First look: St. John’s Concours 2013

Here’s the opening round in MCG’s coverage of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. 

 

So many fabulous cars—almost too many to take in. Almost. At this past weekend’s St. John’s Concours, the sensory overload began to kick in mere moments after walking onto the show field. Consider this big photo gallery a mere first installment. There will be more, rest assured. A little of what you’ll find in this first group:

+   The fascinating 1930 Cord L-29 modified in period by noted designer Brooks Stevens with Woodlites, tailfin, and Speedster bodywork (featured in the lead photo above). Now owned by Ed Schoenthaler.

+   William Borrusch’s 1953 Lancia PF200C with body by Pininfarina. This flamboyant Italian roadster was one of MCG’s show day favorites. Magnificent.

+   Gary T. Ridell’s 1936 Ford Three-Window Coupe, also seen at the St. John’s Preview. As black and as straight as any flathead V8-era Ford you will ever see.

+   Surely the greatest name ever for a brass age automobile: the 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat. Top that, Bruce McCall. Displayed by Bill and Barbara Parfet.

Slide show below. Please stay tuned for more galleries and many more cars from the St. John’s Concours through the week.

 

1928 Gardner Model 85 Sport Roadster Bob and Kim Gardner
1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster Bernie Aaron
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Roy Tyner NASCAR racer Keith Vrabec
1936 Plymouth Convertible Richard and Linda Kughn
1939 Graham Model 96 Sharknose Coupe Diedre and Walt Bender
1893 Shamrock Runabout Canadian Museum
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Drogo Peter Klutt Collection
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Philip Brown
1929 Stearns-Knight Model J Phaeton
1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible J.V. Gale
1954 Arnolt Bristol Bolide Convertible by Bertone Stanley Cryz
1961 Devin SS Louis and Abigail Natenshon
1932 American Austin Series 275 Coupe William Dreist
1947 Tatra T-87 Sedan Lane Motor Museum
1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat Speedster Bill and Barbara Parfet auxiliary seat
1955 Chrysler 300 Hardtop Chrysler Historical Collection
1938 Buick Limousine Edmund Meurer
1932 Ford V-8 Model 18 Roadster William and Jenell Larson
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible Herb Wiese
1960 Buick Electra 225 Convertible John DeTulio
1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am racer Jim Bartel
1937 Talbot-Lago 150-C Roadster Jim Patterson
1954 Dodge Power Wagon Chrysler Historical Collection
1939 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan Colin Rockefeller
1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe Brad and Kathy Marsland
1972 Dodge Challenger Kit Car racer Edward Bryan Skales
1957 Ford Sunliner Convertible Paul Coleman
1966 Ford GT40 Coupe Peter Klutt Collection
1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible Naif Maikol, Jr. headlamps
1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 143 Roadster Robert and Betty Reenders archer
1963 Chevrolet Impala Junior Johnson NASCAR Racer RK Motors
1953 Lancia PF200C Pininfarina William Borrusch
1970 Plymouth Superbird Ramo Stott racer Douglas Schellinger
1937 Studebaker J5 Express Coupe Sheldon Rier
1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Gordon Linkletter
1928 Cunningham V-8 Touring Tom and Sonia Abbott
1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible Naif Maikol, Jr.
1950 Willys-Overland Jeepster Chrysler Historical Collection
1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible David A. Redding
2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe General Motors
1977 Porsche 934.5 by Brumos Bob Weber
1936 Ford Deluxe Three-Window Coupe Gary T. Ridell
1953 Oldsmobile Deluxe 88 Sedan NASCAR racer R.E. Olds Museum
1929 Willys-Knight 66B Plaidside Roadster by Griswold Richard and Shirley Hamilton
1964 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Targa Prototype Myron and Kimberly Vernis
1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster Berine Aaron right rear
1911 Baker Electric Special Extension Coupe Terence E. Adderly
1950 Muntz Jet Convertible David and Kathryn Hans
1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Coupe Gordon Linkletter LF
1930 Cord L-29 Speedster by Brooks Stevens Ed Schoenthaler

1928 Gardner Model 85 Sport Roadster Bob and Kim Gardner

1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster Bernie Aaron

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Roy Tyner NASCAR racer Keith Vrabec

1936 Plymouth Convertible Richard and Linda Kughn

1939 Graham Model 96 Sharknose Coupe Diedre and Walt Bender

1893 Shamrock Runabout Canadian Museum

1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Drogo Peter Klutt Collection

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Philip Brown

1929 Stearns-Knight Model J Phaeton

1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible J.V. Gale

1954 Arnolt Bristol Bolide Convertible by Bertone Stanley Cryz

1961 Devin SS Louis and Abigail Natenshon

1932 American Austin Series 275 Coupe William Dreist

1947 Tatra T-87 Sedan Lane Motor Museum

1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat Speedster Bill and Barbara Parfet auxiliary seat

1955 Chrysler 300 Hardtop Chrysler Historical Collection

1938 Buick Limousine Edmund Meurer

1932 Ford V-8 Model 18 Roadster William and Jenell Larson

1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible Herb Wiese

1960 Buick Electra 225 Convertible John DeTulio

1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am racer Jim Bartel

1937 Talbot-Lago 150-C Roadster Jim Patterson

1954 Dodge Power Wagon Chrysler Historical Collection

1939 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan Colin Rockefeller

1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe Brad and Kathy Marsland

1972 Dodge Challenger Kit Car racer Edward Bryan Skales

1957 Ford Sunliner Convertible Paul Coleman

1966 Ford GT40 Coupe Peter Klutt Collection

1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible Naif Maikol, Jr. headlamps

1929 Pierce-Arrow Model 143 Roadster Robert and Betty Reenders archer

1963 Chevrolet Impala Junior Johnson NASCAR Racer RK Motors

1953 Lancia PF200C Pininfarina William Borrusch

1970 Plymouth Superbird Ramo Stott racer Douglas Schellinger

1937 Studebaker J5 Express Coupe Sheldon Rier

1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Gordon Linkletter

1928 Cunningham V-8 Touring Tom and Sonia Abbott

1959 Dodge Custom Royal Convertible Naif Maikol, Jr.

1950 Willys-Overland Jeepster Chrysler Historical Collection

1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible David A. Redding

2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe General Motors

1977 Porsche 934.5 by Brumos Bob Weber

1936 Ford Deluxe Three-Window Coupe Gary T. Ridell

1953 Oldsmobile Deluxe 88 Sedan NASCAR racer R.E. Olds Museum

1929 Willys-Knight 66B Plaidside Roadster by Griswold Richard and Shirley Hamilton

1964 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Targa Prototype Myron and Kimberly Vernis

1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster Berine Aaron right rear

1911 Baker Electric Special Extension Coupe Terence E. Adderly

1950 Muntz Jet Convertible David and Kathryn Hans

1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Coupe Gordon Linkletter LF

1930 Cord L-29 Speedster by Brooks Stevens Ed Schoenthaler

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4 thoughts on “First look: St. John’s Concours 2013

  1. I love the colors of the old cars. Much more interesting the the common silver and black of today’s vehicles.

    Some days I think the Ferrari Dino 206 is the most beautiful automobile ever. Other days it’s the Lamborghini Miura. Then I correct myself when I remember the Dino 206 again.

    You should have picked a different camera angle for the Cadillac ELR. It looks like a turd amongst all these other pictures. The front end appears to have a slight twist toward the passenger side with the wheel cambered inward.

    • Andy, I look for those angles sort of on purpose. Current cars can have some unusual shapes and proportions, which the company photographers will often try to hide.

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