Putting on a world-class concours d'elegance is a challenge, even under the best of conditions. Throw in an attempt by past sponsors to hijack the event and you have all the ingredients of a full-fledged disaster. But Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance founder Paul Merrigan was undaunted. And in less than 60 days, he was able to assemble an outstanding lineup of cars, thanks to the support of the classic car community and backing from the Petersen Automotive Museum and its Checkered Flag 200 club. The sixth-annual Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance, which benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, turned out to be an excellent kickoff to the 2013 concours season.
In addition to Chuck Swimmer's best-of-show 1932 Chrysler Imperial SC Roadster (shown on the opening page), the first of 100 LeBaron-bodied cars, the field included a 1933 Marmon V16-Series 149 (shown on this page) owned by
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