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All the Best Rides to Watch for at This Classic Car Show

From a one-of-a-kind Bentley to a sedan wrapped in vinyl, this year’s Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is teeming with unique vehicles

Black 1973 Mohs Safarikar seen with door and trunk open

On September 16, 2018, a fleet of classic cars will descend on the shores of Georgian Bay for the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This automotive beauty pageant is a must-attend event for fans of rare (and wacky) rides. Here’s some of what you’ll find this year.

2018 Ford GT

White 2018 Ford GT sport scar parked outside residential home

Owner: Alan Boughton of Caledon, Ont.

Built in Markham, Ont., this third generation of Ford’s iconic supercar is a showstopper. Powered by a 647-horsepower engine that propels it from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, it’s one of the quickest cars on the road. It’s also one of the rarest—Ford is building just 1,000 GTs during a production run expected to stretch to 2020. Fewer than 25 vehicles are destined for customers in Canada, Concours d’Elegance organizers say. 

1964 VW Bus Samba 21-Window

Dark brown and grey 1964 VW Samba 21 seen parked in busy lot

Owner: Alvin Ziminsky of James Creek, Pa.

The vehicle of choice for many a hippie (and suburban family), the VW Bus is an icon of the 1960s. This version was discovered in a Maryland barn in 1990 and methodically restored over the course of about 20 years.

1937 Bentley 4.25-Litre Open Two-Seater by Carlton

Black retro 1937 Bentley 4.25-Litre Open Two-Seater by Carlton vehicle parked outside

Owner: David de Muzio of Newport, R.I.

Bentleys from this era are rare, but this vehicle takes scarcity to another level. With a body built by a renowned English coach builder, the Carlton Carriage Company, it was the only car of its kind ever made, say Concours d’Elegance organizers. Despite the fact that it’s more than 80 years old, the car still has its original body, engine and gearbox.  

1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale Bodied

Slate grey 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale Bodied car parked on light driveway in front of blue building

Owners: Alan and Robin Anspaugh of Yardley, Pa.

This is the rare automotive dual citizen; the chassis and drivetrain of the car were built in England, while its body and interior were crafted in Italy. Just 329 Italia 2000s were built, and only about 100 survive today.

1973 Mohs Safarikar

Black 1973 Mohs Safarikar parked on grass beside small lake

Owner: Mark Zalutko of Forty Fort, Pa.

One of three prototypes built by Mohs, a Wisconsin company that specialized in seaplanes, the Safarikar is all kinds of weird. Its aluminum body is wrapped in nearly 37 metres of vinyl, stretched and stapled over polyurethane foam. Inside, the front has three bucket seats, and the back has bench seating that folds down to sleep two adults and two children. As its name suggests, this Mohs was built for an African safari, though it never made it across the ocean.

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Image credit: Courtesy of manufacturers, Cobble Beach Concours D'Elegance and Mark Zalutko