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Greenwich Concours d'Elegance:
The Ultimate Barn Find Astonishes Alongside Timeless Classic Automobiles


Walter P. Chrysler, in 1937, had a limousine custom built by LeBaron, for his wife, Della. The historic Chrysler's Chrysler will be unveiled in the condition in which it was found—the ultimate barn find—on June 2 and 3, at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, now in its 17th year. Location: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich Connecticut

1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car

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New York, New York (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

Walter P. Chrysler, in 1937, had a limousine custom built by LeBaron, for his wife, Della. At 19-feet 7-inches long, with an open chauffeur's compartment and finished in a glistening black, it was—and was meant to be—and imposing motor car. Unfortunately, Della died the following year and daughter Bernice inherited the car.

Time passed, the car changed hands, was kept in various places, and now, three-quarters of a century later, has come to light in—not exactly a barn—but the garage of the former William K. Vanderbilt estate in Centerport, Long Island. Noted-collector Howard Kroplick, the Chrysler's new owner, will unveil this historic car, in the condition in which it was found—the ultimate barn find—on June 2 and 3, at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, now in its 17th year.

Other cars on display range from an early Stanley steamer and turn of the century horseless carriages to the latest supercars. Grand classic cars include such rare models as a 1932 Stutz DV32 boattail speedster and a beautiful 1933 12-cylinder Packard Cabriolet-DeVille with coachwork by Fernandez-Darrin of Paris (both to be shown on Saturday). Also featured is a superb 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi.

Among the stunning cars in the show is one that stretches the very definition of vehicle to new lengths. A 1971 Tupolev, half-boat half-airplane, will be on display all weekend at the Greenwich Concours. This monstrous machine was specifically designed to skim across open water, marsh or Siberian tundra at speeds up to 90 mph to pick up cosmonauts who just returned from space.

The Greenwich Concours—considered one of the premier concours in the country—is as multifaceted as it is unique. Since its founding in 1996 it has perennially featured two separate concours back-to-back: Saturday's Greenwich Concours Americana features American cars from the early 1900s to the present, while Sunday's Greenwich Concours International is exclusively for imported sports, competition and touring cars, also from the early 1900s to the present.

Bonhams, the renowned London-based auction company, will hold an auction of rare and important collector cars and automobilia on Sunday, June 3.

Automobile Magazine is the Title Sponsor of the Greenwich Concours, and sister publications Motor Trend magazine and Motor Trend Classic are also involved.

AmeriCares, the highly regarded international relief organization that was ranked best by Money Magazine (less than 2% of the money they raise goes for overhead) is the charitable beneficiary of the Greenwich Concours.

In addition to classic Duesenbergs, Pierce-Arrows, Packards, Auburn Speedsters, V16 Cadillacs, Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwings, and popular American muscle cars, spectators also can check out the very latest offerings from the Concours' sponsor companies in a low-key, no-pressure setting. New cars to be displayed include Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Fisker, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce, plus Chubb Personal Insurance will be on hand to advise show goers on how to insure their valuable collector cars. And, because the Greenwich Concours is on a peninsula at the head of Greenwich Harbor, Sunseeker will be displaying one of their tempting luxury yachts, moored next to America II and Lionheart, former America’s Cup12-meter class yachts based at the Concours.

Greenwich Concours Basics:

The Greenwich Concours Americana and the Greenwich Concours International are open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, rain or shine. Tickets are bought on site, admission is $30 per day, or $45 for both days, and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free, and food service is available on-site.

The Concours is easy to access as it is immediately off Exit 3 of I-95 and within a block of the Metro North train station with service from New York and Boston. The Concours web site, http://www.greenwichconcours.com includes a map, driving directions, and contact information.

The Greenwich Concours is listed among the pages of the North American edition of the best-selling 1000 Places To See Before You Die!