A showcase for modern hypercars, antique classics and much sculptured metal in between, the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, held October 28-30 on the pristine Wynn Las Vegas Golf Club grounds, was a major celebration of automotive technology and design artistry.
With 15 judged classes and 230 automobiles representing the past, present and future, Saturday’s main exhibition awarded two exemplary vehicles its most prestigious “Best of Show” honors in two categories, Pre- and Post-War.
The Pre-War show stopper was a 1933 Duesenberg “20 Grand”, presented by The Nethercutt Collection, an SJ Arlington Torpedo Sedan that was the factory show car for the “Century of Progress” at the 1933-1934 Chicago World’s Fair. The car was the hit of the Fair due to its color, styling and asking price of $20,000 at the peak of the Great Depression, hence its “20 Grand” nickname.
The Best of Show Post-War, meanwhile, was a 1951 Delahaye 235, presented by Peter and Merle Mullin of the Mullin Museum—a relatively exclusive sports car that combined both the luxury of pre-war handcraft with post-war technological innovation. Produced between 1951 and 1954 by French manufacturer Delahaye, this car was the fifth of a total of only 84 produced.
At a Friday pre-exhibition black-tie gala, several individuals from the automotive community were presented a Helene Award, including The Nethercutt Collection, Petersen Automotive Museum, Monica Zanetti (formerly of Ferrari), and Carroll Shelby (whose award was posthumously accepted by grandson Aaron Shelby). Saturday’s exhibition showcased autos from a wide variety of luxury manufacturers including Bugatti, Czinger, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. And the weekend concluded with a motorcade down the Las Vegas Strip, the Tour d’Elegance featuring appearances by event grand marshal and car enthusiast Jay Leno.
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