1953 Chrysler "Thomas Special" Coupe
Classic car enthusiasts are set to descend on the Motor City next week for the return of the long-standing Meadow Brook vintage car weekend tradition. Held on the estate grounds of America’s famous Meadow Brook Hall at Rochester Hills, Mich., north of Detroit, the annual motoring weekend is a highlight of the collector car calendar, combining RM Auctions’ Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event with the renowned Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook.
With a strong focus on American classics, this year’s event will once again celebrate the unique legacy of the Midwest’s impact on the automobile, with a magnificent range of motor cars set to cross the auction podium, as well as for display on the Concours’ show field.
American Classics at RM’s Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
Celebrating its 16th year, RM’s Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook once again acts as the prelude to the 2010 Concours when it returns July 24. Featuring over 100 automobiles, highlighted by a magnificent assortment of American classics, the sale promises an exciting range of ownership opportunities for discerning collectors.
“As one of the most established car events in North America, the Meadow Brook weekend provides a great opportunity for enthusiasts to view and bid on some of the world’s finest automobiles and Michigan’s own unique automotive legacy – all in a relaxed setting,” says Ian Kelleher, President and COO, RM Auctions.
Leading an exciting inventory of automobiles set for the auction podium is a one-off 1953 Chrysler “Thomas Special” Coupe with coachwork by Ghia. A unique concept car commissioned by Chrysler and built by Virgil Exner for the auto show circuit, the Thomas Special was gifted by Chrysler to C.B. Thomas, president of Chrysler’s Export Division. It is surrounded by an extraordinary series of other classics originating from the local Detroit area, including a rare 1939 Packard 120 Convertible Victoria, one of approximately eight examples built; and a handsome 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster Convertible, considered one of the best driving and finest open cars of the period.
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Other notable entries include a variety of investment-quality motor cars from the estate of the late John O’Quinn, including a well-known, majestic 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan with coachwork by Murphy and an elegant 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Henley Roadster, one of less than ten known Henley Roadsters.
For those unable to attend the event in person, telephone, absentee and Internet bidding options are available and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event. In addition, this year’s event marks the launch of RM’s new iPhone bidding app - an industry first.
For full event details and to view the digital catalog, please visit www.rmauctions.com. A selection of video presentations are available online at: www.youtube.com/rmauctionsinc.
Traditional Cars at the 2010 Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook
The 2010 Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook weekend features a wide variety of events, kicking off with the traditional Motoring Tour on Friday, July 23. Celebrating its 5th year, 40 cars will cover a new 40-mile route around the Rochester area.
Concours Sunday is the main event of the weekend, featuring a field of over 200 cars along with a range of vintage motorcycles. Featured highlights include a wonderful series of Celebrity Owned Cars like the Nash Healy that was used in the 50’s TV program ‘Superman’, to a great selection of Sports and European Cars, including a highly-desirable 1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder and a beautiful 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom III, along with a Super Car Display featuring the new Lingenfelter Firebird T/A Formula, to be displayed for the first time at any major concours.
The one-day event will feature some of the best cars in the world, offering a diverse field of traditional concours cars, along with the greatest examples of automotive history, including a 1942 Packard Darrin, owned by star Gene Autry, a stunning 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante (pictured left), a magnificent 1938 Talbot Lago 150-C Tear Drop Coupe, as well as the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by the son of Matilda Dodge, former resident of Meadow Brook Hall.
Additional Concours highlights include the unique Triumph Bonneville TT Special collection of 5 motorcycles owned by H.C. Morris. One of only two known collections, Triumph’s TT Special is one of the world’s most famous production-racing motorcycles.
“It is with general agreement that there are three major Concours d'Elegance events in the country. The Meadow Brook Concours is one of the oldest and most respected. On July 25th, car enthusiasts will have a special opportunity to view over 200 of the greatest cars in the world in one place. We invite everyone to join the festivities at Meadow Brook,” says Larry Moss, Chairman of the Car Selection Committee for the Concours.
For a full schedule of events for the Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook event, to view featured classes, or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.meadowbrookconcours.org.
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