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Patricia Hetrick, CMP, Executive Director
What Cars Can You Expect to See at The Elegance at Hershey?
HERSHEY, PA – (May 2017) – The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of a bygone era when the automobile stirred our imaginations and quickened our hearts. Today, people both young and old marvel at the extravagances of the automobiles of the past. Modeled after the grandest concours hosted in Europe and America, The Elegance at Hershey is the ultimate garden party featuring the world’s most exquisite collector cars, displayed in and around the impeccably manicured European style gardens of the Hotel Hershey. The Elegance at Hershey concours takes place on Sunday, June 11 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the 75 outstanding automobiles you will be able to see at this year’s event:
Betty Davis’ 1940 Buick Model 59 Super Estate Wagon: Originally owned by Warner Brothers & used in the movie Now, Voyager – WB gave the car to Davis; only 495 Super wagons were produced in 1940; wood for the body was supplied by Biehl Body from Reading, PA; the cost when new was $1,252; they were called “Estate Wagons” because it sounded classier than “station wagon”.
Jayne Mansfield’s 1960 Bentley Continental Convertible by Park Ward:
This car was originally sold to a Los Angeles, CA, attorney who had it delivered to a home he had in France; after being imported into the U.S., it was eventually sold to Mansfield; the car features a large trunk rack that was well suited to Mansfield; the engine is 6230cc V-8 with dual SU carburetors.
Clark Gable’s 1934 Packard 1106 Runabout Speedster by Lebaron: Twelve cylinder engine with polished aluminum heads; Gable was the original owner; one of 4 surviving 1106 LeBaron Runabout Speedsters; the car was once owned by Gene Zimmerman, owner of Automobilarama in Mechanicsburg, PA; the current owner acquired the car in the late 1970s.
1960 Plymouth XNR Spider by Ghia: An experimental concept car designed by Virgil Exner (note the XNR) and built in Italy by Ghia of Turin as many of Chrysler Idea cars were built. Its asymmetrical styling echoed Exners deep interest in motor racing. This car was once owned by the Shaw of Iran and was featured recently on Jay Leno’s Garage show.
1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe by Touring: The earliest Ferrari street cars financed Enzo Ferrari’s racing exploits in the early mid 1940s; the 166 Inter Coupe was the street version of the Ferrari race car; less than 40 Inter Coupes were ever sold; a 110hp V-12 powers this vehicle.
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Spider by Fontana: This vehicle is #7 of only 25; only 212 bodied by Fontana; the 212 featured more displacement than the original V-12 offered, measuring 2,562cc.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta: One of only 350 Lusso’s built (#290); the first owner was from Oakland, CA, where it stayed for 29 years; Lusso is the last model to receive the 250 series engine – the same that powered the Ferrari GTO to track fame.
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS: Model named after Enzo Ferrari’s son, Dino, who died in 1956; concept, or dream car, for this model was introduced in 1965 in Paris; first production model available in 1967; top speed – 148mph, 0-60 in 7 seconds; 1 of 1,246 Dino’s produced.
1963 Porsche 901 (The 911 prototype): By the early 1960s, Porsche was looking to replace its model 356; 911 would be the new model, but there were 10 pre-production cars made, including this one; this is the only remaining 901; handmade fuel tank, door sills and seat rails; Porsche went on to use model “911” because Peugeot claimed ownership of any 3-digit model with a “0” in it; powered by a 122-hp, 6-cylinder Boxer engine; maximum speed of 130 mph, 0-60 in under 9 seconds, ¼ mile time of 16.4 seconds – this was “supercar” performance in the early 1960s.
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6: Gull winged successor to 904: Raced as Team Holland in 16 events in 1966; started from the pole, lead every lap in Sundown Grand Prix at Mosport finishing 13 laps ahead of second-place car.
Don’t forget our other big events happening during The Elegance weekend! Enjoy the thrill of vintage race cars charging up the historic Hershey Hill in a timed competition during The Grand Ascent (Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Cars & Coffee is a tradition among car lovers, offering all car enthusiasts an opportunity to show and discuss their vehicles in a casual atmosphere (Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.).
Interested volunteers, sponsors and donors may contact Patricia Hetrick, Executive Director of The Elegance at Hershey, at 717.534.1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about The Elegance at Hershey and to purchase tickets for the events, visit TheEleganceAtHershey.com.
About The Elegance at Hershey
The Elegance at Hershey, a 501 (C) (3) organization based in Hershey, PA, was established in 2010. In its first 6 years, The Elegance at Hershey has donated more than $850,000 to its three charities, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the AACA Library & Research Center and the AACA Museum. Contributions are facilitated by significant sponsor support. Together with a great team of volunteers and donors, The Elegance is excited to move forward with the 2017 event. The event will be held on June 9-11, 2017. Visit TheEleganceAtHershey.com for more information.
THE ELEGANCE AT HERSHEY
501 West Governor Road, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
(717) 534-1910, TheEleganceAtHershey.com