Concours d'Elegance of America at St. Johns

Concours d^Elegance of America at St. Johns July 2016
With over 300 vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles from 31 states and countries, the Concours d'Elegance of America reaffirms its position as one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world. This year's event paid tribute to may special features, including Ford GT-40s, Body by Dietrich, Rally Cars, Pierce Arrow, 110 years of Lancia, Jet-Age Travel Trucks, and a superb assortment of Classics and early Brass cars.

Among the well-curated classes were the Pierce Arrow and the Body by Dietrich. Having the vehicles arranged side-by-side, the history and evolution was apparent and easy to appreciate.

The Pierce-Arrow group consisted of ten cars from 1911 to 1933. The first Pierce car was built in 1901 and in 1903, Pierce introduced a bigger car called the Arrow. This led to then Great Arrow with cast aluminum body panels on a 93 inch wheelbase and helped build Pierce's great reputation by winning the first five prestigious Glidden Tours. Beginning in 1909, Pierce-Arrow became known as the car of Presidents when President Taft used one for official occasions. This practice continued until the last Pierces were ordered in 1935. In 1914, Pierce-Arrow introduced integral fender headlamps as an option which became the most recognized design cue for Pierce-Arrows for the rest of the company's history.

The Body by Dietrich class consisted of Lincolns, Duesenbergs, and Packards that all wore coachwork by the legendary coachbuilder, Dietrich. The company was founded in 1925 by Raymond Dietrich, co-founder of LeBaron Incorporated in New York. Dietrich, Inc. did styling work for standard bodies for Packard, Franklin, and Erskine. Dietrich, Inc. also built custom bodies to single orders, and proposed semi-customs for Lincoln, which was then headed by Edsel Ford. By September 1930, Dietrich was out of his company and Dietrich, Inc. was closed in 1936. In 1932, Raymond Dietrich became the first head of design of Chrysler.

The judges found their Best of Show (American) within the Body by Dietrich class, selecting the 1934 Packard 1108 owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini, III. The car was given a restoration that took more than 10,000 hours and was completed in 2013. It was brought to the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours where it rolled away with their top honors. It is a beautiful vehicle with two Best of Show honors, a testament to the craftsmanship of Dietrich.

After beating Ferrari and winning the Le Mans in 1966, Ford returned with an entirely new car, the Mark IV. Built entirely in the United States, the Mark IV and drivers Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt dominated the 1967, 24 hour Le Mans. With an eight cylinder engine and record breaking average speed of 135 mph, the all-American team and car took the victory for a second year in a row. The Concours of America celebrated this accomplishment with two special classes, both called Racing Through the Ages, one for the Ford GT40 and the other for the modern version, the Ford GT.

The annual event honored Barry Meguiar as the 2016 Concours d'Elegance of America 'Enthusiast of the Year.' Meguiar, best known as host of the Velocity series 'Car Crazy,' has spent many decades in the classic car community. 'I'm excited to be recognized by the Concours d'Elegance of America board and I look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones in the car capital of the world,' Meguiar said in a release.

The Collectors of the Year was the Patterson Collection, who brought six stunning examples from their collection. They have taken major awards around the globe and have some of the finest and most elegant vehicles ever created. Among their list of accomplishments are the 2010 and 2015 'Best of Show' winners at the Pebble Beach Concours, along with winning Best of Show at the 2014 and 2015 Concours of America. The cars that were brought to the show included a 1933 Delage, 1936 Delahaye, 1937 Talbot Lago, 1924 Isotta Fraschini, 1939 Bugatti and the 1937 Bugatti Atalante.

The Concours of America awards two Best of Show winners, one for an American car and the other to a European car. As mentioned above, Mr. Cassini's Packard won the America award. The European car chosen as the Best of Show was the Talbot-Lago T150CSS owned by J.W. Marriott, Jr. It is the only known aluminum body and fender car built. The car spent its early life in France and Switzerland. It was also the first 'New York-style' Teardrop coupe built. Produced in France, the ultra-rare Talbot-Lagos are among the most sought after collector cars ever built. Featuring exceptionally streamlined styling and certainly light enough to be raced competitively, they were called Goutte d'Eau (drop of water), and they became known as Teardrop Talbots. Famed Parisian coachbuilders Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi would actually patent the car's distinctive flowing shape.

The 38th Concours d'Elegance of America brought a great selection of vehicles, from the Brass Era to Modern Collectibles, from sports cars to super cars, and from Jet-Ag Travel Trucks to Drag Cars.

Galleries
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8  
1933 Delage D8S  
1936 Delahaye Type 135  
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante  
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1932 Lincoln Model KB  
1932 Packard Model 904 DeLuxe Eight  
1932 Packard Model 906 Twin Six  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve  
1911 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1911 Pierce Arrow Model 48  
1917 Pierce Arrow Model 48  
1925 Pierce Arrow Model 80  
1930 Pierce Arrow Model A  
1930 Pierce Arrow Model B  
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 42  
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 43  
1932 Pierce Arrow Model 54  
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 1242 Twelve  
1955 Willys Jeep  
1956 Powell Sport Wagon  
1957 Chevrolet Series 3100  
1959 GMC Series 100  
1960 Volkswagen Transporter  
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside  
1964 Chevrolet Greenbrier  
1967 International Harvester Travelall  
1967 Volkswagen Transporter  
1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse  
1958 Lancia Aurelia  
1959 Lancia Appia  
1972 Lancia Stratos HF  
1981 Lancia Beta  
1990 Lancia Delta Integale  
1934 Cadillac 452D V16  
1936 Cadillac Series 90  
1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Eight  
1949 Buick Series 50 Super  
1960 Aston Martin DB4  
1965 Ford Mustang  
1965 Plymouth Barracuda  
1967 AMC Marlin  
1967 Dodge Charger  
1970 Fiat Dino  
1969 Lancia Fulvia  
1974 Alpine A110  
1975 Lancia Stratos HF  
1979 Fiat Abarth 131  
1983 Lancia 037  
1985 Lancia Delta S4  
1985 MG Metro 6R4 Group B  
2001 Ford Focus  
2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Series  
1970 Chevrolet Pro Stock Camaro  
1970 Dodge Challenger NHRA/AHRA Pro Stock  
1971 Chevrolet Pro Stock Vega  
1971 Dodge Pro Stock Challenger  
1971 Mercury Comet Pro Stock  
1972 AMC Gremlin Pro Stock  
1972 Chevrolet Pro Stock Vega  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Ford GT40  
1969 Ford GT40  
2006 Ford GT  
1919 Auburn Beauty-SIX  
1928 Auburn Model 115  
1931 Cord L-29  
1932 Auburn 8-100A  
1933 Auburn 8-105  
1933 Auburn Model 12-165  
1935 Auburn 851  
1936 Auburn 852  
1936 Cord 810  
1937 Cord 812  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1933 Duesenberg Model J  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1907 Packard Model 30  
1907 Thomas Flyer 4-60  
1910 Stoddard-Dayton Model K  
1911 Marmon Model 32  
1911 Oldsmobile Limited  
1915 Packard Model 1-25  
1916 Locomobile Model 48  
1918 Detroit Electric Model 75  
1919 Franklin Series 9  
1921 Kissel Model 6-45  
1925 Jordan Motor Great Line Eight  
1930 Essex Challenger Six  
1931 American Austin Coupe  
1931 Chrysler Series CD  
1931 Studebaker Commander Series 70  
1932 Plymouth Series PB  
1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU  
1935 Hupmobile 527-T  
1936 Packard Model 120  
1940 Buick Special Series 40  
1942 Mercury Series 29A  
1924 Packard Single Eight  
1925 Franklin Series 11  
1929 Peerless 8-125  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial  
1932 Lincoln Model KA  
1936 Cadillac Series 85  
1927 Stutz Model AA  
1929 Cadillac 341B  
1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight  
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight  
1930 Stutz Model M  
1932 Buick Series 90  
1934 Packard 1101  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1935 LaSalle Model 35 Series 5067  
1935 Packard Twelve  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1941 Packard Super 8 180  
1921 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS  
1935 Bugatti Type 57  
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS  
1938 Horch 853 Phaeton  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23  
1947 Studebaker Champion Woody Wagon Concept  
1949 Cadillac Series 75  
1949 Chrysler Town & Country  
1950 Buick Series 50 Super  
1953 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight  
1956 Buick Series 40 Special  
1956 Continental Mark II Convertible  
1956 Ford Meteor  
1958 Buick Series 700 Limited  
1958 Plymouth Fury  
1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk  
1960 Imperial LeBaron Series  
1961 Chrysler 300G  
1964 Ford Galaxie 500  
1965 Buick Riviera  
1967 Buick Riviera  
1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee  
1969 Ford Mustang  
1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350  
1969 Pontiac GTO  
1970 AMC Javelin  
1970 Buick GSX  
1970 Chevrolet Nova Series  
1970 Mercury Cougar  
1970 Plymouth Barracuda  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1971 Plymouth Barracuda  
1971 Plymouth GTX  
1950 Jaguar XK-120  
1952 Nash Healey LeMans  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1955 Swallow Doretti  
1962 Kellison Special  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Studebaker Avanti  
1963 Turner Mark III  
1967 Ghia 450 SS  
1967 Maserati Ghibli  
1971 Ferrari Dino 246  
1972 DeTomaso Pantera  
1947 Delahaye 135 M  
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1948 Allard M-Type  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300  
1954 Sunbeam Alpine  
1963 Jaguar 3.8 MKII  
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series  
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal  
1985 Rover 2600S  
1978 Datsun 280Z  
1979 Ferrari 308 GT4  
1984 Ferrari 308 GTS  
1984 Lamborghini Countach  
1987 Porsche 911 Turbo  
1988 BMW M3 E30  
1989 Ferrari Testarossa  
1989 Porsche 911  
1991 Ferrari F40  
1992 Ferrari 512 TR  
1993 Jaguar XJ220  
1996 Vector Aeromotive M12  
2005 Ford GT  
2007 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron  
2009 Audi R8  
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C  
2015 Dodge Viper  
2015 Porsche 911 GT3  
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition  
2016 Ferrari 458 Speciale A  
2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R  
2016 Lotus Evora 400  
2016 McLaren 650S  
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4  
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo  
1901 Duryea Motorcar  
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark I  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Shelby Cobra 427  
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