The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will take center stage at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5.
Themed “Mid-Century Hybrids,” the event will showcase collector vehicles — several of which are utterly unique — melding the moxie of mid-century American muscle with the delicately hand-crafted bodies of period Italian, French and British designers.
The event is unique in the world of automotive events in that it is actually two events melded into one two-day extravaganza. As in previous years, Saturday will consist entirely of American made vehicles, while Sunday is reserved exclusively for those of foreign build.
In an interesting twist, visitors can expect to see many less-than-common nameplates, including Facel Vega, Cunningham, Dual Ghia, Iso Grifo, Cobra, Hudson Italia, Fitch Phoenix and Pantera, roll down the aisle. All of these cars reflect this year’s focus on vehicles blending the seductive allure of European design with the brawny dependability of an American power plant.
Bonhams — the world renowned British auction firm — will host its third Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia auction, which will take place on Sunday in addition to the main event.
The sale will include a 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkII Coupe, a 1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Phaeton and a 1920 Biddle Ormond Beach Speedster, among others, all available to the highest bidder.
The event will also feature a three-day regatta of classic former America’s Cup 12-Meter yachts. Offered in association with the 12-M Yacht Development Foundation, these craft will be competing for the Greenwich Concours Cup. Visitors will be able to view the yachts up close and a few lucky people will even be given rides.
Motorcycle aficionados will be treated to a historically and chronologically accurate and complete display of Triumph Bonneville TT Special racing motorcycles. All rare, the production figures ranged from as many as several hundred to as few as seven.
“This year’s Triumph exhibit is extra special — the collection is one of only two such examples in the world,” said Bruce Wennerstrom, event organizer and co-founder.
“Virtual GT” driving simulators will be available to visitors who wish to push the limits of virtual driving. Galleries of automotive art and demonstrations, as well as displays of the very latest new cars such as Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Lexus, Jaguar, Mini, Land Rover, Smart, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Bugatti, will be available as well.
Last year’s event was considered a success. The honor of Best in Show went to a 1938 Lincoln K-12 Convertible Sedan. Other high honors included a 1941 Chrysler Town & Country, a 1939 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan and a 1941 Packard Super Eight One Eighty Convertible Victoria.
Bonhams’ 2010 Greenwich sale saw enthusiastic bidding and record-breaking crowds, even as thunderstorms barrelled through Fairfield county. Booming thunder overhead obscured the crack of the hammer as the top lot of the evening, a left hand drive 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Saloon, sold for $265,500.
Attendees were treated to the single-collection sale of more than 30 motorcars of Italian origin. Each vehicle was chosen for its originality, performance, rarity or presence of an element of Italy in the car’s unique craftsmanship.
Included was a 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 Berlinetta, which sold for $216,000. A collector in the front row scored the winning $119,300 bid on a rare 1966 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Double Bubble after outcompeting an army of hungry phone bidders. A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon with bodywork by Touring of Milan, traded hands for $172,000.
Some proceeds from the 2011 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will go to benefit AmeriCares, a private non-profit relief and humanitarian aid organization that responds to the medical needs of people around the world.
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 120 Steamboat Road, Greenwich. Saturday, Sunday, June 4, 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine. $25, or $40 for both days; under 12 free with adult. Bonhams’ auction Sunday10 a.m with the Automobilia sale, followed by the Motorcar sale noon. Rain or shine.