For 40 years now, June has brought the most spectacular automobiles to the Tri-State. The region’s annual automotive celebration may have officially changed its name this year to the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance, but the spirit of excellence remains.

On Sunday, June 11, hundreds of the most outstanding vehicles in the region rolled into Ault Park (Concours 1). As this was the 40th anniversary of the local concours, in addition to the usual display of extraordinary classic and collector cars, the organizers brought back some of the winners from past events. These are the best of the past 40 years. This special theme was actually broken down into three categories for judging. There were pre-war cars, post war cars and then sports and racing cars.

Among the past pre-war winners on the lawn was this beautiful 1928 Auburn 8-88 Boattail Speedster (Concours 2) which was the Best in Show award in 2015, one year after it had undergone a full frame-off restoration. Accompanying the Auburn was a 2014 Best in Class winning 1932 Nash Model 1073 Convertible (Concours 3). This is one of only five surviving examples of approximately 120 produced.

Lured back was the Best in Show at the very first concours, a 1909 Buick Model 10 (Concours 4). Bookend that with a Best in Class from last year, a 1928 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Boattail Convertible Coupe (Concours 5) which was originally owned by aviation pioneer Harry Williams and his silent movie star wife Margueritte Clark (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0164244/). This featured category was rounded out with a 1938 Steyr 220 Galsser Cabriolet that was named Best in Show in 2013.

There were some equally remarkable cars in the post-war featured category including a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS SWB Cabriolet (Concours 6). This 2010 Best in Class winner was “dressed” by famed Italian designer Batista “Pinin” Farina and is one of only 63 examples of this beautiful car ever made. Another Best in Class rarity was this 1969 Dodge Coronet HEMI Super Bee (Concours 7) which is one of only 29 produced that year. This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe (Concours 8) was one of the last of the hand built Mercedes. It’s no wonder it won Best in Class in 2006.

Another Best in Class winner, this from 2015, was a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible (Concours 9). A 1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe (Concours 10) with fewer than 30,000 miles on the clock was a Best in Class winner in 2007. A 2005 Best in Class winner was this Czechoslovakian made 1947 Tatra T-87 (Concours 11). Another post-war Best in Class winner from last year was this 1969 Chevy Camaro Z-28 (Concours 12).

Matching the number of fantastic cars in the two other categories, the sport and racing group offered up more Best in Class treasures to behold. This 1957 Thunderbird (Concours 13) won in 2015 while this 1969 Lamborghini Miura S (Concours 14) won Best of Show in 2012. This 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta (Concours 15) actually raced at LeMans but lost its clutch and was forced to withdraw. It still won Best Featured Marque in 2011. A 1972 Datsun 240 Z (Concours 16) was a Best of Class winner in 2012.

Not all past winners were from the last century. This 2008 Tesla Roadster 1.5 (Concours 17) won in 2014. Compare that to a 1932 MG J2 Roadster (Concours 18) that won in 2012 or even this 1967 Ghia 450 SS/Spyder (Concours 18). The Ghia is number 34 of the 52 built and one of only six known to still exist. Another rare example from this category is this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S Spyder (Concours 19), one of only 10 built for the North American Racing Team.

Just because a car hadn’t been awarded in a previous concours doesn’t diminish its importance. Every car on the Ault Park field for this year’s event should rightly be called one of the best. A perfect example of this is this 1963 Studebaker Avanti (Concours 20). Not only was the Avanti one of the most ground-breaking vehicles ever manufactured, this particular example was named Best in Show at the National Avanti Owners International Association meet. Basically, this is the best Avanti representative there is.

This 1954 Hudson Italia Coupe (Concours 21) is another example of the best of the best. One of only 26 built, this Hudson was a true loss leader as it cost $28,000 to build but sported a sticker price of only $4800.

One of the more notorious and famous cars on the lawn for the concours was this 1948 Tucker Torpedo Sedan (Concours 22). While Tucker built 51 of these cars there were eight left incomplete when the factory was shuttered. These were all eventually completed using spare parts. In fact, this very car was the last of those to be built.

Some more gorgeous cars from this year’s event included this 1934 Bentley 3 ½ Liter Drophead Coupe (Concours 23), a 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe Figoni Et Falaschi (Concours 24), and a 1916 Buick D44 Roadster (Concours 25).

Indeed, every car on the field of this year’s Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance was worthy of the title “best of.” They were all fitting models for this 40th anniversary celebration.

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