January 7, 2013,Troy, MI--The Concours d’ Elegance of America has selected our first Official Model, the Automodello™ 1930 Cord L-29 Brooks Stevens Speedster which will be reproduced in 1/24th scale.
The full-sized Cord, on which the model is based, owned by Ed and Judy Schoenthaler, will be on display at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s on Sunday, July 28. The famed Speedster is a one-off Cord and was owned by famed automotive and industrial designer Brooks Stevens for 65 years. The car will be in the featured class: Auburn/Cord: The One-Offs.
The model, which is in development, replicates this unique car and will be available for pre-order through the Concours d’ Elegance’s online store www.concoursusastore.org. The debut of the Automodello™ will be at the Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, July 28 in the Artist’s tent on the show field. The proceeds from its sale will benefit the Concours’ charities.
Automodello™ CEO James Cowen said, “We are honored to be working with the Concours d’ Elegance and to be able to debut this unique Cord at their event.”
Looking forward to this partnership with enthusiasm, Jim McCarter, Executive Director of the Concours d’ Elegance said, “Automodello™ crafts exceptional models, perhaps the 1930 Cord, Ed and Judy Schoenthaler on this fundraising effort.”
Brian Joseph, Chairman of The Concours Car Selection Committee, explained why he thought the Brooks Steven Speedster was perfect for the Concours Official Model: “During the period of time the L-29 Cord was in production, less than 20 cars received custom coachwork. This example was owned since new by famed designer Brooks Stevens. It was a gift from his father and Stevens owned the car for the rest of his life. Originally bodied as a factory built cabriolet, Stevens restyled the car to his own taste. The car was an unadulterated expression of what Stevens felt a car should be. He was not constrained by corporate or private client desires. He added skirted fenders, a speedster tail and Woodlites to create his personal dream car. It is truly a special car.”
About the Concours d’ Elegance at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI:
The 35th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will be held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General Admission and VIP Tickets are now on sale at the Concours website. For more information please visit our web site at www.concoursusa.org or call Tina Pesek at (248) 643-8645.
About Automodello™, Buffalo Grove, IL:
Automodello™ was started with a question, “Why doesn’t anyone make a good model of the…?” and has grown into delivering 1:24 and 1:43 high-spec, limited edition, resin-cast models. Automodello™ since 2009 brings marques and models, including some previously covered subjects, which are now crying out to be modeled more accurately. Working closely with auto and racing legends, enthusiasts and restorers, the Automodello™ brand is dedicated to honoring marques, models and legends by offering collectors an exciting program of miniature masterpieces.