Unique Delage takes best of show at Kentucky concours

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 A 1937 Delage D8 120 SS Aerodynamic Coupé scooped Best In Show at the annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance in Kentucky.

The French short-chassis coupé with Letourneur et Marchand bodywork – owned by the Patterson Collection and the only one known to exist – was also named best in its class, Coach-built Classics, at the end of July.

"The Delage was celebrated for its elegance when it was new, and it's still an exquisite piece of rolling sculpture all these years later," said Tom Jones, Keeneland Concours co-chair.

The Iaccoca Award, in honour of Lee Iacocca, considered one of the fathers of the Ford Mustang, was given to Mike Scanlon.

This year's Concours also featured the Ford Mustang, pre-empting the 50th anniversary of the model in 2014. Star cars included Bill and Chris Snyder's Vince Gardner-designed two-seater Mustang fastback prototype (above) and one of 50 1964 Mustang Indianapolis 500 pace car replicas known to survive (below). 

Hundreds of Mustangs flocked to the grounds, and a 1967 Shelby American GT500 Convertible won the Junior Judges Award while a 1965 Mustang Convertible won the People's Choice Award.

The Children's Choice Award, chosen by children representing Kentucky Children's Hospital, went to a 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster.

More pictures

With bodywork by Glaser of Dresden, this Steyr 220 Special Roadster was the factory’s entry for the 1938 Berlin Auto Show.

Ingrid Ives’ 1909 Buick Model 10 makes an exceptional subject.

This 1965 Shelby GT 350R was brought by Bob and Joe Dockery.

The 1965 Peel P-50 is the smallest car ever manufactured.

The Lane Museum’s Autonacional Biscuter 100.

Photos (except main image): Mike Barton

 

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