Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours

| 12 Dec 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours

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A 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Piccadilly Roadster, owned by Guy Lewis, scooped the Best of Show gong at the first Palm Beach Concours on 8 December.

The event added yet more expensive names to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, as Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari mingled with Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton, a catwalk of cars lining this street of fashion royalty.

Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Clockwise from top left: prize-winning 190SL; decorated F40; Auburn 851SC Speedster; Best of England DB5

Some beautiful examples of the Mercedes 300SLs – one of which was named Best European – sat beside Pagodas and other SLs, while modern Ferraris met their earlier cousins, including numerous Dinos, Daytonas and F40s, and a 275GTB.

A 1992 F40 was deemed best of all the Prancing Horses, taking home the Ferrari Award, while a 1970 Dino took home the Ferrari Pre-1990 accolade.

Best of Italy went the way of a 1975 Lamborghini Urraco P250, and an Aston Martin DB5 won the ‘England’ prize.

Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Classic & Sports Car – Rolls-Royce tops inaugural Palm Beach Concours
Clockwise from top left: France’s best; Pre-War American victor; Bell’s racing Porsche; the choice of the people

Local-living Le Mans legend Derek Bell was on hand to sign autographs, and was reunited with the Löwenbräu-liveried Porsche 962 he shared with Al Holbert.

Wayne Carini – the host of American show Chasing Classic Cars – was the event’s guest of honour. Bell’s pick of the show was the 1975 Ferrari 275GTB, while Carini opted for an Aston Martin DB4GT.

The assembled guests chose the vibrantly coloured 1962 Chevrolet Corvette for the People’s Choice Award, and a 1959 Cadillac DeVille claimed the Palm Beach Concours Award.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best of Show 1925 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly
  • Best of Italy 1975 Lamborghini Urraco P250 
  • Best of England 1964 Aston Martin DB5
  • Best of Germany 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
  • Best of USA 1935 Auburn 851SC Speedster
  • Best of France 1939 Bugatti Type 57C
  • Pre-War European 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward
  • Pre-War American 1941 Packard Victoria Convertible
  • Post-War European 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 1 HJ Mulliner
  • Post-War American 1948 Chrysler Town & Country
  • Best European 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
  • Ferrari Pre-1990 1970 Ferrari Dino 246GT L
  • Ferrari Post-1990 2003 Ferrari Enzo
  • People’s Choice Award 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Wayne Carini Award 1959 Astron Martin DB4
  • Derek Bell Award 1966 Ferrari 275GTB
  • Hypercar Award 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Supercar Award 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV
  • Ferrari Award 1992 Ferrari F40
  • Palm Beach Concours Award 1959 Cadillac DeVille

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