The Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

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The Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will be held September 19-21, 2014 on the grounds of the 70-acre estate, located in Akron, OH.

“Few settings equal the elegance of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,” said David Schultz, concours executive director, who previously served as executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering, the precursor to this new Northeast Ohio event.

“Our 2014 features include Pierce-Arrow, Duesenberg, Packard Darrin, pre-1929 American motorcycles, Cord, classic American woodies and a fun class—Vehicles that Defy Description,” said Schultz.

Among the top automobiles on display are:

• A fully-operational replica of the 1770 Cugnot fardier steam carriage, the world’s first self-propelled vehicle;

• A group of Duesenbergs, including a 1931 Derham Tourster that’s featured on the 2014 souvenir poster by artist Jay Koka;

• Eight pre-1929 vintage motorcycles, including the oldest running Harley-Davidson, a 1905 belt-driven, one-cylinder model;

• The only surviving prototype of the original Lincoln Continental, built in 1939;

• Eight Packard Darrins—from 1938 to 1942—including one bought new by western film star Gene Autry;

• A Brass Era class that includes a1912 Simplex 38 torpedo phaeton by Holbrook, 1911 Marmon speedster and a 1907 Studebaker-Garford limousine;

• A group of Pierce-Arrows, including a huge 1909 Pierce-Arrow tonneau and a one-off 1936 Pierce-Arrow limousine by Letourneur & Marchand;

• A prototypeof the innovative Flajole Forerunner from the AACA Museum;

• A 1949 Cadillac 75 Coupe deVille one-off New York auto show car.

In addition, there will be a special class—World Class Performance Cars—that will contain modern limited-production, high-performance classics from marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, Maserati, Porsche and Bentley.

“This event will reflect the grandeur of the original concours of the 1920s and 30s,” said Schultz, “with an emphasis on fashion, music, food and, of course, elegant automobiles.”

Learn more at www.concours.stanhywet.org/.

 

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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