1937 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday 2020 – Report and Photos

The Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday 2020 was held January 26th at Mar-a-Lago, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. After cold and rainy conditions plagued last year’s event, the strong selection of American, Italian, French, British and German classics thankfully enjoyed a sunny Florida day for the last showcase of the larger Palm Beach Cavallino Classic.

The finale for the 2020 Cavallino Classic featured Classic Marques and the 110th anniversary of Alfa Romeo. Among the great selection of Alfa Romeo automobiles on display included the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider s/n 2211033 that won the Mille Miglia driven by Baconin Borzacchini and Amedeo Bignami, the 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 s/n 50007 ‘Don Lee Special’ and the stately 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni Cabriolet s/n 2311239.

In addition to the myriad of fantastic Ferraris and Alfa Romeos, other notable entrants included a 1948 Daimler DE36; 1967 Citroen DS 21 Cabriolet Usine by Chapron; 1940 Packard Super 8 Convertible Coupe; 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic; among others.

Best of Show at the 2020 Classic Sports Sunday Mar-a-Lago was awarded to the 1937 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky. Originally bodied by Carrosserie Hartmann of Switzerland for Philippe Barraud, the flamboyant Cadillac measures a whopping 22 feet in length and is powered by a 7.4-liter overhead-valve V-16 engine. The Series 90 previously won the Best in Class American Classic Open and Most Elegant Convertible awards at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Other winners at this year’s event included:

  • Finest Competition – 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 50007, Jennifer Taylor
  • Finest GT – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB ‘Tour de France’ Berlinetta 0909 GT, David MacNeil
  • Most Elegant – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena 0855 GT, Ed and Kimberly Montini
  • Most Unique – 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic 000043, Stephen and Kim Bruno
  • Ladies’ Choice – 1963 Ferrari 330 America 2+2 5009, Daniel and Shirley Butler
  • Gentlemen’s Choice – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Lehrman Collection
  • Personal Favorite – 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Prototype 0428 MD, Tom Peck

Similar to the Concorso d’Eleganza, photographer Michael DiPleco also documented the Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday 2020 with the following pictures from the lawns at Mar-a-Lago.

Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday 2020 – Photo Gallery (photos: Michael DiPleco)

 

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  1. Were there any TVR Griffith 400’s at the Classic? It’s one car that leaves Ferrari 250 GTO and LM’s, twelve cylinder machines, and so many others (AC Cobras?) in the dust! See 2017 and 2019, Graham Hill Trophy and 74 or 75th Members race on U-tube in Goodwood, England. Those are the cars people love for they show what they can do in the real world.

    Our hats are off to Jack Andrew Griffith for producing the 1964-67, Griffith 400’s. They are hands down beautiful cars with gorgeous curves, and, of course, that powerful Ford, Hi-Po,V/8, engine used in the 1964-65, Le Mans GT’s.