Mich. -- Once again, the Concours d'Elegance of America
was held at the Inn at St. John on Sunday, July 27, 2014. This
year, the weather was hot and steamy unlike last year when it
was chilly. I remember I had to go back home to get my jacket
value of $25,000,000 worth of cars were showcased on these magnificent
grounds. If I had to choose, my favorite car is the 1936 Cord
810 Phaeton. This car was intended to be the "baby Duesenberg"
with the coffin-nose hood. I like it because it is truly sleek,
stylish and unique.
enjoyed the 1935 Hoffman X-8 prototype. It is a one-of-a-kind
automobile designed and built by Detroit-based engineer, Roscoe
Hoffman. Jay Leno has suggested that the three-speed manual transmission
looks like it may have been adapted from the transmission of the
favorite is the 1931 Franklin Series 153 Deluxe. Franklin Auto
Company of Syracuse, New York is well known for building only
air-cooled cars from 1902 til 1934. Also known for double elliptical
springs which allowed for a better ride than most cars of the
Checker Cab caught my attention. The first checker cab rolled
off of Kalamazoo, Michigan assembly line in June 13, 1923. It
sold for $2,340 ($32,229 in 2014 dollars).
gaslight category, I enjoyed the 1910 Maytag Runabout. Maytag
manufactured automobiles from 1910 to 1915. Although, Frederick
Louis Maytag I, may be better known for Maytag washing machines.
Actually, I didn't know Maytag made cars.
definitely determined to find the 1931 Ford Model A, Good Humor
Ice Cream truck. The bells announced the arrival of the truck
into the neighborhood. A Good Humor truck is displayed in the
Smithsonian Museum, but this example predates the Smithsonian
truck by seven years.
the 1952 Muntz Jet car was interesting to me. This automobile
began in Glendale, California and was founded by Earl "Madman"
Muntz who also created the Muntz stereo four-track tape player.
He made his fortune, however, by selling low cost televisions.
In 1948 he marketed his first sports car.
year the Concours d'Elegance always continues to amaze me. This
unique celebration of the automobile with their sleek styling,
designs and innovations that influenced the world is truly a sight
to see. If you like exotic cars, I would recommend the trip to
the Inn at St. John's Concours d'Elegance.
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