A 1938 Graham cabriolet with a custom body by iconic French coachbuilder Saoutchik won the best-in-show title at the third annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance near Owen Sound, Ontario the weekend of September 12 and 13.
The supercharged 97, owned by Edgar Masters of Copake Falls, New York and restored by Ontario’s RM Restorations, was originally built for the 1938 Paris Auto Salon.
(And we totally get it. There’s just something so right about the “sharknose” front end and that little dorsal fin out back. And those weird parallel-opening doors—)
The car beat out the winners of 21 other classes – selected from a total of almost 150 expertly restored classic vehicles – for the honour, including a similarly unique 1940 Darrin-bodied Packard and a 1932 Marmon V16.
(P.S. Check out our gallery of the coolest cars from Cobble Beach here.)
The Cobble Beach concours, this year presented by sponsor Cadillac, was presided over by chief judge John Carlson of B.C., and was coordinated by show chairman and founder Rob McLeese.
It featured several new classes introduced just this year, including vintage pickup trucks, a vintage motorcycle class featuring Vincent motorcycles, and a non-competitive vintage boats class.
The display-only museum class from last year also made its return, and sponsor Cadillac brought out a rare 1953 Le Mans prototype to show off alongside its new Ciel four-seat convertible concept, known for its role in the Entourage film.
(Does anyone else remember when we used to be able to refer to the Ciel without having to mention Entourage? The good ol’ days, man—)
A people’s choice award was also handed out, based on votes from showgoers, to a 1929 Packard 645 Dual-Cowl Phaeton belonging to Elaine and Tony Lang of Hanover, Ontario.
Next year’s Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held September 17 and 18 in Cobble Beach, near Owen Sound, Ontario, and will hopefully feature more than two cars in the American closed class.