The fourth annual event will celebrate the craftsmanship of French coachbuilders such as Figoni & Falaschi, Saoutchik and Chapron, in addition to Italian designers such as Bertone, Zagato and Vignale. Cord automobiles will also be featured in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the last year these cars were produced as well as closed wheel sports racing cars.
Among the featured French automobiles will be a 1938 Talbot-Lago T 150 C SS “Goutte d’Eau” bodied by Figoni & Falaschi. Entered by the Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, this car was originally ordered by Woolf Barnato, a well-known 1930s playboy, race car driver and financier.
A headline Italian is the 1947 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet once owned by Argentinian first lady Eva Peron and her husband Juan. Currently part of the Classic Car Collection at the Academy of Art University, chassis number ‘021’ was the first 202 cabriolet produced by Cisitalia and the only one whose coachwork was designed and manufactured by famed Italian designer and coachbuilder Battista “Pinin” Farina.
Many new features have been added to the 2012 event, including three judged classes of vintage British motorcycles and a vintage military vehicle display. In connection with the focus on French and Italian design, fashion will also play a new role with the introduction of suggested dress attire for the Concours green including hats and gloves for women; madras and khakis slacks and blazers for men. Awards for “Best Hat,” “Best Ensemble,” “Best Dressed Couple” and “Best Period Ensemble” will be presented during the event.
Additional activities scheduled for the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance weekend include the Chairman’s Dinner on Friday, May 18th and the Tour d’Elegance on Saturday, May 19th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit marinsonomaconcours.org.
[Source: Marin Sonoma Concours; photo credit: Dennis Gray]