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Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 9:24 AM

$25 million worth of cars displayed at 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America

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This 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton is my favorite car from the 2014 Concours d'Elegance in Plymouth, Mich.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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PLYMOUTH, 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 that year.

A total 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.

I also 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 Cord L-29.

Another 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 day.

The 1923 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).

In the 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.

I was 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.

Lastly, 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.

Every 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.

For more information about the Concours d'Elegance of America, visit www.concoursusa.org.

Related Stories: Concours d'Elegance of America returns to The Inn at St. John's on July 27; Concours d'Elegance draws thousands of car enthusiasts to Plymouth, Mich.; AUTOPALOOZA: Concours d'Elegance returns to Plymouth this weekend; PHOTOS: 2012 Concours D'Elegance: RM Vintage Motor Car Auction at The Inn at St. John's

 

 

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Thousands showed up to enjoy the Concours d'Elegance

 

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Gold 1965 Dodge Deora Concept pickup

 

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A look at the rear

 

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The antique car show was held at The Inn at St. John's

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

"High-Style Haulers: Pickups of the Jet-Age"

 

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