St. John’s Concours 2015

1947 Bentley Mk VI Convertible Franay Ted McIntyreHere’s our report from this past weekend’s 2015 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, including a big photo gallery. 

 

 

Another amazing St. John’s Concours is in the books. We’re truly fortunate to have one of America’s greatest collector car shows right here in the Motor City. As always, the categories on the show field were expertly conceived and curated, bringing together nearly 300 of the world’s greatest historic cars. To name but a few:

+   Nicola Bulgari’s 1934 Buick 98 Victoria, easily one of the most beautiful Buicks of America’s classic era.

+   The 1933 Dymaxion replica created by the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville—a fascinating and significant historical achievement.

+   The 1932 Ford roadster originally built by hot rodding pioneer Ray Brown, these days on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

+  Ted McIntyre’s glorious 1947 Bentley Mark VI with fantastic cabriolet bodywork by Franay, Words fail; simply refer to the lead photo above.

You’ll find all these awesome cars and many more in the gallery below. We’ll have more great stuff from the Inn at St John’s in the coming days.

 

1950 Nash Statesman Airflyte Coupe Edmund J. Meurer
1928 Auburn 8-88 SPeedster Richard & Helen Harding
1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe Donnie Gould
1930 Franklin 147 Dietrich Sport Sedan Franklin Auto Collection
1953 Buick Skylark Neal & Lois Porter
1957 Ferrari 625-250TRC Scaglietti Bruce Meyer
1932 Ford Ray Brown Roadster Petersen Auto Museum
1926 Franklin 11A Opera Coupe Doug Wolford & Mark Kretz
1933 Dymaxion replica Lane Motor Museum
1934 Ford Brewster Town Car Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate
1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe Barry Wolk
1960 Mercury Parklane Convertible Tom Gerrard
1936 Ford Pierson Bros. Coupe Jim Bobowski
1959 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta P. Paul Pappalardo
1909 Austin Ted & Mary Stahl
1963 Knight Offy Midget James Orzulak
1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic Gerald Farber
1936 Hudon 65 Convertible Coupe Eldon & Esta Hostetler
1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster Peter T. Boyle
1933 Packard Twelve Model 1005 Coupe Laura and Jack B. Smith Jr.
1954 Arnolt Bristol Christopher Turner
1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Touring Keith Crain
1966 Bizzarrini 5300 Spyder SI Prototype mark & Allison Sassak
1947 Bentley Mk VI Convertible Franay Ted McIntyre
1955 Dodge LaFemme Hardtop Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
1966 Hino Contessa 1300S Coupe Myron & Kim Vernis
1936 Ford Station Wagon 68-790 Rick King & Sue Markus
1928 Packard 442 Roadster Robert & Betty Reenders
1929 Durant 4-40 Roadster Ted & Mary Stahl
1931 Lincoln K Town Sedan Michael P. Lauth
1934 Buick 98 Victoria Nicola Bulgari
1963 Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake Chuck & Isabel Ungurean

1950 Nash Statesman Airflyte Coupe Edmund J. Meurer

1928 Auburn 8-88 SPeedster Richard & Helen Harding

1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe Donnie Gould

1930 Franklin 147 Dietrich Sport Sedan Franklin Auto Collection

1953 Buick Skylark Neal & Lois Porter

1957 Ferrari 625-250TRC Scaglietti Bruce Meyer

1932 Ford Ray Brown Roadster Petersen Auto Museum

1926 Franklin 11A Opera Coupe Doug Wolford & Mark Kretz

1933 Dymaxion replica Lane Motor Museum

1934 Ford Brewster Town Car Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate

1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe Barry Wolk

1960 Mercury Parklane Convertible Tom Gerrard

1936 Ford Pierson Bros. Coupe Jim Bobowski

1959 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta P. Paul Pappalardo

1909 Austin Ted & Mary Stahl

1963 Knight Offy Midget James Orzulak

1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic Gerald Farber

1936 Hudon 65 Convertible Coupe Eldon & Esta Hostetler

1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster Peter T. Boyle

1933 Packard Twelve Model 1005 Coupe Laura and Jack B. Smith Jr.

1954 Arnolt Bristol Christopher Turner

1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Touring Keith Crain

1966 Bizzarrini 5300 Spyder SI Prototype mark & Allison Sassak

1947 Bentley Mk VI Convertible Franay Ted McIntyre

1955 Dodge LaFemme Hardtop Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

1966 Hino Contessa 1300S Coupe Myron & Kim Vernis

1936 Ford Station Wagon 68-790 Rick King & Sue Markus

1928 Packard 442 Roadster Robert & Betty Reenders

1929 Durant 4-40 Roadster Ted & Mary Stahl

1931 Lincoln K Town Sedan Michael P. Lauth

1934 Buick 98 Victoria Nicola Bulgari

1963 Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake Chuck & Isabel Ungurean

 

6 thoughts on “St. John’s Concours 2015

  1. This is truly one of the country’s great concours events and it is an honor to be participate. The Sprint Car class was truly something to behold; both in the cars invited and the way they were displayed. The organizers deserve special kudos for groundbreaking classes such as Eighties Dream Cars and Classic Japanese Sports Cars. The traditional Classics are amazing vehicles but we have to recognize the passion of younger enthusiasts. It was great to see this event take that first step.

    • The show is too much for me — sensory overload, drinking from the firehose, etc. I have to concentrate on photography or I simply get lost in the cars. I often say my cameras have a better time at St. John’s than I do. I believe this year’s show had exceptional depth. Agree?

      • Depth has always been one of the great attributes of this show. The organizers reached just a little further this year and, in my opinion, made it more interesting than ever.

  2. This was our second time displaying a car at the Concours and we can’t wait to do it again. Truly a wonderful event.

    • The Contessa 1300 Coupe was designed by Michelotti. It is powered by a rear mounted, liquid cooled in-line four with twin Hitachi SU carbs. It was going to be their halo car to enter the US market and they contracted with Pete Brock’s newly established BRE race team to prepare and race two examples. They placed first and second in their first race in the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix. About the same time, Toyota purchased Hino and ended passenger car production, making the Contessa 1300 Coupe a very limited final production model. Toyota still produces trucks under the Hino name to this day.

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