The 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s Inn, located in Plymouth, Michigan, was held on Sunday, July 27th. The 36th annual running of the event marked the fourth year at its new home after moving from Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. More than 250 vehicles were on display on a part of the 27-hole golf course located at the Inn.
Highlights and special classes covered the evolution of the sports car, the visionary designs of Virgil Exner, Jet Age pick-ups from the fifties and sixties and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini. In addition, there was a full field of the traditional concours fare comprised of American and European brass, antique and classic cars.
The highlight of the event was the awarding of the best-in-show trophys, one to an American vehicle and the other to a foreign vehicle. The Best in Show – American was won by a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria owned by William and Barbara Parfet of Hickory Corners, Michigan. Best in Show – Foreign went to a 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet from the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky.
The 1932 Duesenberg wearing coachwork by Walter M. Murphy is believed to be one of the earliest Convertible Victoria bodys to be built on a Model J chassis. The 1939 Bugatti T57C when new was fitted with very distinctive coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck, a German coachbuilder. Two of its styling elements of interest are the unusual art moderne style grille and the peaked and razor-edged rear fenders. You can see more of the Bugatti on a video taken at last years St. James’s Concours.
Other notable award winners above are: a 1929 Duesenberg Model J owned by Tony & Jonna Ficco of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, a 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial owned by Donald Bernstein of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 owned by Denis Bigioni of Pickering, Ohio. Look for more photos and information soon at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.