A History of Evolution & Art
To fully appreciate the significance of the New York City Concours d'Elegance, it is important to understand its heritage. Dating back to the early 1900s, the Concours d'Elegance began as an Automobile Salon showcasing foreign-made luxury cars. The first such Automobile Salon opened in 1904 on the top floor of Macy's department store in New York City.
At the conclusion of World War I, when the production of luxury cars came to a halt abroad, the more elegant American Chassis' were permitted to enter the Salons as well. Connoisseurs of fine automobiles gathered not only to celebrate the grandeur and elegance of handcrafted, custom-built bodywork, but also to evaluate the newest trends and automotive techniques of the future.
After years of showmanship, the Automobile Salons eventually evolved into the modern day Concours d'Elegance, where prestigious luxury automobiles are sorted into classes, formally judged, and awarded trophies and prizes. To this day, classic car collectors worldwide covet a Concours d'Elegance "Best of Show" award.
The most well-known Concours d'Elegance National and International events take place at the most exclusive locations, including the 18th hole of the fabled Pebble Beach golf course in California; the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida; Bagatelle, Paris; Villa d'Este, Lake Como, Italy; and now, making its long-awaited return, New York City.