Hispano Suiza scoops best of show at inaugural Arizona concours

| 15 Jan 2014

A 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Ville took best of show at the first Arizona Concours d’Elegance on Sunday (12 January).

Owner Donald Nichols from California discovered the derelict Kellner-bodied beauty in a Florida alleyway in 1970 and finally finished its restoration just two years ago. 

The Hispano topped the 75 cars at the Phoenix event, which was attended by more than 2000 people

Among the special awards presented during the Concours was for the car chosen by the Wish Kids, nine young people who are part of Make-A-Wish Arizona, which raised $24,000 from the concours.

Their prize went to Bill and Linda Pope's 1939 Bugatti T57C Galabier. Scroll to bottom for the full list of award winners

Organisers were so pleased with the debut event that they are already planning for the January 2015 event. Click here for more information

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Alan Travis of Phoenix demonstrates his 1905 Mitchell, oldest car in the concours

1938 Steyr 220 Roadster was Most Elegant Pre-War Car and won the Avant Garde class

1928 Isotta Fraschini being readied for judging

 2014 ward winners

Antique — 1907 Panhard et Lavassor T-3 (John Konwiser, Scottsdale, AZ)

Full classic American Open — 1934 Buick convertible coupe (Lee Gurvey, Scottsdale, AZ)

Full classic American Closed — 1934 Packard 1104 2/4 coupe (Sharon Briskman, Scottsdale, AZ)

Full Classic European — 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Ville (Donald Nichols, Lompoc, Calif) 

Pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentley — 1936 Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville (Jeffrey McKee, Phoenix)

100th Anniversary Maserati — 1937 Maserati 6 CM Grand Prix racer (Bill and Linda Pope, Paradise Valley, AZ),

Pre-war European Sports and Racing — 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3.5-liter (Philippe Reyns, Chandler, AZ)

Avant garde — 1938 Steyr 220 roadster (Peter Boyle, Oil City, PA),

Post-war Racing  — 1951 Schroeder/Stevens Indianapolis racer (Gary Schroeder, Burbank, CA)

Iconic post-war American — 1952 Hudson Hornet (Jon Andersen, Murray, UT),

Post-war Mercedes-Benz — 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster (Grant and Judy Beck, Scottsdale, AZ),

Post-war European Sports Cars — 1964 Ferrari Lusso (Tony Shooshani, Beverly Hills, CA),

Exotic — 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino (Pietro DiLeonardo, Glendale, AZ),

Post-war Preservation — 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (Todd Reeg, Scottsdale, AZ).

Special awards

Most Elegant Pre-War — 1938 Steyr 220 roadster (Peter Boyle, Oil City, PA)

Most Elegant Post-War — 1955 Maserati A6G Frua Spyder (Thomas Mittler Estate, Mishawaka, IN)

Honorary Judges Award — 1930 Packard 745 convertible Victoria (Steve Snyder, Orange, CA) and 1928 Bentley 4.5-liter Le Mans (Bennett Dorrance, Scottsdale, AZ)

Director’s Choice — 1907 Renault A1 35-45 (Alan Travis, Phoenix)

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West Distinguished Design — 1936 Delahaye 135 competition Cabriolet (Ken and Ann Smith, La Jolla, CA)

Historic Vehicle Association — 1924 Hispano-Suiza dual cowl sport phaeton (William Ingler, Scottsdale, AZ)

Photos: Bob Golfen