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Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance

Meadow Brook Concours d^Elegance August 2005
'This event inaugurates a three-year series at the Meadow Brook Concours. We begin this year with the Magnificent Brass Era cars, followed next year by the Golden Era Classics of pre-World War II, and in 2007 we will highlight the Power Cars of post-World War II,' said Don Sommer, founder and chairman of Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance.

A return to the very early days of the automotive industry with cars steeped in history and beauty, the Magnificent Brass Era cars were anchored in the 2005 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. But that is only the beginning. There were a stunning array of vintage cars on display, including a 1912 Mercer Raceabout, 1907 Ford Model K, and 1909 Ford Model T. They were all on the entry list of vintage cars at one of the great automobile events in the world. The 27th Meadow Brook Concours d' Elegance filled the picturesque grounds at Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with rare and exotic automobiles from around the world.

A lengthy list of one-of-a-kind and near one-of-a-kind automobiles made up a field of approximately 325 cars on display and in judged competition. Among the vehicles highlighted this year are cars 100 years old or older including a 1898 Nef, a 1899 Locomobile Steamer, a 1903 Marr Car, and a 1903 Michigan. Rare classics such as the 1929 Mercedes Benz SSK Murphy Roadster and 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Coupe Figoni & Falaschi were also shown.

The Magnificent Brass Era display was one of the greatest gatherings of high horsepower, pre-World War I brass vehicles ever shown. The Brass Era automobiles are from manufacturers such as Oakland, Oldsmobile Limited, Pierce 66, Pope Hartford, Stanley Steamer, Simplex, Kissel Kar, and Columbia, and three Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts. There were over 20 different marques with over 40 car.

In addition to the Brass Era automobiles, featured cars of the 27th Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance include: 30 Packards; 20 Cadillacs including 4 with v16 or v12 engines; 4 Duesenbergs; 20 Bentleys and Rolls-Royces; 6 Pierce Arrows, including 2 Pierce 66s; a 1915 Stutz Bearcat; 20 Ford and Lincoln Mercury classics. Also featured were Motorama era cars to celebrate GM's contribution to the 50's, as well as a display of an expected 10 of the 20 existing 1970-71 Plymouth Cuda Challenger and Dodge Charger Hemi convertibles. The Meadow Brook displays were presented in 16 classes with 8 classes featuring cars built after World War II.

One of the top muscle show cars in the world, Joe Bortz' Red 1964 Dodge Charger Roadster, packed with a 426-cid race Hemi under the hood was featured for those who pine for sports performance cars.

New for 2005, Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance presented two Best of Show Awards – one for Best American Car and one for Best Foreign Car.

Concorso d'Italia

Also beginning this year, Concorso d'Italia shared the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall with Concours d'Elegance. A celebration of the influence of Italian designers, this year's Concorso d'Italia featured more than 60 rare and exotic cars from Alpha Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

Frank Campanale, chairman of the 2005 Concorso d'Italia, says the combined shows will maintain their own separate identities and style.

'This will be ‘a show within a show, within the show,'' Campanale said. 'The Italian Happening features social events while the Concorso d'Italia will remain a traditional premiere ‘lawn show' of exotic Italian designed and built automobiles, all being included in the grand-daddy car show of them all, the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance.'

'Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is internationally acclaimed, and we are proud to be included on the same day of this incredible event celebrating the automobile,' said Randy Cox. 'We look forward again to throwing a little Italian spice into the classic car mix.'

Featured cars included several Italian prototypes never before seen in the United States. Also featured was a salute to Ghia featuring numerous prototypes and cars from several museums; as well as a tribute to Alfa Romeo's 100th anniversary. Concorso d'Italia will present the popular Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, DeTomaso, Alfa Romeo and several other Italian marques in groupings of the highly desirable makes and models.

'We are genuinely excited to have the Italian dimension to Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance for one incredible show on Sunday that will certainly have something for everybody,' said Lolly Bezy, Executive Director. 'This event celebrates the significant automotive contributions made by the great visionary manufacturers and designers from all over the world.'

eBay Motors

Another exciting, new addition to the show is an online eBay Motors auction of a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C Special and a 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster. Both vehicles have elaborate histories and have been accurately restored.

The 2005 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance included an RM world-class auction at the Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, with approximately 100 cars crossing the block, as well as an impressive collection of Lalique hood ornaments.

'Each year, the Concours at Meadow Brook becomes more spectacular, and our ultimate aim is to make it the best collector car show in the world,' said Lolly Bezy, the event's executive director. 'And thanks to our unique co-sponsor arrangement, and to the many other sponsors and supporters, we've been able to add events and features to create a Concours Week that really does offer ‘something for everyone.''

Meadow Brook hall

Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is proud to have contributed more than $5 million to Oakland University for the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall. The 80,000-square foot, 110-room mansion built during the golden automotive era by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred G. Wilson, is set on the beautiful campus of Oakland University, established in 1957 with property and funds provided by Alfred and Matilda Wilson.

Conclusion

In its 27th year, Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is one of the largest and most prestigious classic car events in the world. It commands the presence of some of the world's foremost car collectors, auto executives, auto enthusiasts and automotive media. It takes place at scenic Meadow Brook Hall, the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. Proceeds from the event go to Oakland University for the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall and for automotive heritage.

This year marked the first visit for this website's attendance. Brad Yankiver was on the scene photographing these exquisite machines and capturing the events throughout the day. The automobiles, their history, the scenery, and the level of detail that goes into making this event happen are undeniably perfect. It is overwhelmingly obvious that much time and dedication has gone into making this event one of the premiere classic car events in the world.

Please enjoy this website's coverage of the event. Most of the vehicles at the event can be found here, organized by group as they were at the event. We would like to thank all of the participant's, owners, enthusiasts, sponsors, hosts, and everyone who is involved in making the Meadow Brook Concours a reality.

Galleries

1907 Wayne Model N  
1909 Ford Model T  
1910 Cadillac Model 30  
1910 National Speedway Raceabout  
1910 Packard Model Thirty  
1910 Pullman Model O  
1910 REO Model S  
1911 Ann Arbor Convertible Touring  
1911 Packard Model Thirty  
1912 Metz Model 22  
1913 American Underslung Scout  
1916 Detroit Electric Model 60  
1924 Pierce Arrow Series 33  

1906 Columbia Mark XLVI  
1906 Locomobile Old 16  
1907 Ford Model K  
1908 Kissel Four  
1909 Simplex 90 HP  
1909 Thomas Flyer K6-70  
1910 Mercedes-Benz 37/90 HP  
1910 Oakland Series 40 Model K  
1910 Stevens Duryea Model Y  
1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70  
1911 Pope-Hartford Model W  
1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1912 Mitchell Model 5-6  
1913 Packard Model 38  
1913 Pierce Arrow Model 66-A  
1914 Locomobile Model 48  
1915 Stutz Model 4F  
1915 Winton Runabout  

1899 Locomobile Stanhope Style I  
1902 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash  
1903 Michigan Model A  
1905 REO Model A  

1928 Lincoln Model L  
1929 Lincoln Model L  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1931 Cadillac Series 355-A Eight  
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1932 Stutz Model DV-32  
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  

1934 Packard 1101 Eight  
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16  
1937 Packard 1501 Super Eight  
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight  
1939 Graham-Paige Model 97 Supercharged  
1939 LaSalle Series 50  
1940 Packard Custom Super-8 One-Eighty  
1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special  

1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1937 Plymouth P4 DeLuxe Series  
1938 Lincoln Zephyr  
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight  
1940 Lincoln Continental  
1940 Packard Super-8 One-Sixty  
1942 Chrysler Windsor Town and Country  
1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept  
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  

1947 Cadillac Series 62  
1947 Chrysler Town and Country  
1947 Ford Super Deluxe  
1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Eight  
1948 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1948 Chrysler New Yorker  
1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe  
1949 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1949 Cadillac Series 62 Coachcraft Coupe  
1949 Chevrolet GK Styleline DeLuxe  
1951 Frazer Manhattan  
1951 Mercury Series 1CM  
1952 Hudson Hornet  
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1953 Cadillac Series 62  
1953 Mercury Custom Series  
1953 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight  
1953 Pontiac Chieftain  
1954 Kaiser Darrin  
1954 Packard Caribbean Custom  
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1955 Ford Thunderbird  
1956 DeSoto Fireflite  
1956 Packard Caribbean  
1957 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado Brougham  
1957 DeSoto Adventurer  
1959 Dodge Custom Royal  
1961 Chrysler 300G  
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Series  
1965 Ford Mustang  
1966 AMC Marlin  
1967 Cadillac Eldorado  

1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8  
1926 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS  
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK  
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A  
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental  
1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter  
1936 Delahaye Type 135  
1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III  

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 S  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1966 Citroen DS21  

1933 Morgan Super Sport  
1934 MG N-Type Magnette  
1935 MG PA  
1939 MG TA  
1945 MG TC  
1947 Cisitalia 202SC  
1953 Nash Healey Pininfarina  
1953 Porsche 356  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Jaguar XKSS  
1960 Porsche 718/RS60  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California  
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1963 Morgan Plus Four  
1963 Porsche 356  
1966 Ferrari 330 GT  
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type  

1929 Auburn 8-120  
1929 Duesenberg Model J  
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Auburn Model 851  
1937 Cord 812  

1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car  
1958 Dual Ghia 400  
1962 Dual Ghia L6.4  

1951 Buick XP-300 Concept  
1952 Chevrolet Corvette C1 EX-122 Prototype  
1953 Cadillac Series 62  
1954 Buick Landau Concept  
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Concept  

1954 GMC XP-21 Firebird I  
1961 Chrysler Turboflite Concept  
1963 Chrysler Turbine  
1969 Pontiac Farago CF 428  
1991 Chrysler 300 Concept  
1995 Chrysler Atlantic Concept  
1996 Chrysler LHX Concept  
1997 Chrysler Phaeton  
1998 Plymouth Pronto Spyder  
1999 Chrysler Citadel  
2004 Chrysler ME412 Concept  

1908 Itala Racecar  
1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Sprint  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo  
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Series 105  
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2  
1986 Lamborghini Jalpa  
2003 Ferrari Enzo  

1932 MG F-Type Magna  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1948 Fiat 500 Topolino  
1965 Austin-Healey 3000  
1971 Plymouth Barracuda  
1974 Fascination 2DR  
2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept  
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