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Palm Beach, 23rd of January 2011

This years Cavallino Classics in its 20th anniversary found their last act in the Classic Sports Sunday at the Mar-a-Lago Club. Mar-a-Lago was build between 1924 and 1927 for Mrs.Marjorie Merriweather Post as a private house that was acquired in 1987 be real estate tycoon Donald Trump who had the buildings completely restored to use them as a private club for the wealthy since. The large parkway behind the main house build in Hispano- Moresque style is the perfect location for the final concours of the weekend. Whereas the one yesterday was purely reserved for Ferraris this one features several marques and a few inter-marque classes with Jaguars, Aston Martin, Mercedes and others displayed.

Feature this year was the reunion of the very rare Cunninghams to celebrate their 50th anniversary. 36 of these cars were build between 1951 and 1955 in West Palm Beach and no less than 12 were displayed today. Further cars of Briggs Cunningham including his first race car, a 1939 Special called Bu-Merc and one of the 1950 Le Mans entered Cadillac driven by Miles and Sam Collier.

At the Aston Martin Class 2 rare DB4 Gts and a DB5 Volante were shown but the class win went to an beautifully restored DB MKIII DHC.

The “German car class” was mainly dominated by 4 entered 300 SL either in Roadster and Gullwing form but class winner was a small Porsche 356 Convertible in desirable Carrera-form.

The Ferraris were mainly the same seen the day before and once again the 212 Export Vignale Coupé was awarded best in the competition class. Further entries included the 375 MM Berlinetta, two 375 Americas and a 250 GT SWB California.

Highlight of the Classic Sports Sunday are usually the prewar cars parked near the pool. Beside a rare Aston Martin 15/98 still wearing its original Abbot-Body a Bugatti T57 Stelvio an two large Lincoln and Packard were displayed. Compared to them the black Squire with Corsica body looked rather tiny but far more elegant.
To round up things a Chrysler Imperial appeared that was once owned by Mrs. Merriweather Post and so the car found back home at least for one day.

Text & Images: Peter Singhof ... www.ClassicCarPhotography.de