Classic cars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes…and price ranges. Some of the most valuable collector cars could be found this weekend on the cliffs of the Palos Verdes peninsula at the 20th Annual PV Concours d’Elegance. Held at Trump National Golf Club, the show featured some of the world’s finest automobiles and motorcycles; including a beautiful collection of Jaguars and Ferraris, Monte Carlo tribute rally cars, post-war European luxury automobiles and a fine display of American muscle.
The stars of the show however came from French automakers. The theme for this year’s Concours was “French Curves,” and the fairways were littered with elegantly styled luxury automobiles from the “golden age” of custom coach building. Accompanying some of the top-of-mind manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye, were breathtaking automobiles from rarely seen companies such as Delage, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot Lago and Voisin.
With entries from two of the most notable collectors of this genre – the Mullin Automotive Museum and the Nethercutt Collection – we were treated to some splendid examples of French Art Deco design. Among our favorites were a 1937 Delahaye Type 135m Cabriolet, a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Teardrop Coupe, a 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne and a 1937 Talbot Lago T 150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe.
A few other interesting vehicles of note included a 1955 Citroen 11BL Traction Avant Monte Carlo Rally Car, a 1956 Ariel Square Four motorcycle with Garrard Sidecar and a pretty-in-pink 1957 Lincoln Premier Convertible just to name a few.