Mich. -- The
Concours d'Elegance of America was held at the Inn at St. John's
on Sunday, July 28, 2013. The show featured "invitation
only" world class vehicles showcased on the grounds of
this magnificent facility.
year's event included a tribute for London to Brighton, Auburn/Cords,
electric cars: past, present and future, Jet Age vehicles, 50th
Anniversary of the 1963 split-window Corvette, 50th Anniversary
of the Porsche 911, Vintage NASCAR stock cars, Detroit Iron:
including early Lincolns, Cadillacs, Chrysler and Packards and
Indianapolis Iron including Duesenbergs, Stutz and Marmon cars.
there are the traditional classics such as the gas light, Jazz
age, American popular and classic, European and American pre-war
and post-war, sports cars, muscle cars and super cars. There
are so many classes that i liked but if I had to choose a favorite
class, it would be the Jet Age, because i like the cars with
the familiar fins. I also liked the Lamborghini and Maserati
in the European sports class.
my favorite cars were the 1939 Bugatti, the 1931 maroon/beige
Cord and the yellow 1931 Duesenberg Model J.
in Show American Car went to the 1933 Chrysler Imperial Dual
the Concours d'Elegance paid tribute to the cars that were in
the movie "The Great Race." In the film, the race
began at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. and drove
all the way to their final destination, Indianapolis. Back in
the day, these pre-war cars were not built to travel our modern
interstates, so they planned scenic routes instead. The motion
picture starred Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood and
was directed by Blake Edwards. It is a classic slapstick comedy
if there ever was one. The Hannibal 8 and the 1964 Leslie Special
were on display today.
to the cars were Giclee photographs, which are reproductions
made from original art and an invitational art exhibit tent.
A 1929 Duesenberg
Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton sold for $682,000 and was the top-selling
vehicle the RM Auction on Saturday. Other top sellers include
a 1932 Packard Individual Custom Eight Convertible Victoria
for $374,000, a 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport Phaeton for $330,000
and a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Five-Passenger Sedan for $330,000.
Rounding out the top five, a 1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible
Sedan went for $275,000. The RM Auction was also held at The
Inn at St. John's in conjunction with the Concours d'Elegance
the show of prestigious collector cars and look forward to going
again next year.
For more information
about the Concours d'Elegance of America, call 248-643-8645
or visit www.concoursusa.org.