Russo and Steele 2014: World Premiere

We first (re-)discovered the 1957 Lincoln Premiere when we stumbled upon three carcasses in Miami AZ. Before then, Lincolns older than 1960 just didn’t register.  Now you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one, or so it almost seems.  We saw the Barrett Jackson convertible.  Not to be outdone, Russo and Steele checks in with a Coco Chanel hardtop.

1957 Lincoln Premiere

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Barrett Jackson 2014: The Premiere

What a difference a garage and some TLC makes.  Instead of a carcass, you get a grand dame.
1957 Lincoln PremiereLot No. 730

Here is a fantastic find, a 1957 Lincoln Premier [sic.] convertible. This is a true hidden garage find from right here in Glendale, AZ. It was parked over 20 years ago in a garage. It has been gone through mechanically. It is currently in excellent running and driving condition with brand new white wall tires. It has its original leather interior. It is powered by the 368/300hp engine with an automatic. This car is very rare as it is one of only 3,676 produced. An amazing 1950s classic available to the public for the first time in over 40 years.

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Inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance begins Auction Week on January 12

1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent 'dry run' site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)
1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent ‘dry run’ site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)
PHOENIX – The manicured lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort will be the setting on Sunday, January 12, for an exceptional new event, the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which gathers a collection of 77 superb vintage automobiles for a high-end show and competition.While much of the nation freezes under record-cold weather, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s to low 70s when the Arizona Concours d’Elegance leads off the famous annual week of collector-car auctions in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Such a premium annual event has long been envisioned by auto enthusiasts in the Valley as a focal point for auction week, with six major collector-car sales taking place.

The oldest entry in the Arizona Concours is a 1905 Mitchell D-4 Runabout, and the youngest is a 1975 Lamborghini Countach. The honored marques for the first year are American luxury brand Packard and Maserati, the Italian sports and racing brand that commemorates its 100th anniversary during 2014.

The Arizona Concours begins at 8:30 am on Sunday, January 12, with the awards ceremonies starting at 2 pm. The Concours is open to the public with tickets available atwww.arizonaconcours.com or at the Biltmore on the day of the event. As a special feature, the Arizona Concours will be shown live in a web cast on www.arizonaconcours.com starting at 11 a.m.

Modeled after such great concours as Pebble Beach in California and Villa d’Este in Italy, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance brings together the rare and valuable automobiles to compete in classes that range from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. Concours d’Elegance translates from French as “competition of elegance.”

Top concours judges will pore over each entry to pick the class winners as well as the coveted Best of Show. John Carlson, one of the nation’s most acclaimed concours judges, will preside as chief judge. The trophies were designed by acclaimed Arizona painter and sculptor Ed Mell, who created them from a 1930s-vintage art deco toy car. They are being cast at Bollinger Atelier, a foundry in Tempe.

The beautiful automobiles will be displayed in an intimate setting within the art deco elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore. Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Marketand American Car Collector magazines, will serve as emcee for the Arizona Concours.
Proceeds from the Arizona Concours benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. 
Details:
  • The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday, January 12, the start of collector-car auction week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
  • The Concours d’Elegance, held at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel in Phoenix, opens to the public starting at 8:30 am
  • The 77 select automobiles will be displayed and judged on the inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore.
  • Tickets for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance are now available at www.arizonaconcours.com.
  • Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona.

For more information, see www.arizonaconcours.com.