Last weekend’s 14th Annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance selected the 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Phaeton owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini, III of West Orange, New Jersey, as Best of Show, while the People’s Choice award was presented to the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster owned by Dr. Richard Workman of Rare Wheels Collection of Windermere, Florida.
The Chrysler was originally the personal car of renowned automotive designer Ralph Roberts, equipped to his order as a gift for his wife. It had previously been awarded Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 2014. The Mercedes was the winner of the popular vote by attendees at the show.
At the close of the day, the Paul Doerring Founders Award, honoring one of the event’s key contributing founders, was presented to the 1957 Ghia Dual-Ghia Convertible owned by David and Doreen Salzman of Jupiter, Florida.
The annual South Carolina gathering of collectors and enthusiasts is one of the fastest growing automotive lifestyle events in the country, and continues to expand its reach, doing so again with this year’s all-new new aviation event, the Flights & Fancy Gala and Aero Expo.
Joining this year’s festivities for the first time was Auctions America’s collector car sale, held at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa last Saturday. Nearly 100 blue-chip automobiles and select memorabilia were presented before a packed house, and preliminary results from the auction showed it exceeding $5 million in sales. Top seller was a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC that sold for $638,000. Official results from Auctions America’s debut Hilton Head Island sale are available online at www.auctionsamerica.com.
The 15th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for October 28 to November 6, 2016. For complete results or more information about the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, please visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.