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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2012 09 2012 Palos Verdes Concours Page 2

The 2012 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance unfolded in all its curvaceous brilliance on Sunday 16 September on the green at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a "French Curves" theme. Fittingly, Peter and Merle Mullin, renowned collectors and well-known enthusiasts of French automotive design, served as Grand Marshals.

The celebrated marque for the 2012 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance was French manufacturer Delahaye, a name that first appeared in the 1890s and survived both world wars before disappearing in the early 1950s. Delahaye vehicles on display included a ruby-red 1939 Type 165 Cabriolet (Page 16) and a stunning bi-colored 1937 Type 135M Cabriolet (Page 14), awarded "most elegant vehicle." Owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, both feature coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi. The "best paint" winner was a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300d Cabriolet D (Page 32) entered by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

Despite an alluring show field bedecked with beautiful specimens that ranged in style from the glamorous liquid look of 1930s Art Deco-suffused France to the rough-and-tumble look of 1970s American muscle, the car that took home Best of Show was a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 by Louis Dubos owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt (Page 8). This glittering blood-maroon teardrop coupe brought enthusiastic applause from the crowd of spectators as it glided towards the judge's table to accept its award.

In addition to the beautiful French designs, the Post-War European Luxury class boasted a high-quality collection of cars, among them the exquisite 1960 Bentley S2 Continental owned by Santos and Yolanda Guerra (Page 31), which won third place in its class. The 1949 Jaguar XK120 owned by Tony Vincent (Page 22) was also stunning, and very much deserving of the Best Sports Car award it drove home with.