1938 Hispano-Suiza takes Rodeo Drive Concours victory

Mullin Automotive Museum’s H6B Dubonnet Xenia declared Best of Show during 25th anniversary Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. It’s not hard to see why…

From humble beginnings at Beverly Hills High School to establishing itself as a must-attend Father’s Day tradition, the Rodeo Drive Concours has quickly become one of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Los Angeles.

Hosted by the Beverley Hills Police Foundation, a non-profit charity that raises funds for officers and their families, 2018’s 25th anniversary event crowned the 1938 Hispano-Suiza its knock-out vehicle after careful deliberation from a panel of industry experts.

The H6B Dubonnet Xenia, which is owned by the prestigious Mullin Automotive Museum, was awarded the coveted Best of Show prize. It attracted huge crowds as well as ultimate appreciation from the judges.

The Xenia was designed by World War One pilot, racing driver and Olympic athlete André Dubonnet, and incorporates an innovative independent suspension set-up. Its art deco styling and hand-built coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik features teardrop-inspired wings and a sculpted bonnet.

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A strong Father’s Day tradition, this year’s Concours served up a prestigious selection of automotive exotica for dads and their families, bringing more than 30,000 guests and attendees to Beverly Hills. The showcase of priceless classics and ultra-rare hypercars included a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé and Ruf’s 2009 CTR3.

This year’s event was highlighted by a bespoke display of almost 50 silver vehicles, marking the show’s 25th anniversary. This presentation included European classics, muscle cars, luxury sedans and the odd supercar, and took up an entire block along Rodeo Drive.

‘Our 25th anniversary celebration generated the largest turnout and the most spectacular cars ever… until next year, of course!’ said Bruce Meyer, chairman of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

‘I am especially proud of the diversity of the cars we had on display today, offering selections for every enthusiast’s interest and passion. It’s our goal to expose as many people as possible to both Beverly Hills and the world of car collecting.’

Full list of winners

In addition to its Best of Show selection, the 25th anniversary Concours d’Elegance recognised the following award winners:

Mayor’s Award: Most Elegant
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupé
Vin Di Bona, owner

Chairman’s Award
1964 Porsche 904
Sam Yagi, owner

Icon Award: Timeless Classic
1964 Pontiac GTO
Tenney Fairchild, owner

Rodeo Drive Award: Most Stylish
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Kip Cyprus, owner

Police Chief’s Award: Life in the Fast Lane
1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Competition
Rusty West, owner

Beverly Hills Award: Most Unique
2009 Ruf CTR3
Phillip Sarofim, owner

Rodeo Drive Award: Most Fashionable
1965 Lamborghini 350GT
Doug Cohen, owner

Carroll Shelby Award: Most Sporting
1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Berlinetta
Don Murray, owner

Steve McQueen Award: Classic Sports Car
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Ken Ciscek, owner

Precious Metal Award: Most Outstanding Silver Car
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Bill Feldhorn, owner

Most Passionate Enthusiast
Jim Hull

HVA Preservation Award
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé
Bruce Goldsmith, owner

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