nutshell. Check it out at The JBS Collection – The JBS Collection

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