Greenwich to Feature Vignale, Chrysler Letter Cars

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With Greenwich Concours just a few weeks away from its second weekend under Hagerty, classics in the northeast are getting ready for a return to the seaside park that has been home to the concours for over 25 years. The three-day series of events will see Radwood and Concours d'Lemons on Saturday, after a tour for concours cars on Friday, June 3, with the main event scheduled for Sunday, June 5, with foreign and domestic cars on display.

"Our goal is to include additional elements that together create a three-day motoring celebration with something for everyone. Providing on-ramps for even more enthusiasts is key to preserving car culture for future generations," said Matt Orendac, vice chairman of Concours Group.

The concours recently revealed that classes this year will include Vignale-bodied cars, a number of which we've seen at Greenwich in the past few years, including those from Ferrari.

As the concours organizers note, Vignale designs can range from radical to rather conservative—the spectrum is perhaps wider than for Carrozzeria Zagato—and they also span a greater variety of marques, from Tatra to Cunningham. Just a few years ago, Greenwich Concours hosted a gathering of Briggs Cunningham cars, with a total of 35 gathering for the weekend, so it's a safe bet we'll see one or more at the concours this June.

When it comes to this celebrated carrozzeria, concours organizers say a display of Vignale-bodied Ferraris will be part of Sunday's event, which suggests we could once again see the 1965 Ferrari 330 GT shooting brake (pictured below) at the event, as we did in 2018. The radically restyled three-door was certainly hard to miss at Greenwich four years ago when a number of Vignale cars were on display, and it will be hard to miss if it returns to the concours this year as well.

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Of course, Vignale contributed its talents to plenty of other Ferrari designs, if the shooting brake isn't your cup of espresso.

Another class at Greenwich will celebrate Chrysler "letter" cars—another popular category that had been shown at the concours in the past.

"Built by the US manufacturer for more than a decade, this line of high-performance personal luxury coupes began in 1955 with the C-300 and were powered initially by Chrysler’s legendary 300-horsepower, 331-cu.in. hemi V8," the concours organizers note. "From the mid-1950s into the early sixties they were advertised as 'America’s Most Powerful Car.'"

Another class at Greenwich will features cars "Powered by America," including what were called "hybrids" at the time: European cars with burly American V8s. The concours featured this category about a decade ago, and it has proven to be a popular class with plenty of concours frequent fliers turning out.

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Vintage SUVs, which we saw during last fall's October preview in Greenwich, is another class to watch next month. That's right: Classic SUVs are now valuable enough to receive concours restorations and six-figure bids at the country's top auctions, so this is a category we expect to see with some regularity in future.

If it sounds like the 2022 concours will be a "greatest hits" album, you're not the only one to get this impression. The number of enthusiasts who turned out for last October's appetizer concours points to a blockbuster event this June.

Visit the event website to view a detailed schedule and ticket information.