Concours d'Elegance of America At St. Johns

Concours d^Elegance of America At St. Johns July 2013
For its first 32 years, the Concours d'Elegance of America was held at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall. Beginning in 2011 this world-class event moved to a new location - the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan.

The 2013 Concours d'Elegance of America was held on the 28th of July. The Inn at St. John's and its well-manicured lawns played host to the luxury vehicles that were assembled and arranged into 22 groups. Activities preceding the event including Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Celebration, an auction presented by RM Auctions, a Motoring Tour of The Lingenfelter Collection, a VIP Tour of the Adderley Collection, a Concert in the Park at downtown Plymouth, seminars, and a cocktail party.

This year's featured classes included London to Brighton, Auburn/Cord (the one-offs), Detroit Iron, Indianapolis Iron, Can-Am, Vintage NASCAR, Electric Cars (Past, present & future), Mercedes-Benz Pagoda & 600, Porsche 911, the Great race, Jet-Age Convertibles, and the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Corvette. All of these classes, including the traditional classes, feature some of the finest examples in existence.

Owners of 374 cars arranged their cars on the field after rain showers delayed the Saturday set up. While exact numbers are not yet known, the crowd was estimated at over 10,000.

Best of Show
The Concours d'Elegance of America awards two Best of Show honors; one for an American and another for a European car. Best of Show: European was awarded to an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Boattail Speedster owned by Roger Willbanks. The car began life in August of 1934 serving as a factory show car with a Castagna drophead coupe body. After the show season, the car was imported into Britain by London Bentley Dealer Jack Barclay in March of 1935. It was then sold to a gentleman racer Roy Gibson in April 1935. His needs required an alloy sports body for the chassis. The work took eight months of construction and when it was done, it looked like no other Alfa. The car passed through several owners before Angela Cherrett, noted 8C author and expert, purchased the car in 1964. The car remained in her care for the next 45 years.

The Best of Show: American award was bestowed upon Joseph & Margie Cassini, III's Duesenberg Model J Tourster Derham. The Duesenberg is one of the few retaining the original body, chassis, engine and other major components. When new, this was the only Model J equipped with vertical hood louvers. The SC-specification external exhaust pipes provided period flair and performance is enhanced by an exhaust system dump at the flip of a lever on the floor.

RM Auctions
RM Auction's held a single-day sale at the Inn at St. Johns for 77 automobiles, two boats, and one motorcycle, generating more than $7.7 million in sales with a strong 90 percent of all lots sold. The top honors for the sale went to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton, garnering $682,000. A 1932 Packard Individual Custom Eight Convertible Victoria and a 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport Phaeton coming in second and third place, achieving $374,000 and $330,000 respectively.

'We were very happy with the results of this year's sale, a 90 percent sell through rate shows that quality motor cars continue to bring strong prices at auction,' says Gord Duff, car specialist, RM Auctions. 'We've received a tremendous amount of positive feedback about the auction roster and venue and were once again honored to work with such a great team at the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. Together, the two events made for an exceptional weekend for enthusiasts and collectors from five countries and 30 states across the U.S.'.

About The Inn at St. John's
The Inn at St. John's is a facility rich with history and beauty. Its story begins in the late 1940s when St. John's Provincial Seminary opened its doors. In 1955, its remarkable chapel was dedicated. The seminary continued to serve the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit until 1988, when it closed. The property remained dormant until 1994, when Cardinal Adam J. Maida brought to life a vision of reviving the property as a resource for diocesan youth and families. His vision became reality when, in 1996, St. John's Center for Youth & Family opened on the South side of the property.

The rebirth of the historic facility surged again in 1998, when work commenced on an $11 million redevelopment of St. John's main buildings into a comprehensive center for corporate and social conferences, Catholic weddings and celebrations. Upon completion of the careful restoration process, October 2000 marked the Grand Opening of St. John's Golf & Conference Center.

With a new name that encompasses the entire growing property, The Inn at St. John's is pleased to announce another exciting addition as of December 2005 — our Grande Ballroom. The largest ballroom at the conference center, with seating for up to 450, The Grande Ballroom is a spectacular space that features a traditional color palette, signature china and time-honored furnishings.

An even more dramatic piece of St. John's history took place in January 2006; the opening of The Inn at St. John's hotel and restaurant addition. This upscale property features 118 luxury guestrooms and offers every convenience of a large hotel in an intimate setting. As a boutique hotel, we look forward to assuring guests our personal attention, exceptional amenities and service that will exceed their every expectation.

The Concours is proud to contribute a portion of its proceeds to Hospice of Michigan, Leader Dogs for the Blind and College for Creatives Studies.


1901 Packard Model C  
1903 Michigan Model A  
1903 Stanley Model BX  

1906 Ford Model N  
1908 Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works Buggy Runabout  
1909 Peerless Model 25  
1910 Cadillac Model 30  
1910 Oakland Series 40 Model K  
1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat  
1911 Packard Model Thirty  
1913 National Series V  
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1914 Packard Series 4-48  

1919 Locomobile Type 48 Series 5  
1922 Lincoln Model L  
1923 Jordan Motor Model MX  
1923 Kissel Model 55  
1925 Franklin Series 11  
1925 Packard Model 236  
1926 Willys Knight Model 66  
1927 Hudson Model O  
1928 Gardner Model 8-85  

1929 Cord L-29  
1930 Cord L-29  
1931 Cord L-29  
1936 Cord 810  
1937 Cord 812  
1938 Cord 814 Prototype  

1931 Hudson Series T  
1932 American Austin Coupe  
1932 Essex Series E Pacemaker  
1932 Rockne Six  
1934 Dodge Series DR Deluxe  
1936 Ford Model 68  
1936 Plymouth P2  
1937 Studebaker J5 Express  
1938 Oldsmobile Series L  
1939 Graham-Paige Model 96  
1939 Packard One Twenty  

1928 Cunningham Series V-6  
1929 Pierce Arrow Model 126  
1929 Stearns J-8-90  
1929 Willys Knight Model 66B  
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 41  
1934 Pierce Arrow Model 840A  
1938 Buick Series 90 Limited  
1940 Buick Series 80 Limited  
1940 Packard Custom Super-8 One-Eighty  
1942 Lincoln Continental  

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Packard Series 734 Eight  
1931 Cadillac Series 370-A Twelve  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve  
1936 Cadillac Series 90  
1936 Lincoln Model K Series 300  
1937 Lincoln Model K  

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1929 Stutz DV-24  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1930 Stutz Model MB  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1932 Marmon Sixteen  
1932 Stutz Model DV-32  
1934 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ  

1907 Fiat 60 HP  
1916 Packard Twin Six Racer  
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS  
1966 Ferrari 206 S  
1966 Lola T70 MKII  
1966 Porsche 906  
1974 Shadow DN4  

1927 Mercedes-Benz Typ 8/38 PS  
1929 Minerva AK  
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  
1936 Railton F28  
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  

1946 Chevrolet Series DK  
1946 Ford Super Deluxe  
1948 Pontiac Torpedo  
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1955 Chrysler C-300  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1956 Packard Caribbean  
1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood  

1960 Chrysler 300F  
1961 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1962 Chrysler 300H  
1962 Ford Thunderbird  
1962 Pontiac Catalina  
1963 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1963 Studebaker Avanti  
1964 Pontiac Grand Prix  
1966 Cadillac DeVille  
1966 Dodge Charger  
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix  

1967 Chevrolet Camaro  
1968 Chevrolet Camaro  
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500  
1969 AMC Javelin  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Pontiac GTO  
1970 Chevrolet Baldwin-Motion Corvette Maco Shark  
1972 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1973 Chevrolet Camaro  

1951 Muntz Jet  
1952 Bentley Special Roadster  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1953 Lancia Aurelia B52 PF200  
1954 Arnolt Bolide  
1954 Kaiser Darrin  
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III  
1959 Maserati 3500GT  

1960 Devin SS Special  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1964 Maserati 3500 GTi  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS  
1967 Maserati Ghibli  
1971 Lamborghini Espada  
1974 DeTomaso Pantera II  

1947 Tatra T87  
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1948 Fiat 500 Topolino  
1959 Lancia Flaminia GT  
1967 AC 428  
1972 BMW 3.0 CS  
1972 Jaguar XJ6  
1973 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1975 Bitter CD  

1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL  
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL  
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL  
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600  
1972 Mercedes-Benz 600  

1889 Edison Electric  
1907 Columbia Mark XIX  
1911 Baker Electric  
1914 Detroit Electric Model 46  
1916 Detroit Electric Model 60  
1931 Detroit Electric Model 97  
1966 Chevrolet Electrovair II Experimental  
1966 GMC Electrovan Experimental  
1970 GMC Urban Concept  
1992 GMC Impact Concept  
1996 GMC EV-1  
2000 Corbin Motors Sparrow  
2010 Tesla Roadster  
2013 Fiat 500e  
2013 Nissan Leaf  
2013 Tesla Model S  
2014 Cadillac ELR  
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  
2014 Chevrolet Volt  

1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  

1963 Porsche 901  
1964 Porsche 901 Prototype  
1966 Porsche 911  
1970 Porsche 911S  
1972 Porsche 911  
1973 Porsche 911E  
1977 Porsche 934.5  

1979 Porsche 911SC  
1985 Porsche Speedster Design Study  
1986 Porsche 911  
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera  
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera  
1997 Porsche 911  
2008 Porsche 911 Turbo  
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0  
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S  

1956 Chrysler New Yorker  
1957 Cadillac Series 62  
1957 Ford Fairlane  
1958 Edsel Pacer  
1959 Dodge Custom Royal  
1959 Ford Thunderbird  
1960 Buick Electra  
1960 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1960 Imperial Crown  
1961 Chrysler New Yorker  

1914 Ford Model T  
1917 Miller Golden Submarine  
1917 Peerless Model 56  
1931 Auburn Model 8-98  
1931 Buick Series 60  
1934 Ford Indy Bohnalite Special  
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight  
1936 Buick Boat Tail Racer  
1937 Buick Shafer 8  

1923 Kissel Model 55  
1926 Willys Knight Model 66  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 41  
1932 Ford V-8 Model 18  
1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe  
1935 Auburn Model 851  
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight  
1937 Cord 812  
1940 Ford Deluxe  
1940 LaSalle Series 50  
1941 Lincoln Continental  
1947 Cadillac Series 62  
1949 Ford Custom Series  

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