This past week we gave out our National Automotive Heritage Award and the HVA / FIVA Preservation Award to two very deserving cars that were on the lawn at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. These awards are presented to owners of vehicles that we deem have either made a lasting contribution to American automotive heritage or have been incredibly well preserved and documented as original examples as they left the factory.
National Automotive Heritage Award: 1939 Lincoln Continental Prototype
The recipient of our National Automotive Heritage award was the 1939 Lincoln Continental Prototype! Built upon a modified Lincoln Zephyr, the car was originally built for Edsel Ford who wanted a “low, sleek roadster” while vacationing in Florida.
After its initial testing, Edsel gifted the car to its designer, Bob Gregorie, who modified it and later sold it for $800, after which it was disassembled and changed hands many times. In 1977, the dissembled car was bought by an enthusiast who restored it alongside his sons over the course of several years.
The Continental Prototype now resides at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan where it will soon go on display along with two other special Ford Speedster one-offs. This special car was the catalyst for one of the most recognizable marques in American history, making it highly deserving of our National Automotive Heritage Award.
HVA / FIVA Preservation Award: 1972 BMW 2002 tii
For our HVA / FIVA presentation award, we recognized this incredibly well preserved 1972 BMW 2002 tii. Bought new from Munich, the car has been in single ownership for its entire life and is incredibly well documented. The car has been preserved in highly original condition with 42,000 miles on the odometer.