1930 Packard 745 Sport Phaeton and 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Share in ‘Best of Show’ Honors

ATLANTA, GA., October 2, 2017 –  While only in its second year, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is already establishing new traditions, an expanded entrant list and a host of significant collections arriving from as far as Seattle and Maine — positioning Sunday’s showing of nearly 180 vehicles at the Chateau Elan in play with many of the premiere concours events throughout the country. Best of show winners — the American ‘Best of Show’ 1930 Packard 745 Sport Phaeton, owned by Charles and Rhonda Cofer and the European “Best of Show’ 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, owned, restored and maintained by Evergreen Historic Automobiles, received prestigious honors and set the stage for the more than 30 total award winners to gain their famed moments of the weekend festivities.

According to Bill Wallet, co-founder of the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, this year’s show has not only expanded in size, but it’s the quality of vehicles that are taking notice.  “Not only were our top award-winners collectors of multiple cars that had competed and been previously rewarded in renowned shows, but we also brought in many owners of significant cars that had yet to partake in a bonafide Concours before – and they walked away with class wins,” said Wallet.  “We’re spreading the word that the restoration and classic car movement needs to continue to grow and by fostering additional worthy competitors on the show field, we’re making an important impact.”

Valued at $4mm – $5mm, the European ‘Best of Show’ winner, was but one example of the respected entrants that recognized the Atlanta Concours as an up-and-coming show of distinction.  Thirty-four-year-old curator Michael Rhodes, has the responsibility of taking care of 600 rare vehicles within the Missouri-based Evergreen Historic Automobiles collection, and believes the Atlanta show has opened new doors for a growing list of competitive opportunities within the classic car world.  “The 540K was Evergreen’s first complete restoration to gain fame and recognition with a 3rd place class win at Pebble Beach in 2016 – and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity of sharing its beauty and value among such fine selections as those partaking in this year’s Atlanta event.”

The stunning 1930 Packard 745 Sport Phaeton, chosen as Atlanta’s American “Best of Show,” and valued at approximately $1.8mm, is part of the prestigious Cofer Collection from Tucker, GA – another award-winning group well known within the Concours world.