HVA at Amelia Island

by: John Paul

March 16, 2012

To better recognize the thoughtful stewardship of owners of un-restored historic vehicles, the HVA presents its Preservation Award to the best un-restored vehicle at this year’s Amelia Concours D’Elegance.

On Sunday March 11, 2012, the HVA presented the Preservation Award at this year’s Amelia Concours D’Elegance in Amelia Island, Florida. The Preservation Award was presented to the best, un-restored pre-war vehicle at this year’s event. This year’s winner was Robert and Sandra Bahre from Alton, NH with their 1934 Packard 1106 Sport Coupe. This perfectly-preserved Packard features a custom body by LeBaron and a v-12, 160hp engine.

The aim of the HVA’s Preservation Award is to recognize owners of un-restored vehicles as thoughtful stewards dedicated to maintaining the as-built integrity of these vehicles and our automotive heritage. This growing trend of un-restored vehicle preservation lends itself to the popular notion championed by the HVA that vehicles are only original once and that those persevered should be rightly celebrated. The HVA seeks to identify and recognize cars as culturally significant and will provide similar awards at select events through the coming calendar year, including the Concours of America and GM Nationals.



  1. Edward F. O'Brien Colorado

    Proof that some cars whose owners, over the years, took preservation seriously gets its just rewards!

  2. Larry Kostka Covina Ca

    I'm glad to see a definite interest in all original UNRESTORED cars. I own a 1950 Olds with 39,000 original miles on it, and I'm proud to show it at local cars shows. The car was in the same family from 1950-2002. It went to a car museum in Mo and was displayed there until 2003. The car was sold to a man in Mi and I bought it from him in 2010. So far I have three first place trophys and four best in class plaques from showing the car. I don't intend to modify or change anything on the car. It is still a joy to drive and that 303cid engine still has the power to get the car down the road like a rocket.