Noosa Concours d’Elegance | The Unveiling of the Noosa Concours…

20 Jul 2023

The Unveiling of the Noosa Concours d'Elegance inaugural Winners

We are proud to present a series of prestigious awards that honour the excellence and beauty of the inaugural Noosa Concours d'Elegance participating vehicles!

These awards are a testament to the dedication, passion, and artistry of the vehicles' owners and creators. Each car embodies a unique blend of unparalleled craftsmanship, timeless design, and captivating allure, making it a standout amidst a collection of automotive marvels.

And the Winners Are…

This coveted award celebrates the vehicle that epitomises automotive perfection, combining flawless aesthetics, technical superiority, and an undeniable presence. The Jaguar XK120 FHC stands as a true testament to the art of automotive engineering.

The Jaguar XK120, manufactured between 1948 and 1954, embodies a fusion of timeless design and performance. Obtaining its name for its reported top speed of 120 mph, the XK120 was unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show. Early versions featured aluminium bodies until 1950 when production shifted to pressed-
steel bodies. In 1951, the Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) was introduced, with a total production of 2,680 vehicles. Among them, only 195 were right-hand drive FHC models, making this particular car comparatively rare. The FHC model provided a more refined and luxurious driving experience in comparison to its open-top
counterparts. With a high-temperature, high-strength aluminium alloy cylinder head, hemispherical combustion chambers, inclined valves and twin SU carburettors, the dual overhead-cam 3. 4 L straight-6 XK engine was highly advanced for a mass-produced unit of the time. Believed to have been imported into Australia in 1964, this vehicle was acquired by its current owner in 2012. An extensive restoration project spanning eight years was undertaken to bring the vehicle back to its original factory specifications.

A celebration of enduring charm and timeless elegance, this award highlights the captivating allure of classic automobiles. The Ferrari 196 SP is a symbol of automotive heritage, taking us back to an era of automotive splendour.

The 1962 Ferrari 196 SP is an exceptional vehicle, boasting a prestigious legacy in automotive history. As one of only six ever produced, this car holds a significant place in Ferrari’s heritage, representing the brand’s first foray into rear/mid-engine cars. Raced extensively by the Ferrari factory during 1962 and 1963, the vehicle was driven by the skilled Rodriguez brothers, Pedro and Ricardo, at the renowned Spa circuit in Belgium. The car also competed extensively on the international stage during those years. Today, this magnificent Ferrari continues to captivate enthusiasts in historical races, including the 2023 Phillip Island Historics. It has been shown at numerous prominent events, including the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours and 2023 Sydney Harbour Concours, where it secured the coveted “Best of Show” title.

BEST MODERN CAR: Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4
This award pays tribute to the finest examples of modern craftsmanship and performance, pushing the boundaries of innovation and design. The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 mesmerises with its powerful presence and cutting-edge engineering.

In 1998, Volkswagen Auto Group acquired Bugatti Automobiles S. A. S. , succeeding the iconic EB 110. Multiple new concept cars were released with the Bugatti Veyron announced in 2000. With the aim of creating the fastest road production car, Volkswagen AG embarked on this ambitious project under the name of Ettore Bugatti. The development process commenced in 2001, and the first roadworthy prototype was completed in 2003. However, further refinement was necessary, resulting in the release of the first car in late 2005. This 2006 Bugatti Veyron EB 16. 4, one of the limited 450 units produced, was originally delivered to Germany. Ordered in Black with Bleu de France inlets, it is complemented by the tan leather interior. Equipped with a powerful 1200 hp engine, the Veyron can reach a top speed of 432 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2. 5 seconds. Although its successor, the Bugatti Chiron, naturally outperforms the Veyron, it cannot claim the same accomplishments, trophies, and enduring legacy that the Veyron earned.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe
The People's Choice Award holds a special place at Noosa Concours, as it allows every attendee to participate in the judging process and cast their votes for their most beloved vehicle. Among the extraordinary line-up of automotive marvels, one car emerged as the clear favourite - the iconic 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a true embodiment of racing excellence, with a rich heritage rooted in its track-worthy design. Initially produced as a gullwing coupe from 1954 to 1957 and later as a roadster from 1957 to 1963, the 300 SL was inspired by the company's legendary 1952 racing car, the W194. Its sleek silhouette, gullwing doors, and "super-light" construction made it an instant sensation when it was unveiled alongside the 190 SL at the 1954 New York Auto Show. Hailing from Queensland and privately owned, this 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe boasts a captivating history. Originally delivered to Toronto, Canada, on May 3, 1956, the car's journey took it back to Germany, where it underwent meticulous restoration at HK Engineering. In 2022, it found its way to Australia, capturing the hearts of automotive enthusiasts with its timeless elegance, remarkable performance, and a rich automotive legacy that continues to shine bright.

We extend our congratulations to the following vehicles that received a Highly Commended recognition for their exceptional qualities and contributions to the event:

  • Monteverdi 375L
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom III
  • Porsche 911 GT3
  • Morgan Aeromax
  • Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
  • Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster
  • Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

The winning vehicles and their proud owners were celebrated during a delightful Sunday morning brunch presented by the Tom Offermann Real Estate at the picturesque Sails Restaurant. This gathering allowed us to honour the remarkable achievements and contributions that these vehicles have made to the world of luxury motoring.

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