The Elegance at HersheyJune 2017 The Elegance at Hershey is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. The show focuses on elegance, and the well-curated garden party attracts some of the finest creations that ever put rubber to the road. Since there are no featured marques, categories, themes, or celebrated anniversaries, it's always a mystery as to what vehicles or types of vehicles will be on display.

The event is held at the Hotel Hershey in the classically manicured gardens situated high atop the town of Hershey, PA. It features a breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs, and a stately collection of rare, signature trees. The location offered ample space for the gala themed night time party, kick-off cocktail party, an Afterglow party, and the Cannonball Run Seminar.

The festivities commenced with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers piloted some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road to The Hotel Hershey.

Following the Grand Ascent on Saturday, The event reached a crescendo with the highlight of the weekend, The Elegance. Roughly 75 hand-selected vehicles, many of which were driven up the steep hill to the Hotel Hershey, rested amongst the botanical beauty providing visitors with unique experiences and enriching opportunities.

There was little deviation from the 'elegance' theme. The VerValen Special and the Porsche 906 on display were purpose built race cars, but undeniably elegant. Post-War Sports/Racers in attendance included the Ferrari 212 Export, Ferrari 166 Inter, Siata 300BC, Allard J2X, Kurtis 500SX, Shelby Cobra, and AC Bristol. Although their impressive engines shoe-horned into the compact engine bays are often topics of discussion, it was their classic lines and gentle sloping curves that awarded them an invitation to The Elegance.

It is always a pleasure to see concept cars in attendance at these type of affairs. The red Plymouth XNR Concept, designed by Virgil M. Exner, was presented in 1960 as Mr. Exner's dream for a sports roadster. Unlike most concept cars of the era, this one was meant to be driven. Barely 43-inches high, the car was ultimately clocked at Chrysler's high-speed proving grounds in Michigan at 152 mph. Ultimately, Chrysler decided there was just no market; even if there had been, the styling would likely have seemed just too far out to sell well. Exner's abrupt firing in 1962 killed any chance the design might have had for being refined into something more practical for production.

Perhaps the most flamboyant car in attendance, the Talbot-Lago T150C, was also one of the most elegant. It has coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi and is similar in style of the 1936 Paris Auto Salon Delahaye. It is one of the most striking designs of the coachbuilding era. Its signature features include the sweeping pontoon fenders, low windscreen and intimate seating for two. The car appears in motion while standing still. At the end of the day, it was awarded with The Hotel Hershey Award.

The Three P's of Automotive Luxury were well represented at this year's event. At least 11 Packards, 2 Pierce-Arrows, and one Peerless showcased why they were among the most coveted cars of their era.

In recent years, Preservation has become a popular topic in the collector car community. The Elegance highlighted the importance of preservation by displaying a 1924 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8, an Shelby Cobra, AC Bristol, and a Bugatti Type 57. The Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A took home the well-deserved FIVA Presentation award. It is the earliest known Tipo 8 Series extant and may likely be the first of that series produced. It remains, incredibly, in unrestored, original condition. It was first bodied by Cesare Sala of Milan. In 1926, it received solid side-mount covers and special interior fitments by Carrozzeria Riva.

The People's Choice was awarded to the 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet. It was one of two Cord L-29 models in attendance. It was a styling sensation with its low, sweeping lines on the low-slung chassis made possible by its innovative front-wheel drive. From 1929 to 1931, Cord produced a total of 5,014 L-29 models, the first mass produced front-wheel drive American automobile. The economic depression effectively killed the Cord's chance of success as a product slotted between the popularly priced Auburn, and the high-end Duesenberg.

The Governor's Cup (aka Best of Show) was bestowed upon the 1934 Packard 1106 (Twelve) Runabout Speedster by Lebaron, owned by Bob, Sandy & Gary Bahre. The Lebaron-bodied Packard Speedster is arguably one of the most spectacular Packards of all-time. Just four were known to have been produced when new and all four remain extant today. The Speedster combined Packard's shortest wheelbase with its 160 horsepower V-12 engine, and stunning coachwork from LeBaron of Detroit. Included was a raked vee-windshield, long hood, boattail rear end, and pontoon fenders with skirts on the rear fenders and wheel covers over the wire wheels - all of which added up to one modern and sleek automobile.

The Bahre's Packard was originally owned by actor Clark Gable. Upon his purchase, Gable sent the car to Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, who further modified the car with stylish teardrop step plates in lieu of running boards and a further reduction of the windshield height, thus lowering the profile of the car. The Bahre's have owned the car since the late 1970s.

Established in 2010, The Elegance at Hershey once again brought together some of the world's finest collector cars to 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.'
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V  [Profile]  
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
1904 Pope-Toledo Type V
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1906 National Model E  [1744 Profile]  
1906 National Model E
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1908 Pullman Model H  [902 Profile]  
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1908 Studebaker Electric  [1410 Profile]  
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1911 Packard Model 30  [Profile]  
1911 Packard Model 30
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1913 Simplex Model 50  [Profile]  
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1913 Simplex Model 50
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C  [Profile]  
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1914 Pierce Arrow Model 38-C
1923 Packard Single Six  [Profile]  
1923 Packard Single Six
1923 Packard Single Six
1923 Packard Single Six
1923 Packard Single Six
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8  [655 Profile]  
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1925 Ford Eliminator Special  [Profile]  
1925 Ford Eliminator Special
1925 Locomobile Model 48  [Profile]  
1925 Locomobile Model 48
1925 Locomobile Model 48
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1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  [S135MK Profile]  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1928 Auburn Model 115  [Profile]  
1928 Auburn Model 115
1928 Auburn Model 115
1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre  [DS3568 Profile]  
1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre
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1929 Cord L-29  [Profile]  
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1929 Duesenberg Model J  [2157 Profile]  
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1929 Duesenberg Model SJ  [2268 Profile]  
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1929 Duesenberg Model SJ
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1929 Duesenberg Model SJ
1929 Peerless 8-125  [Profile]  
1929 Peerless 8-125
1929 Peerless 8-125
1929 Peerless 8-125
1929 Peerless 8-125
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1929 Peerless 8-125
1930 Packard 734  [Profile]  
1930 Packard 734
1930 Packard 734
1930 Packard 734
1930 Packard 734
1930 Packard 734
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1930 Packard 734
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1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight  [Profile]  
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
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1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  [S317KP Profile]  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1930 Willys Knight Model 66B  [66B46319 Profile]  
1930 Willys Knight Model 66B
1930 Willys Knight Model 66B
1930 Willys Knight Model 66B
1931 Cadillac 355 Eight  [Profile]  
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1931 Cadillac 355 Eight
1931 Cadillac 355 Eight
1931 Cadillac 355 Eight
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1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  [Profile]  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
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1931 Cord L-29  [Profile]  
1931 Cord L-29
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1931 Duesenberg Model J  [2454 Profile]  
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1931 Marmon Model 16  [Profile]  
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1931 Ruxton Model C  [10C112 Profile]  
1931 Ruxton Model C
1931 Ruxton Model C
1931 Ruxton Model C
1931 Ruxton Model C
1931 Ruxton Model C
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  [2211071 Profile]  
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1932 MG F-Type Magna  [Profile]  
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 MG F-Type Magna
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight  [Profile]  
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight
1932 Studebaker President  [Profile]  
1932 Studebaker President
1932 Studebaker President
1932 Studebaker President
1932 Studebaker President
1932 Studebaker President
1932 Studebaker President
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836  [Profile]  
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB  [11337 Profile]  
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB
1934 Bugatti Type 57  [Profile]  
1934 Bugatti Type 57
1934 Bugatti Type 57
1934 Bugatti Type 57
1934 Bugatti Type 57
1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV  [Profile]  
1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV
1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV
1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse  [Profile]  
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve  [Profile]  
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
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1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve
1935 Jaguar SS1  [Profile]  
1935 Jaguar SS1
1935 Jaguar SS1
1935 Jaguar SS1
1935 Jaguar SS1
1936 Brough Superior  [Profile]  
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Brough Superior
1936 Jaguar SS 100  [Profile]  
1936 Jaguar SS 100
1936 Jaguar SS 100
1936 Jaguar SS 100
1936 Lancia Astura  [33-5313 Profile]  
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
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1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Lancia Astura
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve  [939-201 Profile]  
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30  [GMX 54 Profile]  
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30
1937 Packard 120  [Profile]  
1937 Packard 120
1937 Packard 120
1937 Packard 120
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  [1073239 Profile]  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve
1938 Jaguar SS 100  [39010 Profile]  
1938 Jaguar SS 100
1938 Jaguar SS 100
1938 Lincoln Model K  [Profile]  
1938 Lincoln Model K
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C  [90019 T1500 Profile]  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
1940 Buick Series 50  [Profile]  
1940 Buick Series 50
1940 Buick Series 50
1940 Buick Series 50
1940 Buick Series 50
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  [Profile]  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180
1940 Packard Super 8 160  [Profile]  
1940 Packard Super 8 160
1940 Packard Super 8 160
1940 Packard Super 8 160

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