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Jim Schmidt & Sam Mann

Jim Schmidt has been a fixture at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, wowing crowds each year with his collection. This year, as an honored exhibitor, he’s showcasing old favorites and some surprises.

Lincoln-Sport1930 Lincoln Sport Phaeton. This classic green beauty was part of the very first Concours d’Elegance, but it has racked up awards at car shows far and wide, from Pebble Beach to Winter Park. “I’ve owned it for 20 years... That happens to be one of my favorite cars. The design of it, the style, is something that I personally relate to,” said Schmidt.

 

1957 Thunderbird Factory Supercharged. The legendary “F” bird was designed to seek and destroy Corvettes on NASCAR Tracks. Just 211 of these magnificent T-Birds were ever built, with just over 150 still known to exist today, and Schmidt is bringing his. “It’s very similar to my first car. It was a ‘57, black.”

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1970 Ford F-100  Explorer Sport Custom. This one may come as a bit of a surprise, pickup trucks from the not-so-distant past hardly known for their award-winning lines. But Schmidt is planning on giving tours as part of the Concours this year, so he needed something that was road worthy. “I’ve had this car quite some time, 15 years at least,” he said. He found it up on blocks unsold for more than a decade at a dealer, with just 11 miles on it. “It still has its original tires.” Lincoln-Sport3

 

Four-time Pebble Beach winner Sam Mann makes his Hilton Head debut this year. Here’s a sampling of what he’s bringing.

1937 Delage D8-120S. This piece of automotive history was custom-built for a wealthy buyer by legendary carriage firm Carrosserie Pourtout and designer Georges Baulin. “The lines are mouth-wateringly elegant, and quite near perfection,” said Mann. This car won Best in Show at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Lincoln-Sport4
1937 Delage D8-120. Another custom-designed model, the coachwork on this car was performed by deVillars of Paris. The original owner commissioned the custom work, which includes crescent fenders and no shortage of stylish fins, to take the car to various Concours and win. It worked. Much later, this car won Best in Show in Pebble Beach in 1996.  Lincoln-Sport5
1934 Voisin C-15 ETS Saliot Roadster. When Voisin went out of business in 1934, the garage at Saliot, which had specialized in servicing Voisins, bought up parts from the factory and started creating their own astounding custom pieces. This one was designed specifically to win the Vois de Boulogne Concours that year, and it did. It also took home Best in Show at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours. Lincoln-Sport6