Concours d'Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John's

Concours d^Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John^s July 2018
The 40th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America displayed over 300 of the world's most spectacular contributions to automotive history. This year's show featured an assortment of Best in Show cars from Collectors of the Year, Sam and Emily Mann. Enthusiast of the Year Mark Reuss displayed several significant cars from his personal collection and the GM Heritage Collection. Additional classes included Bugatti, Rollston Bodied Cars, Porsche Race Cars, Flip Top Funny Cars, Jet Age Fabulous 1958's, Steam Powered cars, Sports Cars, Cars of the Founding Father, and Muscle Cars.

Sam and Emily Mann displayed five cars from their collection including the Delage D8 120 Aero Coupe. It was designed by Georges Paulin and built by the coach-builder Pourtout for Louis Delage's personal use, and very much to his careful design specifications. It is an experimental chassis, very low, ('surbaisse' in French) and features a 4.7-liter engine, the only car the company ever built to that specification.

Mark Reuss, the Enthusiast of the Year, currently leads the design, engineering, safety, quality, research and development of GM vehicles around the world. He is the EVP of Global Product Development of General Motors and has been a long-time judge and supporter of the Concours d'Elegance of America. Mark displayed seven vehicles from his collection which were positioned alongside several significant prototype cars from the GM Heritage center.

The Featured Coachbuilder was Rollston Coachwork, a company that dates back to the early 1920s when it was founded by Harry Lonschein, Julius Veghso and Sam Blotkin. They produced some of the finest strongest and over-engineered bodies of the Classic era. Their work attracted the attention of Grover C. Parvis, the Custom Body Manager for the New York City Packard dealership. Packard would later become Rollston's best customer. Until the company closed in 1938 the majority of the 700 bodies built were for Packard.

From July of 1927 to April of 1931, the firm produced a total of 218 bodies. The bodies they built clothed Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Cord, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow and many others. They built 57 bodies for the Duesenberg Model J and JN chassis.
The company entered receivership in 1938, having lasting longer than most of the Custom Body Builders of the era. They reformed and continued under the new name Rollson.

The Rollston Coachwork class at the Concours housed nine examples, comprised of three Duesenbergs and six Packards. The Duesenberg owned by Bill and Barbara Parfet won Best in Class honors. It later received the coveted Best of Show award. It is one of four JN Convertible Coupes built by Rollston and is the only factory supercharged JN.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Porsche. In celebration, the concours assembled a spectacular array of Porsche production and racing, including many factory 'werks' racing cars. Additionally, three Porsche legends, drivers Vic Elford, Hurley Haywood and Brian Redman were in attendance. Between them they have driven many of Porsche's most legendary cars and several of the marque's most celebrated victories, at Sebring, Daytona, LeMans, and others. The 1971 Porsche 908/3 owned by the Miles Collier Collection won Best in Class for the Werks Race Car category. It raced at the 1971 Nurburgring by Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver joined in the three-car Porsche sweep. It crossed the line in second place despite a broken chassis. The 908/3's win rate was an astounding 75%. Even more astounding is the car's basic design was so brillaint that it remained competitive for more than a decade.

Also in the Porsche Werks class was a 917K short-tail that won the LeMans 24-Hour race in 1971. In true Porsche style, it won the 'Index of Performance', an award for the most economical ratio of fuel consumption to displacement. The car's race career was brief and meteoric. Completed on June 5, it ran 552 practice kilometers at Le Mans. Victory marked the end of its race life.

The Concours awards two Best in Show awards, one for an American car and the other for a Foreign car. This year's Foreign car Best in Show went to the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S owned by the Rare Wheels Collection. Its Atalante coachwork was done by Gangloff. In the 1930's Bugatti manufactured high end cars and the 57S was the top of their line. They believed in transferring racing technologies to street cars to be enjoyed by their elite customers. The 57S sported a lowered center of gravity using dry sump lubrication. The 3.3 liter straight eight cylinder engine is supercharged and produces over 200 horsepower. The Type 57 represents the best of French pre-war automotive design in performance, styling and leading edge engineering. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful designs of all time.

1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1932 Chrysler Series CH  
1937 Delage D8 120  
1937 Delahaye Type 145  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer  
1960 Chevrolet CERV I  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1964 Chevrolet CERV II  
1968 Chevrolet Astro II  
1987 Buick Regal  
1990 Chevrolet Corvette CERV III Experimental  
1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster  
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1959 Porsche 718 RSK  
1963 Porsche 2000GS GT  
1964 Porsche 904  
1967 Porsche 910  
1967 Porsche 911  
1969 Porsche 917 K  
1971 Porsche 908/3  
1971 Porsche 917K  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1974 Porsche Carrera IROC RSR  
1977 Porsche 934.5  
1979 Porsche 924  
1989 March 89P Porsche  
1963 Porsche 901  
1964 Porsche 356  
1969 Porsche 911  
1974 Porsche 914  
1987 Porsche 944  
1988 Porsche 928  
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S  
2016 Porsche Boxster  
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman  
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS  
1928 Packard 443 Eight  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1931 Packard Model 845  
1932 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJN  
1935 Packard Twelve  
1936 Packard Model 1405 Super Eight  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1954 GMC XP-21 Firebird I  
1956 GMC Firebird II Concept  
1959 GMC Firebird III  
1967 Buick Gran Sport Funny Car  
1967 Chevrolet Corvair Flip Top Funny Car  
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Flip Top Funny Car  
1968 Ford Torino Flip Top Funny Car  
1968 Mercury Cougar Flip Top Funny Car  
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Flip Top Funny Car  
1973 Dodge Demon Flip Top Funny Car  
1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1940 Packard Super 8 160  
1976 Cadillac Eldorado  
1928 Plymouth Model Q  
1931 Plymouth Model PA  
1932 Plymouth Series PB  
1935 Plymouth Model PJ  
1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Line  
1952 Plymouth Concord  
1956 Plymouth Belvedere  
1960 Plymouth Fury  
1963 Plymouth Sport Fury  
1966 Plymouth Valiant Barracuda  
1970 Plymouth Barracuda  
1970 Plymouth Fury  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1975 Plymouth Valiant  
1903 Stanley Model BX  
1908 White Model L  
1910 Stanley Model 60  
1912 Stanley Model 63  
1915 Stanley Model 820  
1919 Stanley Model 735A  
1923 Stanley Series 740  
1925 Bugatti Type 35A  
1929 Bugatti Type 35B  
1931 Bugatti Type 41  
1934 Bugatti Type 57  
1936 Bugatti Type 57  
1937 Bugatti Type 57S  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1929 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Duesenberg Model J  
1936 Auburn 852  
1929 Packard 626  
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight  
1936 Packard Model 1401 Eight  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1938 Packard 1601 Eight  
1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  
1936 Cord 810  
1903 Packard Model F  
1907 Dolson Model F  
1909 Sears Model H  
1910 Ford Model T  
1910 Maxwell Model AA  
1911 Oldsmobile Limited  
1911 Pope-Hartford Model W  
1912 Havers Six-44  
1913 Cole Fifty  
1914 Packard Series 4-48  
1917 Pilot Model 6-45  
1918 Pierce Arrow Model 48  
1918 Pierce Arrow Model 66 A-4  
1919 Franklin Series 9  
1919 Stearns SKL-4  
1925 Marmon Model D-74  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1931 Studebaker President Series 80  
1938 Cadillac Series 60  
1928 Cunningham Series V-6  
1929 Stearns Model H8-90  
1931 Buick Series 90  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1932 Chrysler Series CH  
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial  
1932 Nash Special Eight  
1935 Cadillac Model 355  
1935 Lincoln Model K  
1936 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster  
1938 Packard 1607 Twelve  
1930 Bentley Speed Six  
1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25  
1937 Delage D8 120  
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320  
1938 MG SA  
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith  
1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1928 Hudson Model S  
1932 DeVaux 6-75  
1934 Buick Series 60  
1934 Hupmobile Series 427-T  
1938 Buick Series 60 Century  
1947 Delahaye 135 M  
1950 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record  
1957 Facel Vega FVS  
1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia  
1958 Bentley Continental S1  
1960 Facel Vega Excellence  
1963 Facel Vega Facel II  
1967 Bristol 409  
1974 NSU RO80  
1975 Jaguar XJ6  
1958 AMC Rambler Ambassador  
1958 Buick Series 700 Limited  
1958 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood  
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Series  
1958 Chrysler 300D  
1958 DeSoto Firesweep  
1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner  
1958 Ford Thunderbird  
1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III  
1958 Mercury Montclair  
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88  
1958 Plymouth Fury  
1958 Pontiac Parisienne  
1958 Studebaker President  
1953 Kaiser Manhattan  
1956 Chrysler New Yorker  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1956 Ford Thunderbird  
1956 Lincoln Premiere  
1959 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1960 Buick Electra  
1964 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood  
1965 AMC Ambassador  
1950 Aston Martin DB2  
1954 Kurtis Kraft 500S  
1955 Ferrari 375 Plus  
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2  
1957 Lancia Aurelia  
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica  
1962 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans  
1963 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate  
1968 Ford GT40  
1969 DeTomaso Mangusta  
1970 Moretti 850 Sportiva S2  
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1963 Studebaker Avanti  
1964 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1964 Studebaker Daytona  
1966 Dodge Coronet  
1967 Buick Skylark  
1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme  
1969 Oldsmobile 442  
1970 Buick Gran Sport  
1970 Chrysler 300  
1971 AMC Hornet  
1971 Ford Torino  
1971 Plymouth Fury  
1973 Buick Century  
1973 Pontiac Firebird  
1975 Ferrari 308 GT4  
1985 Audi Quattro  
1985 DeTomaso Pantera GT5  
1988 Jaguar XJ6  
1989 BMW Z1  
1990 Vector W8  
1993 Nissan 300 ZX  
1994 Toyota Supra  
1997 Lotus Esprite V8  
2000 Qvale Mangusta  
2005 Ford GT  
2013 Jaguar F-Type  
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG  
2017 Alfa Romeo 4C  
2017 Dodge Viper  
2017 Ford GT  
2018 Audi R8  
2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso  
2018 Ford GT  
2018 Lotus Evora 400  
1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR2  
1966 Chevrolet Biscayne Series  
1966 Pontiac Monkeemobile  
1967 Gyro X  
2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept  
2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept  
1989 Chevrolet Corvette C4  
1993 Chevrolet Corvette C4  
2013 Chevrolet Corvette  

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