Fifty-three years ago, the LaSalle II Roadster and the Chevrolet Biscayne were among the concepts that showcased General Motors’ vision of the future in its traveling Motorama. After the debut of this automotive eye candy, these cars were not only discarded but destroyed.
Throughout the 1950s, the General Motors Motorama took concept cars on tour to cities throughout the United States, inviting the public to enter the future by stepping through the doors of a GM automobile. After each cross-country show was concluded, these futuristic cars were relegated to the trash heap. In fact, since most of these vehicles had not been road tested, GM often ordered their total destruction to prevent legal problems.
General Motors will also be bringing nearly a dozen dream cars that the company itself has saved, and these cars will join the Bortz Collection and Motorama treasures owned by other collectors during the Concours’ celebration of the General Motors Centennial.
Lines from the 1955 LaSalle II Roadster can be found in such icons as the ’56 and ‘57 Corvette, while lines from the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne are visible in the 1960 Corvair.
The Motorama cars that will be appearing at Pebble Beach will be joined by a rare assortment of GM Woodies, Cadillac V-16s and GM-powered sports cars. Other featured marques for 2008 include Lancia and Lamborghini.
Carrozzeria Touring was founded 80 years ago, but in the past years they haven’t brought anything new. Anyway, the company is about to make a come back with the launch of the new Touring Superleggera Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Saturday April 26.
In the past, the latest Carrozzeria creations were likewise traditionally presented to the well-heeled public at the Concorso on the shores of Lake Como.
"Apart from the historic vehicles and concept cars at the Concorso, a special exhibition traditionally held at Villa Erba on the Sunday is dedicated to one outstanding designer or carmaker. This year, the exhibition looks back on the 80-year history of Italy’s Touring Superleggera coachbuilders. As well as a retrospective featuring cars from Touring’s heyday, visitors can expect to see a line-up of automobiles from the Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera. But the brand will not merely be presenting its past heritage at the Concorso: the future is to be unveiled as well. The coachbuilders promise to reveal a sports car with thoroughbred Touring DNA as a world premiere on the Sunday."
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the most significant of all events celebrating the mystique of vintage cars. Its focus is on design, originality, perfect preservation and the noble spirit that brings together the most important and beautiful cars from all over the world year by year in Cernobbio, in other words – the true historical value of the automobile. The 2008 edition will be held from 25 to 27 April 2008.
The first Ferrari ever built, Chassis Number 01C, will make its first-ever appearance in the western United States in Palm Springs at the inaugural Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance on March 1st. Set to be held on the historic O’Donnell Golf Club, "This is the first time in twenty years that this automobile has made a public appearance," said event organizer Paul Merrigan. "Ferrari has a unique history in Palm Springs, by recording its first western U.S. win here in 1951, and we’re bringing Ferrari excitement back to Palm Springs by displaying this rare race car - the first built by Ferrari!"
Event organizer, Paul Merrigan, a first-prize winner at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concous d’Elegance in 1998 in the Post-war GT Italian Coachwork Class, expects only the world’s finest automobiles to attend this event. The featured marque for the inaugural event is Maserati, with participants confirmed from Ferrari, Austin-Healey, Alfa Romeo clubs, as well as Maserati and Packard clubs, and the Classic Car Club of America.
It is the premier concours d’elegance of all time. It is one of the few places in which the truly fabulously rich can joust with one another in a fashion which actually benefits all of us. (OK, there is the New York Stock Exchange; but, really, it’s not the place for the fabulously, fabulously rich it once was. It’s just where investment bankers try to raise enough money to buy Chrysler. I mean, really, who cares? Anyway, there isn’t a car in this competition that costs less than a NYSE (...) More
The 13th annual Concours d’Elegance held at the Glenmoor Country Club at Canton, Ohio, near Akron, will be held on September 14th through 16th, and will spotlight Cadillac as the featured make. The poster for this year’s event depicts a 1936 Cadillac Aerodynamic Coupe parked on the lawn in front of the Club’s luxury 74 room hotel. The poster drips the lost elegance of the era. But the best part is both the car and the background are still around, and the car will be on display on the lawn (...) More
At the the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Ferrari P4/5 has been assigned the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award. The Award is the result of the public referendum among the 12 concept cars and prototypes on display at this event bringing automotive heritage spectacularly alive once again. The President of the Concorso, Karl Baumer and Jean-Marc Droulers, President Villa d’Este S.p.A, delivered the award to the P4/5 owner, the American collector James Glickenhaus, after the (...) More
Lake Como once again looks back on two glorious days under the banner of extraordinary automotive design. At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este held from 20 to 22 April, 53 classic cars spanning the period from 1919 to 1971 lined up in eight competition classes before the critical gaze of the jury as well as the public. Lorenzo Ramaciotti, President of the Jury, lauded this unique gathering of automotive works of art against the backdrop of the world-famous Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. It was (...) More