Greenwich Concours draws local collectors

Greenwich car collector Henry Miller will show his rare 1947 Cisitalia 202 SC Spyder Vignale Cabriolet at the Greenwich Concours International on Sunday, June 5. Industrialist and amateur racer Piero Dusio’s Turin, Italy-based conglomerate, Consorzio Industriale Sportivo Italia (acronym Cisitalia), introduced their single-seat, Fiat engine-powered, D46 Grand Prix racer in 1946. They soon after launched the 202 two-seater sports car, which legendary driver Tazio Nuvolari steered to a second place win in the 1947 Mille Miglia. Skilled coachbuilders such as Vignale, Colli, Pinin Farina, Stabilimenti Farina and Garella were charged with designing bodies for the approximately 100 coupes and 60 cabriolets built between 1947-1952. This car originated in Italy, taken to Argentina by Dusio who emigrated there, imported to Miami and then found its home in Connecticut where it just completed a full restoration by Automotive Restorations, Inc., Stratford.

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 20th anniversary with three days of programs June 3-5. Concours Americana is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 and Concours International for Sunday, June 5, both from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich. More than 100 automobiles and motorcycles spanning more than 100 years will grace the show field each day, including displays of The Best of the Best, top award-winning cars from the Concours’ first 20 years.

Saturday’s Concours Americana will showcase Ford performance cars to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford’s victory at Le Mans and Sunday’s Concours International will feature historic BMWs to honor the company’s 100th anniversary. A Grand Tour of Concours vehicles on Friday, June 3 will culminate in a 4 p.m. parade down Greenwich Avenue. For more information and to purchase discounted tickets in advance, visit greenwichconcours.com.

Young motoring enthusiasts are invited to be Hagerty Youth Judges, both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Sign up at the Concours front entrance ticket booth. Children ages 8-14 will view a selection of cars at the show, meeting with owners, selecting their favorites and presenting award trophies.

Headlining Saturday’s Concours Americana is James Glickenhaus’ 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that captured Fourth Place at Le Mans that year piloted by Mark Donohue and Bruce McLaren. This powerhouse car retains its original engine, gearbox and chassis plate and has been repainted in its Le Mans racing yellow. The GT40 is the Ford that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966, sweeping First, Second and Third places. Ford returned in 1967 with a modified model to resume its campaign to dominate the prestigious endurance competition, which it did through 1969.

A star in Sunday’s Concours International lineup is a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet that shone on the Pininfarina stand at the Geneva car show of the same year. The most custom of all of the 400 Cabriolets, this car shines again as the Greenwich Concours’ 2016 poster and program cover car.

duPont REGISTRY and the Greenwich Concours are partnering for a festive party on Saturday, June 4, from 7-11 p.m., at l’escale restaurant at the Delamar Hotel, on Greenwich Harbor across from the Concours site. A buffet, open bar, yachts and a silent auction will be featured. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at $150 each. Proceeds benefit AmeriCares, the Greenwich Concours beneficiary; greenwichconcours.com/entrants/saturday-night-gala.

Bonhams will host its ninth annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on Sunday, June 5, at noon. Viewings are on Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 9-noon. A Concours ticket and purchase of a Bonhams sale catalog are required for admission to the Sunday auction. Further details may be found at bonhams.com/Greenwich.

About the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, one of the premier such events in the United States, spotlights the design, elegance and performance of automobiles, motorcycles and boats during its three days of programs, June 3-5, 2016. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Greenwich Concours Americana is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 and the Greenwich Concours International for Sunday, June 5 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich. The Grand Tour of Concours vehicles on Friday, June 3 culminates in a 4 p.m. parade down Greenwich Avenue. The Greenwich Concours supports its beneficiary, AmeriCares, an international relief organization. Visit greenwichconcours.com for additional information.

A rare 1947 Cisitalia 202 SC Spyder Vignale Cabriolet from the collection of Henry Miller of Greenwich will shine at the Greenwich Concours International on Sunday, June 5 — Photo by Max Itin.

A rare 1947 Cisitalia 202 SC Spyder Vignale Cabriolet from the collection of Henry Miller of Greenwich will shine at the Greenwich Concours International on Sunday, June 5 — Photo by Max Itin.

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