From Nomination to ConcoursUSA Award Winner!
Pictured here:1938 Horch 853A Phaeton, nominated in 2016 by the late, Ed Schoenthaler.
In 2016 (the late) Ed Schoenthaler nominated his 1938 Horch 853 Phaeton to show at our 38th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America. It went on to be a Grand Award winner that year. There is still time to nominate your potential award winning vehicle. Nominations close FEBRUARY 28, 2021. Click on the link below to nominate your car today!
While there were about 400 model 853A’s produced, the automobile on display is one of only three phaetons and the only one still in existence. It was originally used by the German Luftwaffe as a parade vehicle. It was brought to the United States after World War II, purportedly by General Curtis LeMay. The current owners found it on a farm in Virginia. The car was complete with all its original parts and was drivable.
In 1899, August Horch founded the auto company that bore his name. He had formerly been a production manager for Karl Benz. In 1909, he founded a second auto company but since the Horch name was already registered, he used the name Audi. Audi is the Latin translation of horch which is the imperative of the German verb hören meaning “to hear.”
In 1932 Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer joined to form Auto Union. Horch introduced the 853A in 1937. It was built for the Autobahn and is powered by a five litre straight eight overhead valve engine. The engine produced 120 horsepower, 20 more than the 853 model. It weighs about 6,000 pounds and is capable of speeds of over 90 mph. It has eight forward speeds, achieved by use of a four speed transmission coupled with a two speed rear axle.
Our Car Selection Committee includes some of the BEST!
Pictured here: Bob Ashton, Managing Member MCACN, LLC and ConcoursUSA Car Selection member.
Our Concours Car Selection team members are some of the finest! For over 12 years, Bob Ashton has produced the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN), the world's largest all indoor specialty show devoted to Muscle Cars, dealer-built Supercars and Corvette. We are honored to have Bob as a member of our Car Selection team. For years he has been selecting the finest display of Muscle Car classes to grace a Concours field. We caught up with him to ask what we can expect for the 2021, "I have elected to spotlight the complete redesign of some of the most recognized Muscle Cars ever built, the ‘Transitions’ display will place ’70 and ’71 Muscle Machines side by side”. Ashton went on to say, it will be like “stepping back to a time when horsepower reigned supreme, with some of the rarest and most desirable 1970 and 1971 Muscle Cars.”
2021 Muscle Car Class '70-'71 Transitions
Pictured here:1970 Plymouth Superbird, Michael Fitzgerald - Mustang, OK.1970 Mercury Cyclone, Shane and Tammy Bryant - Taylor, SC.1970 Oldsmobile 442 - Chip and Debbie Jennings, Charlevoix, MI.
While some may argue what the first Muscle Car was, there is no disputing that 1970 and 1971 are the pinnacle years. This year, the Concours d’Elegance will step back 50 years with a celebration of horsepower and outrageous colors with two special displays.
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary, making the decision to expand to spotlight both years is a must. “Invitations were extended and accepted for some of the finest examples of 1970 model year Muscle for the 2020 event from the most revered names and brands” stated Bob Ashton, category coordinator. And of course, the plan was a follow up with 1971’s for 2021. Knowing the significance of both years and with the popularity of past Muscle Car groups, the Concours will proceed with the Class of 1970 group, featuring nearly 20 of the hottest and most colorful examples of Detroit’s finest. Hemi, LS6, Cobra Jet, Ram Air and a bevy of multiple carbureted cars will show what all the manufacturers had to offer. Read more...
Concours d'Elegance of America
at the Inn at St. John's - Plymouth, MI
Friday, July 23 - Sunday, July 25
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