7 coolest cars from Greenwich Concours 2019

1967 Dino 206 Competizione.

1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL.

Ferrari 330.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 220.

1924 Bentley Open Tourer.

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spider.

1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre.

1935 Bentley Sport Saloon.

1935 Triumph Southern Cross.

1952 Porsche 356.

1949 Healey Silverstone.

1954 Ferrari 342 America.

1954 Arnolt-Bristol cabriolet.

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Deluxe.

1954 Jaguar XK 120SE.

1954 Jaguar XK120.

1955 Bentley R-Type Continental.

1957 Porsche Speedster.

1957 Porsche Carrera Speedster.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France.

1959 Porsche 356 Cabriolet.

1959 Porsche Carrera cabriolet.

1960 Lotus Elite.

1961 Facel-Vega Excellence.

1959 Jaguar XK150S Roadster.

1961 BMW Isetta 300.

1962 Bentley Continental S2.

1961 Bentley Continental S2.

1962 Morgan Plus 4.

1963 Porsche 356 Sunroof.

1965 Aston Martin DB5.

1965 Saab Sonett.

1965 Maserati Sebring Coupe.

1967 Ferrari 330 GT.

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I.

1970 Maserati Ghibli.

1967 Porsche 911 Targa.

1970 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato.

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo.

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL.

1980 BMW M1.

1983 Puma GTC.

1985 BMW M635CSi.

1991 BMW 850i.

1991 Porsche 911 RS America.

1955 Triumph TR3.

Last weekend Greenwich Concours once again welcomed a diverse selection of American cars on Saturday and foreign cars on Sunday, giving the spotlight to cars styled by Zagato on both days. The concours, long the Northeast’s most significant, also hosted the Bonhams auction, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors from New York City and New England over the course of two days.

At the end of the day on Saturday, a 1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight Mayfair took the best in show award for Elegance, while a 1912 National Speed Car of James Grundy took the award for Sport. Sunday’s Concours Europa saw a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spider take the award for best in show in Sport, while a 1936 Delahaye Competition Disappearing Top captured the Elegance trophy.

Of course, the concours is about more than what (prewar) car collects a trophy. It’s about getting tens of thousands to see rare machines in a garden setting, and Greenwich has been consistently delivering just that.

Below are seven cars that caught our eye this year, in no particular order. These were not the most expensive or flashiest pieces of vintage machinery, but a representative selection of classic cars one could see at the concours. The gallery for some of the cars that appeared during Sunday’s Concours Europa is above, while the gallery for Concours Americana is down below.

 

1983 Puma GTC.

1. 1983 Puma GTC

Brazilian automakers are not well represented at concours events in the U.S., but if you have a chance to see one of their cars, odds are it’s going to be a Puma GTC. As you may have guessed by now, even if you haven’t seen one of these, it’s powered by a Volkswagen engine paired with a four-speed transmission. The fiberglass-bodied Puma was built in coupe and convertible form, and if it had been sold in the U.S. in greater numbers back in the 1980s — a few were imported and federalized — it would probably be confused for an Alfa Romeo Spider on a daily basis, we would imagine, especially in cabriolet form and in a red color.

 

1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Zagato.

2. 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Zagato

Greenwich Concours marked 100 years of Zagato with an impressive display of cars styled by the carrozzeria, ranging from Porsche to Aston Martin, but one of the rarest (and greenest) Zagato cars on display this year was the Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint. Just 107 examples of this model were produced between 1965 and 1967, making it one of the rarer Zagato-bodied cars. Concours events and auctions are just about the only places to encounter one of these 165-hp coupes, out of the ones that have survived. This example was the only time in the past 10 years that this model has appeared in Greenwich — two of them showed up this year — which represents more than 2 percent of the current population.

 

1954 Ferrari 342 America Coupe.

3. 1954 Ferrari 342 America Coupe

If this small green coupe does not ring a bell, that’s because it’s one of just three examples bodied by Pininfarina out of a total of six chassis built. Powered by a Lampredi 4.1-liter V12 paired with a four-speed transmission, this car belongs to the greater 340 family of road cars built by Ferrari to finance its racing operations, and built in various bodystyles. These early Ferraris are valued by collectors but they often were not the most exhilarating cars, and even today their values can be surprisingly low compared to more competition-oriented Ferrari cars produced just a decade later. One of these sold for $632,000 in 2012, to give you an idea of where their values once were just a short while ago. That’s not a lot for a one-of-three-produced Ferraris by Pininfarina. For another perspective, it would take a lot more than $632,000 to get Pininfarina to clothe a brand new Ferrari chassis today.

 

4. 1967 Dino 206 Competizione Prototipo

Even though Greenwich put the spotlight on Zagato cars this year, one of the show stealers was arguably the Dino prototype. Styled by Paolo Martin, the Dino 206 is powered by a version of a Vittorio Jano-designed V6 engine from one of the three race-prepped Dinos that raced at Le Mans in 1966. (We’ll say this again: This Dino 206 is powered by an engine taken from one of the three racing Dinos that actually raced at Le Mans in 1966.) The car was exhibited at the 1967 Frankfurt auto show and stayed in Pininfarina ownership until very recently; it’s still on its first private owner, as Pininfarina sold it to James Glickenhaus.

 

1961 Facel Vega Excellence.

5. 1961 Facel Vega Excellence

With a name like Excellence, this sedan had a lot to live up to. First shown in Paris in 1964, this long sedan kept most of the styling of the earlier cars like the Facel II, but added suicide doors and a longer wheelbase. Powered by a choice of beefy Chrysler Hemi V8 engines, the Excellence was easily one of the largest European sedans of the time, but it was all hand-made and these were by no means commonplace at any point in time. In fact, production amounted to just a few dozen cars per year. A total of 156 cars were produced over a seven-year timespan, largely owing to a steep price alongside the top British marques. The Excellence often gets credit for mixing European and American styling, the latter exemplified by tail fins that foreign cars had mostly avoided.

 

1957 Nash Ambassador.

6. 1957 Nash Ambassador

Hailing from the last model year of the Ambassador, this V8-engined sedan was Nash’s flagship in the 1950s and received quite a few changes to its basic looks as the years rolled by. These cars featured a number of unique styling features that set them apart from other American cars of the time, but the biggest difference, of course, was the aerodynamic design with covered rear (and sometimes front) wheel arches. An AMC V8 provided the power in this car, but sales dipped enough during the final model year for the Ambassador to be phased out. Later cars that used the Ambassador name were very conventionally styled, making this one of the last big aerodynamic Nash cars that were the company’s trademark look.

 

1961 Lincoln Continental Four door convertible.

7. 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible

The Continental is nothing short of a legend of 1960s design, and it’s a car that works well in a variety of colors, which is rare for a large sedan or convertible. Boasting suicide doors, the Continental was produced with a few changes from 1959 till 1969 without losing its signature look — rare for a car in the ’60s when styling could change rapidly from year to year. Designed by Elwood Engel, the Continental is still one of the most recognizable American cars of the decade, and its styling has come to be respected even more in the last couple of decades — once again rare for a car from the era. The Continental also remains relatively affordable if in driving condition — this example was certainly far above that, wearing polished details along with the requisite white-wall tires.

 

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide.

1910 Rambler 55.

1959 Buick Electra.

1921 Milburn Light Electric 27L.

1931 Franklin Convertible.

1934 Packard 1104.

1935 Chrysler Airstream.

1937 Graham 116.

1935 LaSalle Series 50.

1941 Hupmobile Skylark.

1949 Cadillac Series 62.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado.

1954 Kaiser Darrin.

1955 Mercury Montclair.

1957 Nash Ambassador Country Club.

1958 Chevrolet Corvette.

1960 Lincoln Continental.

1960 Imperial Crown.

1962 Ghia L6.4.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette.

1964 Buick Riviera.

1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Zagato.

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.

1967 Pontiac GTO.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396.

1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds.

1968 Shelby GT500 KR.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

1970 Dodge Challenger T/A.

1970 Dodge Dart Swinger.

1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

































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