CAR SHOW: A Look at the 38th Concours d’Elegance of America

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The Concours d’Elegance events are easily some of the most diverse car shows in the world. For 2016, the legendary series made its annual stop in the Motor City – offering attendees a chance to see some of the most amazing vehicles in the history of the automobile dating back to the early 1900s.

If you attend a “normal” car show in the Metro Detroit area, the odds are good that 90% of the vehicles on display were built between 1955 and 1975, and there are equally strong odds that a similar percentage of those vehicles were built by General Motors, Ford Motor Company or the some iteration of the Chrysler Corporation.

However, the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s is unlike any show in the area, with far fewer vehicles and a much larger spread in vehicle types making this the most diverse show in Metro Detroit over the last 38 years.

In addition to the classic cars on display, awards are given for Concept Car of the Year (which this year went to the Buick Avista) and Concept Truck of the Year (awarded this time to the Volkswagen BUDD-e).

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Each year, the Concours d’Elegance of America selection committee assembles a group of what they consider to be the best examples of their chosen vehicle categories dating back to the dawn of the American auto industry.

In addition to inviting owners of incredible and rare collections to display at the Inn at St. John’s, the selection committee digs through hundreds of private entries, picking only the absolute best vehicles to fill the era-specific displays.

As a result, the Concours d’Elegance of America is essentially a collection of the most amazing examples of the most significant vehicles in the history of the American auto industry.

This year’s categories included sections devoted to the Duesenberg Model J, the Auburn Cord family, Rally Cars, Pro Stock Drag Cars from 1968 through 1970 and Jet Age Travel Trucks, along with more general categories such as Muscle Cars, Super Cars, European Classic, Post 1946 Motorcycles and American Post-War.

Even with threats of thunderstorms, there were hundreds of cars lining the golf course at St. John’s, and thousands of spectators poured in to enjoy what is arguably the most unique Motor City car show of the year.

While we can’t show you every vehicle on display – we have assembled a group of some of the coolest show cars, trucks and motorcycles we saw.

Wherever possible, we’ve included links to find a car from these brands with BestRide’s local search. Yep, we have some Dodge Super Bees in our listings, check ’em out.

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1996 Vector M12 Coupe

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1993 Jaguar XJ220

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1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000S By Bertone

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1942 Mercury Station Wagon Woodie

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1935 Hupmobile Aerodynamic Coupe

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1936 Packard 120-B Convertible

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A Collection of History Ford GT40 Race Cars and the 2017 Ford GT

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1967 International Harvester with an Era-Correct Airstream Trailer

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1960 Volkswagen SO-23 Camper by Westfalia

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1956 Powell Sport Wagon

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1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

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1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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1960 Aston Martin DB4

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A Collection of Muscle Cars, including a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS COPO

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The Pro Stock Drag Car Class

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1969 Pontiac GTO Judge and 1969 Dodge Super Bee

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1936 Cadillac V16 90 Aerodynamic 2-Door Coupe

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1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback and 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S

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1947 Harley Davidson Knucklehead and a Pair of Vintage Indian Motorcycles

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The Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Display

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1910 Stoddard-Daytona Model K 4-Passenger Tourer

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1907 Packard 30 Touring

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2015 Dodge Viper GTS and 2007 Bugatti Veyron

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1932 Lincoln KB Coupe by Dietrich

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1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500

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1990 Lancia Delta Integrale 4-Door

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1935 Auburn 851 and 1936 Auburn 852

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1965 Buick Riviera Grand Sport

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1987 Lancia 037 Rally Car

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1975 Lancia Stratos and 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Coupe

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The Duesenberg Model J Group

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A Pair of 2006 Ford GT Endurance Racers

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The Winners in the Muscle Car Class

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2016 McLaren 650S Spider

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LaFerrari and a Bugatti Veyron Coupe

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