Stutz Bearcat scoops top award at Hilton Head Island

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A 1914 Stutz Bearcat has won ‘Best of Show’ at this year’s Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance in South Carolina, though its thunder was nearly stolen by an enchanting barnfind Porsche Speedster. 

Brian and Trish White’s stunning example fought off stiff competition for the top spot, with a 1956 Dodge Custom Royal belonging to Douglas Dressler being awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ trophy. 

A 1953 Maserati A6GCS which had travelled to the event from Georgetown, South Carolina was awarded the Paul Doerring Founders Award, established to honour Paul Doerring, one of the key founders of the event.

Causing almost as much of a stir was the sale of Auctions America’s incredible barnfind Porsche Speedster, which recently surfaced following 40 years hidden in a Chicago garage. The 1957 eaxample was the subject of fierce bidding and nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate to fetch a whopping $665,500. A 1967 AC Shelby 427 Cobra sold for $726,000, while a ’60 Maserati 3500GT made $222,750. 

“We again reached our maximum of exhibitors this year and encourage owners to submit as early as possible for next year’s event,” said the Festival’s president Carolyn Vanagel. “The world-class hospitality and facilities of our venue, The Port Royal Golf Club, along with our newest additions including the events at the Hilton Head Island Airport and events with publishes Keith Martin and Dutch Mandel have resulted in an even higher quality show field than in past years, and this year’s winners truly point to our growth and success.”

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