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Classic French Delahaye takes Cobble Beach honours

1939 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court wins Best in Show and People's Choice

Published: September 16, 2014, 3:00 AM
Updated: September 4, 2020, 5:26 PM

Cobble Beach 2014 - 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe

KEMBLE, ON – The show field at the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday was crowded with cars in the running for Best of Show and People's Choice awards. But a rare and beautiful 1936 Delahaye Type135 Competition Court 'Teardrop Coupe', with body by Figoni et Falaschi, surpassed them all to claim both top honours.

The spectacular Delahaye was also one of 16 individual class winners, ranging in vintage from a 1904 Oldsmobile Model T – with a 'French Front' rather than the more common Curved Dash – to a 2014 Pagani Huayra, which took first place in the Supercar class.

The inaugural Cobble Beach Concours was held in 2013 at the Cobble Beach Golf Links Resort Community, on the shore of Georgian Bay in Kemble, on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, about 18km north of Owen Sound.

It was the realization of a long-held dream by resort owner and event organizer, Rob McLeese and his late father, Willis.

More than 100 vehicles were on display, including eight in a new Museum Class, all of which were loaned for the show by auto museums in Canada and the U.S.

Among them were several cars important to Canadian history, including: the 1867 Seth Taylor Steam Buggy – arguably Canada's first car; a 1914 Galt Gasoline Electric – arguably Canada's first hybrid car and one of two 1939 Buick two 1939 McLauglin Buick limousines custom built by General Motors of Canada for use by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their 1939 Canadian Royal Tour.

Included with those museum cars was the 1963 Ford Mustang II concept car built by Ford to give the public an advanced look at the design direction for the original Mustang, introduced a year later.

There were special classes for Cadillacs and Corvettes and hot rods and race cars and even micro-cars from the '50s to '70s – in other words, something for every automotive taste.

Check out a few of them in the accompanying photo array.