Greenwich Concours - American Cars June 2011
Listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Greenwich is unique, in that it is actually two concours, back-to-back. Saturday's Concours Americana is exclusively for American makes, while Sunday's Concours International is exclusively for imported marques. The theme of the show is 'Mid-Century Hybrids', which was a special two-day display. Unlike the hybrids of today, these classics were called hybrids because they combined American running gear and V-8 engines with hand-crafted bodies by Italian, French, and British coach makers. We have an amazing assemblage of hybrids including a Facel Vega, Cunningham, Dual Ghia, Iso Grifo, Cobra, Hudson Italia, Fitch Phoenix, and Pantera.
This year featured a three-day regatta of classic former America's Cup 12-Meter yachts. Held in association with the 12-M Yacht Development Foundation, these magnificent craft competed for the Greenwich Concours Cup.Best of Show
This years Best of Show honors went to the most deserving vehicle on the field, a 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly Sedan with coachwork by Murphy. Seen by many as the most beautiful closed Duesenberg design, the Beverly sedan by the Walter M. Murphy Co. of Pasadena is truly an elegant blend of closed coachwork with the massive Duesenberg chassis Armchair seating, rear seat instrumentation, and unique art deco window designs are just a few of the features that grace this car. Just over 400 Duesenberg Model Js and SJs were built between 1928 and 1937.
This 1933 Duesenberg (SJ-512) is one of only 45 Duesenbergs produced with a factory-installed supercharger. This rare model SJ was first ordered by Powell Crosley, who resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, and made his fortune in radio and electronics during the 1920s. He took delivery July 1, 1933. Of the 45 Model SJs produced, only five of these were sold with enclosed bodies. This model sports a unique, highly placed and radically embossed belt line which drops down after the windshield. It is further highlighted by a small but dramatic triangular window that is located between the windshield and A-pillar. Unlike some, the model SJ-512 has always retained its original engine and its body has not been replaced or altered.