The Carmel Mission Classic may not be one of the most prestigious car shows during the Monterey Car Week but its beautiful venue certainly makes up for it. The show is held in the courtyard of the famous Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo located in Carmel, California. The show features beautiful classic cars displayed in the beautiful courtyard. There is also a wine tasting event with wines provided by local vineyards.
The show featured some notable classics that include a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine that used to be owned by Fred Astaire, a famous American dancer. The Phantom is currently under the care of the Peterson Automotive Museum. The show also featured modern car such as the 2016 Ferrari 488 which is believed to be the first in the country.
The grandson of the famous E.L. Cord, Chris Cord, brought with him glossy blue Cord 812 Cabriolet. The majority of the displayed classic cars were brought by local owners and were very happy to share their stories during the event.
This newly restored shiny red 1941 Chevrolet pickup truck is owned by Juan Ruiz from Salinas, California. This pickup truck was also displayed at the Chevrolet Nationals held at Lake Tahoe. It was its debut event and won the truck class 1st Place Junior Winner, an award only given to first timers. According to Ruiz, it took him 4 years to complete the restoration. He had to do a ton of research about the truck’s history to bring it back to its original condition. Its original Swift Red finish was supplied by DuPont. “They went into their archives and got us the formula,” Ruiz said. “They really got excited about helping us with that.”
This 1914 REO rover owned by Larry Ginn and is said to be a local find. The decaying look of the REO is proof of its 102-year journey. It is filled with stains that are a reminder of the decades it has been left alone. This antique car was found in a local barn just recently and is believed to have been left there since 1969. Like some of the other featured classic in the show, this 1914 REO is listed for sale. Larry did not touch the withering look of the car and only did enough work for it to be drivable.
Here are some of the featured classics of the Carmel Mission Classic car show:
Lincoln Mark II
1961 Porsche Super 90 Roadster
Custom 1956 Chevy Impala SS called “The Imposter” is made by Chip Foose
1969 Jaguar XK-E Series II
1959 Porsche 356 Carrera
Rare 1959 Enzmann 506 roadster
1938 Lincoln Zephyr
1937 Delage D-8 120 drophead coupe
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