The 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, taking place this past June, was nothing short of a fabulous event. The sun was shining, engines revving, and people of all ages were present to feast their eyes on some gorgeous vehicles. The Simeone Automotive Museum, having been our venue for the last two years, is only an added bonus for which it displays over 65 historically significant cars: Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, and the impressive list goes on… let’s just say there was plenty to look at!
The Overall Best of Show was awarded to the rare 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, owned by Mark. L. James, attorney from Lancaster County. This stunning Studebaker was one of 878 built in 1958 and is known to be one of less than 100 to still survive. In 2012, Mark’s fascination with Studebaker’s evolved, and now he has a baker’s dozen, 13 in all. It’s no surprise that this car won best of show, with a history of winning Best of Class at a number of renowned concours’ across the country.
Kids Choice: Steve and Carol Neubauer, 1955 Messerschmitt
The Kid’s Choice award was awarded to the car the children felt stole the show. It is no surprise that the cute, compact 1955 Messerschmitt was a crowd favorite. Fritz M Fend an aircraft engineer developed the Fend Fritzer 101 in 1950 as a means of transportation for soldiers that lost limbs. Building them in his garage he found the demand was higher than he could produce. He approached Willy Messerschmitt, creator of the most feared war planes who was at that time forbidden to make aircraft after the war, who agreed to make the vehicle if his name was on the car.
Best Open Car: Max King, 1953 Sunbeam Talbot
This stunning Sunbeam Talbot, finished in Coronation Red over a light fawn leather interior caught the eye of the judge’s for Best Open Car at this year’s concours. In 1935, The Roote’s Group acquired Sunbeam-Talbot- Darracq, which produced the Sunbeam Talbot (S-T) automobiles. Just 1,582 Alpines were produced between 1953 and 1955. Power is supplied by an 80hp 2267cc 4-cylinder engine fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission and Laycock de Normanville overdrive.
Best Muscle Car: Frank and Theresa Szymkowski, 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
With about eight Muscle Cars present at this year’s Philadelphia Concours, Frank and Theresa Szymkowski’s ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge was a crowd favorite. This vehicle is equipped exactly as it came out of the factory. Although GM did not keep production numbers of how many were made in this color, this GTO is known to be one of 11 in the world painted Warwick blue, with a striking blue interior as well.
Best Prewar Car: Ted Reimel, 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS Miniature Tonneau
The best pre-war car was awarded to this beauty. The 48 was the longest-selling Pierce Arrow model, produced from 1909 well into the 1920’s. It is equipped with a 525-cubic-inch, 48 bhp, 6-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed, sliding gear transmission mounted onto a 134 inch wheelbase and bodied with Pierce-Arrow’s innovative cast aluminum coachwork. Built in Buffalo, New York, Pierce-Arrows were considered some of the highest quality and most refined American cars of the period.
Best Closed Car: Don and Diane Meluzio, 1954 Fiat 1100 Bertone Berlinetta
The Best Closed Car was awarded to this rare Fiat. This Bertone Bodied Fiat 1100TV came from Nuccio Bertone’s Carrozzeria in Torino. It looks like a baby B.A.T. and was in fact styled right around the same time, by Bertone’s chief stylist, Franco Scaglione, unlike the 3 Berlinetta aerodinamica technical prototypes it is believed that Nuccio Bertone built a series of 10 of his “5700 series” of cars.
Best Sports Car: Kim Barnes, 1963 Sunbeam Alpine
Kim Barnes’ Sunbeam Alpine is one of very few Sunbeam’s that has been restored to true concours standards. It has a history of winning at previous Awards and Shows such as: Class winner at Greenwich, Hilton Head, Pinehurst, AACA Senior at Hersheym AACA Gran National, shown at St. Michaels Concours.
Best Post War Car: June Platz, 1970 Mercedes 280SL
This 1970 Mercedes 280SL took the Best Post War Car trophy home. Owner, June Platz, enthusiastic Lady of Mercedes, has traveled the USA attending many concours displaying vintage Mercedes-Benz automobiles with her husband, restorer Bob Platz (pictured).
Car Corral Winners
First Place: Dan Sarandrea, Fiat X19; Second Place: Howard Wellens, Turner; Third Place: John Capatanio, Lotus Esprit; Longest Distance Traveled: Michael Panachi, Chevelle; Kids Choice: Larry and Deb Ferrara, Fiat Multipla
Mark your calendars for our 2019 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance! Father’s Day Weekend
June 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Simeone Automotive Museum.