Car formerly owned by Amelia Earhart wins Best in Show at Chattanooga

Photography credit: J.A. Ackley

This 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton took Best in Show in the Concours d’Elegance at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival on Sunday. Its biggest claim to fame? It was once owned by Amelia Earhart. Sadly, Earhart wouldn’t get a chance to enjoy it for long. She disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937.

The car now owned by Laura and Jack Boyd Smith is a beautiful example of the 1278 812s built for 1937. It is finished in its original color of Palm Beach Tan over red leather. Another interesting fact about this ride is that it represents the last front-wheel-drive vehicle built by an American manufacturer until the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.

 

2022 Concours d’Elegance Results

Ferrari Class: Grand Touring, presented by Ferrari of Atlanta – Craig Forbes

Ferrari Coordinator – Steve Ahlgrim & Ferrari Chief Judge – Chris Current

1. Outstanding in Class: Chuck Akre – 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

2. First in Class: John Gerhard – 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB

 

Ferrari Class: Competition Cars, presented by Ferrari of Atlanta – Craig Forbes

Ferrari Coordinator – Steve Ahlgrim & Ferrari Chief Judge – Chris Current

1. Outstanding in Class: Kevin Cogan – 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica

2. First in Class: Stephen Bruno – 1952 Ferrari 212 Pinin Farina Cabriolet

 

Ferrari Class–Super Cars

1. Outstanding in Class: Bruce Ellison – 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
2. First in Class: Kevin Cogan – 2003 Ferrari Enzo

 

Class 2: Prewar Special Interest, presented by Wayne Carini

1. Outstanding in Class: Chris Levan – 1937 Ford Sedan Delivery

2. First in Class: Mark Becker – 1936 Chrysler Airflow

 

Class 2A: Prewar American Classic, presented by Mike Haskew, Millennium Bank


Photography courtesy Chattanooga Motorcar Festival

1. Outstanding in Class: Greg Ornazian – 1929 Cord L-29

2. First in Class: Laura and Jack Boyd Smith – 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

 

Class 3: Prewar European Classic, presented by Tom Cotter

1. Outstanding in Class: Jon Dega – 1938 Lancia Astura Tipo 241

2. First in Class: Stephan Plaster – 1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A

 

Class 4: Vintage and Custom Motorcycles, presented by Somer Hooker


Photography courtesy Chattanooga Motorcar Festival

1. Outstanding in Class: Myke Schwartz – 1983 Suzuki Katana

2. First in Class: Mark Sepulveda – 1950 Rickman Matchless G9 Superclub

 

Class 5: Postwar American Special Interest, presented by Judy Stropus

1. Outstanding in Class: James Wagon – 1957 Cadillac Model 62 Convertible

2. First in Class: Kayo Erwin – 1960 Chevrolet Impala

 

Class 6: Postwar American Sports, presented by Ken Gross


Photography courtesy of Chattanooga Motorcar Festival

1. Outstanding in Class: Brad Bean – 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

2. First in Class: Kayo Erwin – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe

 

Class 7: Postwar European Special Interest, presented by Chip Foose

1. First in Class: John Shalhoub – 1947 Bentley Mark VI

 

Class 8: Postwar European Sports Early, presented by Mark Gillies

1. Outstanding in Class: Keith Bass – 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4

2. First in Class: Somer Hooker – 1964 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale

 

Class 9: Postwar European Sports Late, presented by Mark Gillies

1. First in Class: Daniel Carroll – 1979 Ferrari 308 GT4

 

Class 10: Postwar British Sports Cars, presented by Justin Bell

1. Outstanding in Class: William Kennedy – 1974 TVR 2500M

2. First in Class: James Harris – 1956 AC Bristol Ace

 

Class 11: American Muscle, presented by Linda Vaughn & Donnie Allison

1. Outstanding in Class: Keith Foust – 1967 Ford Shelby GT500

2. First in Class: Brian Dunham – 1972 Mustang Mach 1

 

Class 12: Viper, presented by Ken Gross

1. First in Class: Robert Hutcherson – 2009 Dodge Viper ACR

 

Class 13: RADwood, presented by Alain Galbraith, Hagerty

1. Outstanding in Class: Dale Whitney – 1983 Audi Quattro

2. First in Class: Allan Lyndon – 1984 Mercedes Benz 500 SEL AMG

 

Class 14: Porsche, presented by Lyn St. James

1. Outstanding in Class: John Truban – 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

2. First in Class: Charles Moore – 1956 Porsche 356A Cabriolet

 

Class 15: Mercedes, presented by Brian Redman

1. Outstanding in Class: Ralf Berthiez – 1975 Mercedes Benz 450 SL

2. First in Class: Thomas Zarella – 1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SE

 

People’s Choice

1. 1969 Dodge Daytona – Marty Robbins No. 42 Car Courtesy of Don Phillips

 

Timeless Elegance

1. Stephen Bruno – 1952 Ferrari 212 Pinin Farina Cabriolet

 

Best of Show

1. Laura and Jack Boyd Smith – 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

 

Chairman’s Award

1. Dick York

 

Hagerty Youth Awards

1. Dale Whitney – 1983 Audi Quattro
2. Keith Foust – 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
3. Vernon Lowe – 1930 Alfa 6C

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/17/22 11:54 a.m.

Very cool. Love hearing about cars with a good story to tell. 

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