Top honors went to the Chrysler owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini, III of West Orange, New Jersey. It had been the personal car of renowned automotive designer Ralph Roberts, equipped to his order as a gift to his wife, and had previously received a "Best in Class" award at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours.
The "People's Choice" award went to a Florida car, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. The Paul Doerring Founders Award, established to honor one of the key contributing founders of the event, went to a 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible.
Hilton Head's annual gathering of collectors and enthusiasts is one of the fastest growing automotive lifestyle events in the country. The Festival expanded its reach this year with an all-new new aviation event, the Flights & Fancy Gala and Aero Expo.
This year, the Concours and an accompanying Car Club Showcase filled up with entrants earlier than ever and reached over 500 cars. “We don’t see the momentum slowing down anytime soon and encourage owners to submit as early as possible for next year’s event,” said Festival President Carolyn Vanagel. “The world-class hospitality and facilities of the Port Royal Golf Club, along with our yearly attendance records, have resulted in an even higher quality show field than ever before, and this year’s winners truly point to our growth and success."
Auctions America was on site at the festival, putting 95 blue-chip automobiles and select memorabilia on the block before a packed house. Preliminary results from the auction exceed $5 million in sales. Bringing the top price was a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, a well-sorted example of one of the marque’s classic 12-cylinder touring cars, which achieved a final $638,000 sale. Also on the roster was a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi with just 3,600 miles from new, which garnered $360,250, and an exceptionally original 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition that went for $343,750.
The next Hilton Head festival and concours is scheduled for Oct. 28 – Nov. 6, 2016. For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website here.