Fix for Local Car Junkies – The Palos Verdes Concours

Ocean Backdrop for Some Great Cars

No Surprise Here

Nethercutt Bugatti awaits selection as best in Class, French CoachworkThe “French Curves” class is a Southern California specialty, with significant exhibits in the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar and the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard which is devoted almost exclusively to French Cars. Both have a record of Best in Shows at Pebble Beach. So it was no surprise at all when the Nethercutt’s  1931 Bugatti Type 51 Coupe with coachwork by Dubos that won its class, also took the top honor as Best in Show at Palos Verdes.

Nethercutt 1931 Dubos-bodied Bugatti Type 51 - Best in Show at Palos Verdes

Lots of Fun Classes

1957 Lincoln Premier ConvertibleThere was a special class for “American Fins” celebrating that 1950s era when cars seemed poised to take flight. This 1957 Lincoln Premier did not place but what an example of the exuberance of the times!

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28A popular class with those who were just getting their licenses in the mid-60s was the Pony Cars, this year won by a car other than a Mustang – this 1969 Camaro Z-28. In 1968 Chevrolet offered a Regular Production Option RPO Z28, which included many of the modifications needed to make the cars competitive in the Trans-Am Sedan Championship Series. The first year, cars carried no external indication of the package, instead merely sporting a “302” badge on each cheek. Their racing success led to the word getting out that this was the package for the serious driver, and marketing quickly replaced it with the Z-28 badge seen here. 

Red Jaguar XK140The middle model of the numbered XK Series Jaguars was the XK-140, so named for its projected top speed potential. This is a Roadster, distinguished from a “Drop-head Coupe” by the door cutouts and absence of wind-up windows. Talk about seductive! This car went on to win  its class.

Model A Tudor CoupeA stalwart staple of collectors, the Model A Ford got a couple of classes to itself at the Concours. This Tudor Coupe won its class.

Model AA Stake Bed TruckI don’t know if the wood on the Ford Model A trucks (this one technically a Model AA) looked this good from the factory, but it’s pretty enough to give this one a second in class.

1911 Maxwell Fire Chief's CarIn the other “Utility Vehicle” class, this intricately painted 1911 Maxwell Fire Chief’s car won its class, and delighted the crowd.

DelahayeFlamboyant Figoni et Falaschi coachwork helped this 1937 Delahaye 135m A win a special Dutch Darrin Automotive Excellence award. It’s from the Mullin Collection.

Red E-TypeI suppose it was too much to expect two red Jaguars to win their classes. This stunning 1965 E-Type 4.2 FHC took second in class to an earlier 3.8 OTS in opalescent blue, like Dad’s 4.2.

Bobcat LF View
In March, 1964, Car and Driver published a “Comparison Test” of the Pontiac and Ferrari GTOs. This is the car they tested, a Royal “Bobcat” GTO that had been clandestinely built with a Super Duty 421 cubic inch V8 in place of the stock 389 of the song. Jim Wanger, marketing manager and the man behind the Pontiac push for performance back then, is in the passenger seat.

Bobcat GTO's 421 CID Tri-Power V8Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak, Michigan was Pontiac’s performance dealership, producing “Bobcat” tune-up kits and acting as intermediary for the car magazines. That’s how the 421 cubic inch Tri-power V8 (above) was snuck into the test. It’s visually identical to the stock 389.

Following a Rumble-seat classic and a 911 Carrera out of the TrumpLeaving the event, you get one of the benefits of local participation. Many of the cars belong to nearby residents. Here the Porsche 911 Class-winning Carrera RS and a couple of rumble-seat occupants lead the way out of the Trump National Golf Club onto Palos Verdes Drive South.

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Author, Editor, Publisher, Reporter, Historian, Archivist:
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All photographs are by the Author unless otherwise indicated.


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One Response to Fix for Local Car Junkies – The Palos Verdes Concours

  1. 2013 Palos Verdes Concours Celebrates “The Age of Elegance”
    Rolls Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and coachwork of Ray Dietrich to be featured

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – March 12, 2013 – The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes on September 15 will celebrate the “Age of Elegance” by showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.

    The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork of Raymond Dietrich. The Concours will also recognize the centennial of Aston Martin, the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary of the Loewy Avanti. Other classes will showcase post-war luxury cars, and a full range of sports cars. Preservation cars – automobiles that are in original and well maintained condition – will be displayed alongside the restored cars.

    With its iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament, Rolls-Royce has long been recognized as one of the world’s most elegant automobiles, according to Exhibit Chairman Ray Johnson, “When Charles Rolls and Henry Royce partnered in 1904 they set the standard for luxury cars,” Johnson said.
    Owned by Rolls-Royce for most of the 20th Century, Bentleys have enjoyed a reputation for elegance and quality equal to Rolls-Royce. Initially, Bentleys had a reputation for speed and durability that culminated in consecutive triumphs at the Le Mans 24-hour race from 1927 to 1930. After being acquired by Rolls during the Depression, the Bentley evolved into a refined car with agility and power.
    There will be a Duesenberg class for one of the most elegant American cars ever made. Brothers Frederick and August founded Duesenberg Automobile in 1913, focusing on building performance cars. They won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925 and 1927. The direction changed when E.L. Cord bought the company in 1926. The brothers stayed with the company and as Frederick was still in charge of engineering; Cord challenged him to design the highest quality, fastest, and most expensive automobiles in America. Throughout the world, Duesenbergs were enjoyed by royalty and millionaires.
    During Ray Dietrich’s career, from early years at Brewster & Co., to co-founding LeBaron Coachworks, and his design contributions at Chrysler he provided graceful coachwork for many Classics. Packard, Lincoln, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, and Isotta-Fraschini all benefitted from his distinctive work.

    The PV Concours will be preceded by a Road Rallye on Saturday, September 14, where drivers and passengers can take in the beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula while competing for prizes.

    The PV Concours is a 501(c)(3) charity event with proceeds benefitting the Palos Verdes Art Center’s educational and community outreach programs and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation charities, including Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.

    For more information please go to or call 1-866-522-7746. The media contact is Nissen Davis at or call 310-729-6510.

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