September 13, 2014, 5:00 AM
More than 125 cars, selected from private collections across North America and valued at more than $200-million, will compete for honours at the second annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 14. The history of the Concours d’Elegance dates back to 17th century France where members of the aristocracy showed off their horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris on summer weekends and holidays.
Ontario's Georgian Bay became the site of Canada's first major Concours, joining the ranks of Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and St. John's, last year with the inaugural Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The sophomore edition promises to build on the success of last year, showcasing some of history's most storied, most significant and most valuable vehicles, as well as some just for fun.
In addition to Canada's first car and first hybrid, some of the highlights of this year's show include a brass-era 1910 Oldsmobile Model X3, a 1929 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster, like Daisy's car in the movie, Gatsby, and a one-off 1934 Cadillac V-16 Victoria Convertible Coupe.
Among the most dramatic entries will be a 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe with bodywork by Paris coach-builders, Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi, whose work was synonymous with the "French curve."
More modern entries include a 1955 Chevrolet Corvette that may be the first Corvette purchased new in Canada, a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS and a whole class for mid-century microcars such as Isettas and Messerschmitts.
Beyond the Microcar Class entries, there will be a full field of diverse vehicles in 15 other classes, which include:
• Horseless Carriage (Brass Era) Pre 1916
• Vintage (Nickel Era) 1916 to 1927
• American Classics Open 1925 to 1948
• American Classics Closed 1925 to 1948
• European Classics 1925 to 1948
• Sports Cars – European to 1973
• Sports Cars – American to 1973
• Preservation Class – pre 1960 cars (unrestored)
• Post War Thoroughbred - limited production prestige to 1973
• American Muscle Car 1960 to 1973
• Race Cars - track only – pre 1980
• Special Interest
• Pre-War Canadian engineered and built automobiles
• Production Modern 1949 to 1973
• Museum Cars
The 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance takes place at the Cobble Beach Golf Links Resort Community in Kemble, Ontario, a few minutes north of Owen Sound. More information is available at www.cobblebeachconcours.com.
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