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|For the first time in 64 years the first Cadillac to wear the name 'Coupe de Ville' will make a public appearance. The site for this historic re-debut is the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 10, 2013. Charlie Wilson was the CEO of General Motors from 1946 through 1953 and President Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense from 1953 through 1957. When Wilson left GM in 1953, the corporation gave him an extraordinary gift honoring his long service. What he got was the original Cadillac prototype Coupe De Ville by Fleetwood, the rarest of General Motors Transportation Unlimited Exhibition show cars. Just four different prototypes were built. Only one survives: 'Engine Charlie's' Coupe de Ville. Wilson drove it during his tenure as Secretary of Defense. This first Coupe de Ville was a radical departure from Cadillac's showroom offerings of the Forties. Powered by a new 331 cubic inch engine -- GM's first overhead valve V-8 -- and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, the prototype Coupe de Ville took two months and $30,000 (1949-dollars) to build. The de Ville featured GM's first one piece curved windshield, and rode on a 133 inch wheelbase, seven inches longer than Cadillac's production coupes. Inside was a two-way radio/telephone, power windows (even the vent windows were powered), power seats, chrome wheel arches, a three-piece rear window, lipstick holder, perfume atomizer, a back seat secretarial kit and leather seats and trim, The de Ville was the star of GM's 1949 Waldorf Astoria Transportation Unlimited show. 'I have many cars but the Coupe de Ville restoration has been the most exciting. This will be the first time in 64 years the oldest surviving Motorama Dream Car will be displayed publically,' said Steve Plunkett. 'What's interesting is Eagle Ottawa has been a supplier of leather to the Big Three for generations and 64 years later they're supplying the project again.' About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'The Amelia' draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida's First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.|
| 10th Annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance Announces 50 Years of Mustangs Will be on Display• Classic cars, muscle cars, vintage motorcycles and helicopters are among the featured exhibits|
LEXINGTON, KY – In celebrating its 10th year, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will honor one of America's most popular cars, the Ford Mustang, on Saturday, July 20.
This year more than 130 collector cars and motorcycles will be on display, competing for honors in 19 judged classes. Working in conjunction with the Bluegrass Mustang Club, the Concours' organizers are expecting 1,000....
| Italian Sports And Racing Exotics Head To RM's Eagerly Anticipated Monterey Sale• RM Auctions announces stunning early roster of blue-chip Italian exotics for its flagship Monterey sale, August 16–17 in California |
• No less than 21 Ferraris already consigned alongside two spectacular Maseratis
• Eight Ferraris offered without reserve from the Estate of William H. Tilley
• Additional early highlights include a fabulous 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe and a 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Brandone Cabriolet
• Frequently updated list of entries available online a....
| STARS, STRIPES AND VICTORY FOR 'THE AMELIA'S' AUSTIN KIMBERLY IN BRITISH ROAD RACING CHAMPIOSNHIPAmerican teenager Austin Kimberly scored his first victory in the 2013 Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship season at the 2.1 mile Anglesey road racing circuit in Wales (UK) last weekend (May 12). After qualifying third, the young American racer led every lap of the 25.1 mile championship race for 1600cc Formula Ford racers. |
A go-kart racer since the age of nine, Austin opened the British Racing Sports Car Club's 2013 national Formula Ford Championship season with two podium appearances....
|Spectacular 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Coupe and 1969 Ford GT40 MKI take Best in Show at the Concours d'Elegance of TexasHouston, Texas. May 17, 2013. Last weekend, the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas, played host to the biggest celebration of vintage motoring in Texas, welcoming thousands of visitors through its doors for The Houston Classic Weekend and 2nd annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas. The weekend got off to a high-octane start when Concours participants took to the open road on the Texas Tour d'Elegance, led by Richard Rawlings of Fast N' Loud fame, in a newly re-s....|
| Pinehurst Concours Economic Impact Approaches $2 MillionVILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 13, 2013) – The inaugural Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance and the events surrounding the vintage auto showcase attracted more than 5,000 fans, and its economic impact approached $2 million despite unseasonably cool temperatures the first weekend of May, officials said.|
'Having an event the caliber of a Concours in Moore County is significant, especially as it grows in recognition and importance in the Southeast,' said Caleb Miles, president and CEO of the Pinehur....
| American Classics from the Richard and Linda Kughn Collection Featured at RM's Annual Michigan Sale• RM Auctions returns to Plymouth, Michigan, July 27, for its well-established St. John's sale|
• Single-day auction in automotive heartland features more than 80 historic collector cars
• Sale headlined by a wonderful selection of automobiles from the distinguished collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
• Auction acts as prelude to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's on Sunday, July 28
BLENHEIM, Ontario (May 7, 2013) – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Conc....
|Legendary Car Designer Peter Brock Named Grand Marshal Of The 2013 Palos Verdes Concours D'EleganceRANCHO PALOS VERDES,CA -- Peter Brock, the legendary designer of the Corvette Stingray, the Cobra Daytona Coupe and other iconic high-performance automobiles, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on Sunday, September 15. |
Brock will drive his Superformance Coupe, a modern version of the famed Daytona Cobra Coupe, in the Concours' Pleasure Road Rallye on September 14, and the car ....