its 27th anniversary in 2023, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, held annually in June in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in
Greenwich, Connecticut, attracts collectors
and afficionados to experience rare, custom, and exceptional motor cars.
We attended both days of the show, June 3-4, 2023, and are proud to bring you a
few of the spectacular highlights of the show, which we call "The Art and Style
of the Ride."
1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan
comes to the art and style of the ride, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
We bring you a sampling of some of the exquisite motorcars that we experienced
during the two days that we spent at the Greenwich Concours. Each of the
vehicles were lovingly preserved by their owners, and we always find the back
stories behind them to be every bit as interesting as the vehicles themselves.
Classics European Class
exceptional motorcars in this class are pure luxury.
Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan, owned by Tom Maoli, Greenwich, Connecticut. Bella Dea - Beautiful Goddess - describes this rare Floyd-Derham
Coachwork vehicle. Interesting to note about this Italian luxury automobile is
that only 950 were produced between the years 1924 until 1931. Film buffs may
remember Gloria Swanson's character Norma Desmond in the 1950 classic
film Sunset Boulevard had an Isotta Fraschini.
Ben Koly, M. S. Koly and Debra C. Argen
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25
Rolls-Royce 20/25, owned by M.S. Koly, Darien, Connecticut. Interesting to note about this lovingly maintained and restored exceptional
custom-built motorcar is that it was built in England for the Walter sisters,
who were singers in Vaudeville, and features two custom-designed makeup
compartments and two side mirrors so the sisters could touch-up their make-up.
Custom-designed makeup compartments
Swallow Sidecars SS 100, owned by Wayne Carini, Portland, Connecticut. This pre-war SS100 is regarded as one of the most beautiful sports
cars ever made. This vehicle was originally owned by NBC Today Show host
Dave Garroway and features a front plate that reads "GARROWAY SS 100."
1936 Swallow Sidecars SS 100
Rolls-Royce Phantom 3, owned by Manny Dragone, Orange, Connecticut. This is a special one-off design that was made for F. F. Brewster of
New Haven, Connecticut, and cost more than $30,000 at the time of purchase.
This 1 of 20 American-bodied Phantom 3 Rolls, is the most exotic American
Phantom ever built. Interesting to note that $30,000 in 1937 would be the
equivalent of $632,000 today.
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom 3
English Coupes Class
1954 MG TF
1954 MG TF,
owned by German and Lisa Garcia, White Plains, New York. Interesting to note about this special MG is that it was exported to
Rhodesia when new and is only 1 of 10 Mgs that have the right-hand drive
variation. This MG has been fully restored to factory specs.
Lisa Garcia - 1954 MG TF
1957 Dual-Ghia "One-off" Coupe
Dual-Ghia "One-off" Coupe, owned by Dr. Charles and Lisa Musto, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. The plaque displayed with rare beauty notes that it was a barn/garage
find that was in storage for many years and was never restored except for some 50-year-old
paint work. "Note the design similarities between this car and the 1954 Dodge
Fire Arrow in this class. The owner of the company that shipped and hauled
Chrysler Corporation cars to dealers and shows liked the design of the Fire
Arrow so much that he decided to produce his own cars and built 99 Dual Ghia
convertibles. This is the only coupe and is a historically significant piece of
(Rod & Customs) Class
1922 Ford Dump Truck
Dump Truck owned by Joseph S. Raia, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, painted fire engine red, was purchased by the Raia family in 1922 to
start their family business. The truck was preserved with a paintbrush between
1950-1990 and restored in 1990. This customized vehicle includes a silver skull
shift, exposed chrome pipes, and an unusual "mascot" hood ornament.
1922 Ford Dump Truck "mascot" hood ornament
Model 40 owned by Charles Padula, Grafton, Massachusetts, built his car 30 years ago in the traditional flame-painted hot-rod
style (black body with yellow, orange, and red flames). This car features a
full-fender three-window coupe, which he drag-raced locally and with GoodGuys
in Indy (Indianapolis, Indiana) for many years.
Charles Padula - 1934 Ford Model 40
Corvette Stingray owned by Joe Barra, Fishkill, New York, has owned the car for 41 years, which has undergone four color
changes before hitting the right eye-catching color combination of purple and
white, and features 24 gold plating.
Joe Barra - 1972 Chevy Corvette Stingray
reference some of the Car Classes at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2023 for
The Art and Style of the Ride, there were many other Classes and a plethora of
motorcars and motorcycles on display for attendees to enjoy.
Until next time, keep enjoying the
information on the next Greenwich Concours d'Elegance or other Hagerty
events, please visit the websites: www.greenwichconcours.com/event and www.Hagerty.com.
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
Greenwich residents Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom founded the Greenwich Concours
in 1996. Their passion to share world-class automobiles, coupled with the
heritage and community involvement of Greenwich, was the perfect foundation to
build on what is now considered one of the top five concours' in the world. Located
just 30 miles from the heart of New York City and overlooking the Long Island
Sound, the Greenwich Concours' backdrop is the beautiful Greenwich Harbor. It
is mere steps from the acclaimed Delamar Hotel and notable restaurants and
boutique shops on Greenwich Avenue. In keeping with truly historic tradition,
the Concours d'Elegance is a time for car lovers to celebrate the most
prestigious and artfully designed automobiles vying for top honors in various
has been an active sponsor and participant in the Greenwich Concours for many
years. The deep tradition of the Concours combined with Hagerty's mission to
save driving for future generations created an ideal opportunity for the
purchase of the event in 2019. As one of the great premier concours, Greenwich
is an exciting addition to Hagerty's vision of creating a global community of
car lovers through fun, shared experiences. "Outstanding events like the
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance get people excited about cars, and that's what
it's all about. That's how we're going to save driving and car culture for
future generations," says Hagerty CEO and Concours Chair McKeel Hagerty. While
placing an emphasis on continuing the Greenwich Concours tradition, Hagerty
also aims to increase opportunities for attendees to get their hands on the
wheel, strategically integrate the Greenwich community and enhance the overall
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