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The Inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance to Head Auction Week in January

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  • All photos courtesy of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance and Michael Tobias

The second week of January in Arizona has long been the start of the collector car auction season and this year to kick it off there will be a new event added to the calendar. The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance has chosen 80 exceptional automobiles that will compete for awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

Organizers of the first annual event have chosen Packard and Maserati, which celebrates its 100th anniversary during 2014, as the honored marques. Both pre and post-war examples of competition and road cars from Maserati’s history will be on display at the Concours. Packard will also have a strong presence on the field.

The complete list of accepted entries, selected from more than 150 applicants, features rare and historic vehicles from all eras. They will be displayed to the public in a unique setting next to the art deco elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore that hosts the event.

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Among some of the featured pre-war cars that will appear at the Arizona Concours are:

  • 1907 Renault AI 35-45 – A racing car ordered by William K. Vanderbilt.
  • 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6 – with Swiss coach work by Swiss Hermann Graber.
  • 1937 Maserati 6CM- Grand Prix racing car.
  • 1937 Cord 812 – Owned and driven by silent-screen film star Tom Mix.

A team of concours judges led by Chief Judge John Carlson, will select winners in 15 classes that range all the way from early pre-1916 cars to post-war sports, racing and exotics autosmobiles.

The inaugural Arizona Concours is a charity event with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For tickets and more information, visit with

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