“Mormon Meteor” and Isotta-Fraschini win at Cincinnati Concours

Photography by J.A. Ackley

A Pebble Beach Best of Show winner–the 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ “Mormon Meteor.” A vehicle owned by silent film star Marguerite Clark and aviation pioneer Harry Palmerston Williams–the 1928 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Boat-Tail Convertible Coupe. That’s just what won, but there were many more amazing vehicles present on the showfield at the 46th Annual Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance. What were some of our favorites? Scroll below.

1975 Buick Century
Presented by Alan and Joy Oldfield, Center Point, Iowa
Sure, they made 1800 of these, but how often do you see one this clean? This example is original, unrestored and has just 2300 miles. It won the Hagerty Drivers Foundation Award at the 2023 Detroit Concours. It also earned the Best Buick Award at the 2023 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Presented by Eric Meyer, Cincinnati, Ohio
This is a European spec model, with metric gauges and Euro-spec lights. However, it also possesses some unique options, such as a rear jump seat, passenger grab bar and tinted sun visors.

1960 Chevrolet Corvette
Presented by Michael & Tracie Capozzio, Chardon, Ohio
Chevrolet only offered Cascade Green for the Corvette in 1960, and this is one of 140 that carried it from the factory. Of those, only 65 came with white coves.

1997 Nissan Stagea 260RS
Presented by Ben Schwartz, Alexandria, Kentucky
What makes this JDM wagon special is that it was tuned by Autech, which made just 1734 examples. It’s all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and original.

1953 Nash Healey 2-Seat Coupe
Presented by Don Tharp, Indianapolis, Indiana
Of the 60 Pinanfarina-designed examples, this is the only one to receive a V8 from the factory, which it got in 1957. That 327-cubic-inch V8 puts out 255 horsepower. It won the Preservation Award at the 2021 Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance.

1967 Ghia 450/SS Spider
Presented by Wes & Karol Spryshak, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carrozzeria Ghia built 52 convertibles that were based on Plymouth Barracuda running gear. Of those, only six are known to still exist. This one appears in the first Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance in 1978.

1955 Siata 300 BC Convertible
Presented by Ellis Hubbard, Cleves, Ohio
You’re right that this is unrestored as it’s a 51-year-old barn find. It is one of just 10 convertibles made, and only six still exist.

1972 Ford RS2600 Werkes Race Car
Presented by Norm Murdock, Columbus, Ohio
Notable racers Sam Posey and Vern Schuppan drove this Ford with a 3400cc V6 producing 475 horsepower. It ran during the 1973 Trans Am Series season.

1928 Packard Jesse Vincent Speedster
Presented by America’s Packard Museum, Dayton, Ohio
This is a one-off demonstration car for Packard. Jesse Vincent, head of Packard Engineering, designed it. The Speedster achieved 129 mph on the Packard proving ground track.

1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC
Presented by Robert & Melanie Seyler, of Westlake, Ohio
This XK140 has remained in the same family since new. It still retains the original engine, chassis, gearbox and differential. It won Best of Class at the 2024 The Amelia Concours d’Elegance and 2023 Detroit Concours.

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider
Presented by Andy Manganaro, Xenia, Ohio
Alfa Romeo Duetto Spiders: Not very rare. However, this was the first car for noted collector Andy Manganaro. It has been driven more than 300,000 miles and is in its original, unrestored condition.

1958 Saab 93B
Presented by Greg & Tammy Hacker, Mason, Ohio
Only 15 examples of the Saab 93B remain in the U.S. This particular one still has its original floors, with some body repairs and a repaint in the original color.

1967 Gilbern Genie
Presented by Daniel and Lisa Davis, of West Chester, Ohio
What’s a Gilbert Genie? It was built from 1966 to 1969 by the Welsh auto company. This is just one of 2 cars in the U.S., and one of 40 extant of the 197 built.

2010 Dodge Viper ACR Convertible
Presented by Donald Dlesk Jr., West Chester, Ohio
This is No. 16 of 20 for the ACR convertibles made. A rare car, sure, but what makes it even more special is its provenance. Sylvester Stallone once owned it and left his signature on it, too.

1937 Hudson Terraplane Pickup
Presented by Lee Hughes, Cincinnati, Ohio
Many remember Hudson Motor Car Company for those fabulous Hudson Hornets during the early days of stock car racing, but how often do you see a pickup from the company’s Terraplane brand? According to the owner of this one, only a handful of pickups still exist.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider
Presented by Brad Jaeger, Cincinnati, Ohio
One of just 10 NART Spiders were built from 1967-’68. This example won Best of Show, Sport for the 2016 Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance.

1927 Duesenberg Model X Speedster
Presented by Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn, Indiana
Of the five Model X cars made, this is the only speedster. It served as a show car/prototype for the American manufacturer. The Speedster won the Jack O’Connor Trophy for the 2021 Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance.

1979 Ford Mustang Daytona Prototype
Presented by Dale Oakes, Dayton, Ohio
Of the three versions of the Daytona Mustang concept, this is the only one in private hands and roadworthy. It served as the pace car for the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1979.

1928 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Boat-Tail Convertible Coupe
Presented by Peter T. Boyle, Oil City, Pennsylvania
Aviation pioneer Harry Palmerston Williams and silent film star Marguerite Clark first owned this Isotta-Fraschini. It earned Best of Class for the 2016-’17 Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance. This year it won The William K. Victor Best of Show.

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ “Mormon Meteor”
Presented by The Auto Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
Duesenberg built this one-off car for speed, with a 1570-cubic-inch Curtiss V12 airplane engine putting out 750 horsepower. It earned numerous speed records, including the 24-hour average honor, with 157 mph. The “Mormon Meteor” won Best of Show for the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and The Roy O. Sweeney Best of Show Esprit de Sport at this year’s Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance.

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