Bugatti takes Best of Show at Palos Verdes concours

| 19 Sep 2012

The Nethercutt Collection's 1931 Bugatti Type 51 with Louis Dubos coachwork won Best of Show at the annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, California on 16 September.

It was an appropriate winner for an event that this year celebrated French Curves and had Peter and Merle Mullin as Grand Marshals.

The featured marque was Delahaye, but there was a wealth of Gallic deco beauty on show including cars by Chapron, Pourtout, Figoni et Falaschi, Franay and Letourneur et Marchand.

Preceded by a road rally, the 2012 concours boasted more than 200 classics.

Another of the major awards – Best Preservation – was scooped by Glenn Streeter's 1935 Cadillac 355D Convertible Coupe.

Other winners were:

Delahaye: 1935 Delahaye 138/135 Sport Coupe Des Alpes from Tom and Deb Kazamek

French Coachwork: 1931 Bugatti T51 Coupe by Dubos from Helen and Jack Nethercutt

American Classics, Open (1925-1948): 1933 Marmon two-door Convertible Coupe from Aaron and Valerie Weiss

American Classics, Closed (1925-1948): 1938 Pierce Arrow 1803 ED Limo from Hoyt Sullivan

Ford Model A: 1928 Ford Special Coupe from Bob Burdick

Pre-War Chevrolet (1912-1942): 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe from Alonso Guerrero

Utility Vehicles: 1911 Maxwell AB Fire Chief's Car from Chuck Richardson and Brian McEntee

Post-War French Touring: 1950 Talbot Lago T26 Record Chapron Coupe from Tom and Shannon Hartman

Post-War European Luxury: 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet from Rick Hadley

American Fins (1948-1960): 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible from Denny Grundy

Pony Cars (1964-1974): 1969 Chevrolet Z28 Camaro from Michael and Lisa Kellogg

American Muscle (1960-1972): 1970 Pontiac GTO 455 from Steve Herbert

Post-War European Sports (under 3 Litres): 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 750 from Chuck Schwartz

Jaguar Sports (1948-1960): 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster from Robert Huntington

Jaguar E-type (1961-1974): 1962 Jaguar E-type Roadster from Stephen and Julie Russell

Porsche 356: 1958 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Speedster from Nick Clemence

Porsche 900 Series: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS from Scott Hendry

Ferrari: 1966 Ferrari 275GTB from Mike Adams

Motorcycles: 1937 Nimbus Sport from Mark Christoffersen

Automotive Excellence Award: 1912 De Dion Bouton by Flandrau from Helen and Jack Nethercutt

Best Preservation Award: 1935 Cadillac 355D Convertible Coupe from Glenn Streeter

Motor Trend Classic Editor's Choice Award: 1964 Pontiac GTO 421 from Tenney Fairchild

Best Paint Finish Award: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300d Cabriolet D from Mercedes-Benz

Best Sports Car Award: 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster from Tony Vincent

Best Design Award: 1962 Jaguar E-type fhc from Tony D'Alessandro

Most Exciting Open Car Award: 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman from Tony Vincent

Most Elegant Award: 1937 Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi from Peter and Merle Mullin

Chairman's Award: 1928 LaSalle 303 Roadster from Richard Stanley

Best of Show: 1931 Bugatti Type 51 by Louis Dubos from Helen and Jack Nethercutt