J.B. Nethercutt (J J.B. Nethercutt)

J.B. Nethercutt

Cosmetics Manufacturer and Car Collector. He co-founded Merle Norman Cosmetics, producing cosmetics for sale in 1931. Respected in the beauty industry as an expert on cosmetic chemistry, he created a number of his firm’s most popular products, including blush rouge, perfume and lipsticks. He is perhaps better known for using his wealth to assemble one of the world’s finest automobile collections. The Nethercutt Collection and Museum, consists of more than 250 vintage cars housed in the Tower of Beauty in Sylmar, California. He started his collection in 1956, purchasing a 1936 Duesenberg convertible roadster for $5,000 and a 1930 DuPont town car for $500. It has become a mecca for car enthusiasts and collectors since it opened in the 1970s. The facility also houses a 15,000 square-foot restoration shop that employs 24 experts on automobile engines, woodwork, metal work, upholstery and leather. To date, millions of people have visited the museum and it’s nationally known automobile library. On May 10, 2001, he was named Popular Mechanics Magazine’s man of the year with the Meguiar’s Award. The award honors individuals whose actions have had significant impact on the collector car hobby. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Spouse:  Dorothy Sykes Nethercutt (1914 – 2004)* *Calculated relationship

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