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Concours of America Finds Life After Meadowbrook

Bigger than ever, gathering highlights 100 years of Indy.

by on Aug.01, 2011

Best in Show Winners: a 1933 Dusenberg Model SJ owned by John D. Groendyke, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier owned by Arturo & Deborah Keller. Photo by Len Katz.

One of the nation’s largest historic car shows got off without a hitch over the weekend.  That might not seem like a story worth telling but for the fact that what had been known, for more than 30 years, as the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance made a major move this time, not only finding a new home but adding an assortment of new events – and nearly 50% more classic cars.

Renamed the Concours d’Elegance of America, the show abandoned its long-time venue at the old Meadowbrook estate, onetime home of auto pioneer Horace and Matilda Dodge.  Its new home is the Inn at St. John’s a former Catholic Church retreat  the far west edge of metro Detroit.  The move had many long-time fans – and some organizers – worried.  But the effort was rewarded by overflow attendance – never mind one of the best car collections the Concours has ever drawn.

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Spread out across the sprawling grounds of the Inn were more than 325 vehicles – including 30 rare Indy cars tracing the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500.  Organizers also expanded the traditional definition of a classic car show by luring in eight legendary drag racing funny cars.


Exner Chrysler “Thomas Special” fetches $780,000

Auction at Meadowbrook surprises auctioneer with price.

by on Jul.27, 2010

The successful bid was substantially over what the RM Catalog expected the car to bring.

Chrysler must be on a role.

First Sergio Marchionne indicates Chrysler succeeded in making a profit during the second quarter and then a 1952 Chrysler “Thomas Special” goes for $780,000 during some spirited bidding at the RM Auctions annual auction at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The successful bid was substantially over what the RM Catalog expected the car would fetch. The successful bid came in via phone, RM officials said.

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However, the Chrysler had a unique “provenance,” noted RM spokeswoman Amy Christie. It is one of the most stylistically important designs of in American automotive history.