Unique aerodynamic form designed by Saoutchik was one of the silver entries celebrating the event’s 25th anniversary
An evocatively streamlined 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was declared Best of Show at the 25th anniversary Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance held Sunday in Beverly Hills, California.
With a one-of-a-kind Art Deco body sculpted by Jacques Saoutchik and inspired by Jacques Dubonnet, a World War I flying ace, racing driver and Olympic athlete who designed the car’s independent suspension, the Hispano is owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
More than 30,000 people swarmed the famous luxury-shopping street to view about 100 rare and exotic cars on display in what has become a Fathers’ Day tradition. The concours, which is free to spectators, included 50 silver cars – such as the Hispano Suiza – to mark the event’s silver anniversary.
Concours chairman Bruce Meyers noted the wide variety of automobiles on display including European classics, luxury sedans, muscle cars and supercars spread along an entire block of Rodeo Drive.
“I am especially proud of the diversity of the cars we had on display today, offering selections for every car enthusiast’s interest and passion,” Meyers said in a news release. “It’s our goal to expose as many people as possible to both Beverly Hills and the world of car collecting.“