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Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

June 23, 2011 10:03 ET

Rare Collectibles to Compete at Southern California's Premier Celebration of Automotive Elegance

DANA POINT, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 23, 2011) - The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance will offer patrons the opportunity to participate in Southern California's premier celebration of automotive excellence at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort from June 24-26, in Dana Point, Calif. The three-day event will offer a first-class automotive fine art exhibit displayed on the South Lawn Winner's Circle, the Private Collection Tour and more than 200 vintage motorcycles and pristine classic vehicles competing for Best in Show.

"With nearly three decades of experience, the 2011 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance will be the best event we've ever hosted," noted Dick Waitneight, chairman on the board of the Concours. "Through the years, we've celebrated our shared automotive heritage by honoring notable automobiles and their manufacturers. This year, we're not only introducing a live auction, but also hosting cars from distinguished collections across Southern California."

One of those crown jewels will be a stylish 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster. The rare Mercedes-Benz is one of 15 high door, long tail roadsters and has its original engine, drivetrain, chassis and body. The history of the car is well documented and it is one of four 540K special roadsters built with a left hand drive. Breathtakingly beautiful, the Mercedes-Benz catered to the market's most discriminating clientele of its time. According to author Jan Melin of "Mercedes-Benz 8: Supercharged 8-Cylinder Cars of the 1930s," "This [car] is one of the best and most perfect existing 540K Special Roadster[s]."

Crevier Classic Cars will exhibit two beautiful examples of fine European cars, including a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB 4/Cam and a 1959 AC Ace Bristol. The Ferrari features a five-speed transmission and 12-cylinders with six Weber carburetors. Generating up to 300 horsepower with a balance of 50/50, this is one of the best road cars built by Ferrari for long-distance trips. The appearance of the powerful 4/Cam with side vents, rear upswept spoiler and aggressive long nose styling is reminiscent of the Ferrari GTO.

Introduced in 1956, only 465 Ace Bristols were built. A dark blue '59 AC Bristol that will be displayed underwent a Concours-level, nut-and-bolt restoration. The Ace is equipped with a four-wheel independent suspension, top-specification D2 engine and overdrive, and sleek bodywork.

No event can feature legendary race cars without a few examples from the American icon, Carroll Shelby. A 1964 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra will sit on the green with its powerful 289 Ford small block engine and Toploader four-speed transmission. The striking red Cobra is ready to be pushed to the limit on any track in the world.

The 195th of 562 total 1965 Shelby GT350s will also compete for top awards. The Wimbledon White with Blue LeMans stripes car has its original 289 engine and four-speed transmission. Other Shelbys that will compete at the Concours include a 1966 Shelby GT350 H, '63 Shelby Cobra roadster and '66 Shelby GT350 coupe.

"Carroll Shelby is an automotive legend that set the bar for high performance in the automotive industry," added Waitneight. "These cars were built here in Southern California, which makes them especially meaningful."

Another vehicle built for racing is an extraordinary 1980 BMW M1. With only 10 of these accounted for in the U.S., the BMW M1 was built for speed. The mechanical fuel injected, six-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed transmission. A pro car race kit was added to the BMW by the current owner.

A 1952 Siata 300 BC Spyder will be the only Siata displayed on the green during the weekend. Originally imported to the U.S. as only the chassis, the Siata is an Italian race car. Supercharged, this Spyder comes with a four-cylinder Crosley engine mated to a four-speed transmission. The dark blue exterior with yellow nose makes this racer stand out among the rest.

To check out more exclusive classics, as well as the list of motorcycles at this year's Dana Point Concours d'Elegance, visit Patrons can still buy tickets to the exclusive Dana Point Concours Private Collection Tour or the 29th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance by clicking here (

About Dana Point Concours d'Elegance
The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance™ is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with excess proceeds supporting the Ocean Institute, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital and other Southern California youth charities. The event is operated primarily as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, with additional classes showcasing interesting and relevant automobiles. The Dana Point Concours™ organizing committee aspires to create a premier automotive event that showcases the rich Southern California automotive heritage. For more information, please visit

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