Awarded for Excellence in Design the World Over
The horses have left the field of modern-day concours d’elegance, but the luxury and refinement remain at these showcases for excellence in engineering and design now held throughout the world.
These “competitions of elegance” began in 17th century France, when owners of fine, horse-drawn carriages gathered with friends and rivals to exhibit the best vehicles of the age. And while the types of vehicles on parade have changed, the tradition has endured.
Today, cars from The JBS Collection, a treasure trove of the best in automotive design that includes examples going back more than a century, can be found at modern day concours d’elegance around the globe. The JBS Collection is honored to be a part of the distinguished field at these events and grateful for the opportunity to share the history and majesty of our cars with a wider audience.
Following is a list of the most decorated automobiles from The JBS Collection’s participation at concours d’elegance at home and abroad.
1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria Dietrich
The 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria Dietrich is a masterpiece, as its four awards from various concours d’elegance attest.
The 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria has brought home first place in the C-2: American Classic Open Packard class at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015, first place in the Packard class at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2016, and first place at Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in 2016, rechristened the Detroit Concours d’ Elegance. The “Most Elegant American Automobile Award” was bestowed upon this Packard at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in 2019.
1933 Packard Twelve Coupe
The 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe is one of only two remaining, so it’s hardly surprising such a rarity would find favor in the eyes of judges at concours d’elegance around the world.
This Packard has won four awards since 2014: second place at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2014; first place at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in 2015; and the Specialty Award: The Hagerty Youth Award at Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in 2021. The car also appeared in 2018 at the inaugural Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm.
1938 Packard Twelve 1607 Convertible Coupe
The Packard Twelve was — and is — one of the finest vehicles made by Packard and among the defining creations of an era.
This 1938 Packard Twelve 1607 Convertible Coupe won first place in the Packard class at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2016 and the Amelia Award at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2017. The Twelve also took home the Best Interior award at St. John’s Concours d’Elegance in 2018 and won the Excellence Award at Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance in 2019. And the Twelve had the honor of being on display at Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm in 2018.
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible
The 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible is as lovely as it is legendary. The Cord 812, once owned by Amelia Earhart, won second place in Class C: American Classic in the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and first in class Best Cord, as well as Best-in-Show at the 2021 Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Car Show.
The vehicle received both the Class Award for American Classics 1933-1948 and The Hagerty Youth Award for American Classics 1933-1948 at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 2022.
In May 2022, the Cord traveled to Italy for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and received honorable mention recognition in Class A — The Golden Age of Elegance: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design, along with a special award for Most Sensitive Restoration. And then, in October, the Cord won Best in Show at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival.
Most recently, the Cord was on display at the Hagerty Driver’s Association’s Cars at the Capital exhibition after being honored as the 33rd inductee in the National Historic Vehicle Register.
1928 Minerva AF Transformable Town Car
Since 2018, this Minerva’s elegance, thoughtfully-crafted interior, and timeless design have garnered awards across multiple concourses and earned special invitations to Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court Palace.
The Minerva placed first in the European Classic Early class during 2018’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, won the “Most Elegant French Coachwork” award for 2019’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, received the Lion Award (European Class) and Most Significant Classic Car: The Don Sommer Award at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, and earned the Class Award: (Award of Speed & Style) Pre-war Classics at the 2021 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.
1928 Hudson Model O Convertible Sedan
The distinguished 1928 Hudson Model O Convertible Sedan is a powerhouse automobile with cutting-edge design. One of five in existence, this car was found in storage and purchased by The Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum Collection at auction in 2002.
Though well preserved, the car required significant restoration. LaVine Restorations in Nappanee, Indiana, took on the 15-month challenge and returned this marvel to its former beauty. Following the restoration, the Model O competed in the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and won Best of Class.
And at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2021, LaVine Restorations was recognized for its work on the Model O, honored with The Craftsman Phil Hill Restorers Award-Production, a prize reserved for the best new production car restoration.
1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster
This 1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster is a lovingly restored vehicle of award-winning excellence. The automobile took home second in class at Pebble Beach in 1997, received an award at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in 2012, and most recently won the Amelia Award-American Classic 1931-1932 at the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.