Cars from the Concours: 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Photo by Hans Marquez

This Rolls-Royce Phantom III started life in 1937 with a limousine body built by W.C. Atcherley. In 1947, Rolls-Royce Collector John Gaul had the car rebodied to this extravagant design by Freestone & Webb using a double skin of copper over steel for the fenders and adding many luxury Fittings. It became known to friends and family as “Gaul’s Copper Kettle.” During the late ’40s and early ’50s, the car was shown at many European concours and became famous throughout Rolls-Royce circles. The car was fully restored for its current owner, Don Williams, and in 2008 received a best in class award at Pebble Beach.

Photos by Hans Marquez

Enzo Ferrari died in August 1988, and that year, McLaren won 15 of 16 Formula 1 races. In the Italian Grand Prix at Monza held just four weeks after Enzo’s death, the McLaren of Ayrton Senna was in the lead ahead of the Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto. With to laps to go, Senna made a critical error and crashed. This left Berger and Alboreto to finish first and second in the first Italian Grand Prix after Enzo’s death. The tifosi swarmed the track and the cars, reinforcing the legend of Ferrari. This is the car that Gerhard Berger drove to victory on that fateful day.

Written by Brian Brawley

It’s a funny thing when you think about it. Not long ago, America was a new frontier, fresh and new, ripe for exploration. Americans literally threw their lives in the wind to entice their romantic, and frantic hunger for adventure. After America became one from coast to coast, we went to the sea, and even into space. It was an ever long endeavor to push humanity forward. After the invention of the automobile, adventure became more accessible to more people, and once again Americans took to fresh pavement to entertain their curiosity and drive to find meaning in life. Throughout the 20th century the Automobile was produced with many purposes and many flavors, but it always existed to adventure. To adventure form one place to another, carrying amazement and wonder. Time, unfortunately, is a cruel mistress and as we settled in our communities our boats stopped leaving port, spaceships never returned [...]

Photos by Hans Marquez

The Ghibli was Maserati’s answer to the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Beginning as a fastback coupe in April 1967 and joined by a spyder version in 1969, 1,274 Ghiblis were built from 1967 to 1973, with only 125 spyder models assembled. Out of those 125, only 25 had the SS option, with a larger 335 hp, 4.9-liter DOHC V8. Of the 25, approximately six were ordered with a factory hard top, this car being one of them. Presented in Russo Corsa with black leather interior and Borrani wire wheels, this rare Spyder SS has fewer than 25,000 miles and only three owners since new.

 

 

Written By Nicole James

Photos by Hans Marquez

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance stepped up for its second year, building on the strong success of its first 2014 event, and with the historic Arizona Biltmore again providing the stunning Art Deco backdrop inspired by Frank Loyd Write. The two Saturday seminars, one held by the Phoenix Automotive Press Association as an auction preview and the other hosted by Lyn St. James, Elegance at Speed racing-car design forum, were very well attended. Sunday’s attendance was a sellout for the 2015 Concours.

The beneficiary of the Arizona Concours, Make-A-Wish Arizona, raised more than $70,000 in donations.  The Arizona organization is the founding chapter of the national foundation that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization [...]

Written by Brian Brawley

The year was 1986. It was a cool Autumn evening as you drive with your friends down the freeway. Football season is in full bloom, and nothing matters more than playing that varsity game, except maybe asking your sweetheart Jenny to prom. With windows down and the cool wind against your brow, nothing else matters, it’s a night of wonder and amazement. Then in the mirror come lights. The only other car on the road blitzes by in an almost UFO-like fashion. You cannot help but notice as it passes, the sleek angles, the cutting edge wedge shape, the meaty box flares, and the whistle of forced induction. The warm orange pulse of its spaceship dials and indicators freshly burn into your retina. It is no car by conventional means, as the only words you can muster are “interstellar” as it melts into the horizon. As the taillights grow smaller, they [...]

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