A 1948 Packard Convertible Victoria by Vignale grabbed the headlines, chosen Best in Show at the 26th annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance hosted by Hagerty, the 2022 event marking a return to the event’s traditional June dates—a celebration of car culture on Saturday and concours tradition-honoring on Sunday.
With celebrated author, driver and entrepreneur Judy Stropus serving as the weekend Grand Marshal, Saturday’s Cars & Community presented by Griot’s Garage featured three entertaining seminars as well as Concours d’Lemons and RADwood displays. A range of hands-on activities—ride and drives, racing simulators, Hagerty Youth Programs and more—entertained enthusiasts and their families.
On Sunday, both domestic and international marques were celebrated at the 26th Annual Concours d’Elegance. This year’s concours classes included Alvis, Aston Martin DB, Cadillac Eldorado, Chrysler “Letter Cars,” Rolling Bones Hot Rods, Powered by America, Vignale-bodied cars and a vintage pickup truck class as well as BMW and BSA motorcycle classes.
A slate of expert judges, including a record number of judges under the age of 30, focused on design, style and elegance while selecting this year’s winners.
“We believe that there is a ‘language’ in hosting a concours – the cars, the setting, the people – and there’s no better time and place to do so than a spring Sunday along Greenwich harbor with fellow car lovers,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “The Packard selected as best in show embodies that spirit of that language – one that the judges recognized following significant deliberation. A very special thanks to all entrants, their teams and the winners.”
* The Best in Show trophy was awarded to the 1948 Packard Convertible Victoria, bodied by Italian coachbuilder Vignale and displayed by The Marano Collection from Garwood, New Jersey.
It’s a stunning machine with a proud legacy: Independent manufacturer Packard lacked the pre-war financial might of its competitors. To provide some added cachet to its lineup and invigorate sales, Packard commissioned seven concept cars including this one-off Convertible Victoria by Italian coachbuilder Vignale. While construction began in 1938, the car was hidden during World War II and the work not completed until 1948. The handsome aluminum body is mounted on a 1939 Packard 120 chassis and is powered by a 120 hp, 282 CID, straight-eight. Reinforcing its European heritage, gauges are marked in kilometers and the taillights came from Fiat. The hood, however, opens from both sides, just like a typical 1948 Packard. It was exhibited at prominent European auto salons in Packard’s effort to gain influence in the burgeoning European post-war market.
* For more about the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, click HERE.