Detroit Concours d’Elegance – Three Featured Classes Celebrate the Motor City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., June 22, 2022 – The Detroit Concours d’Elegance recently announced 17 classes representing the 140 historically-significant vehicles that will take the field at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday, September 18, 2022. All of the inaugural event’s three featured classes have deep roots in the Motor City.
“Sunday’s Detroit Concours will celebrate many of the vehicles that put Detroit on the global map,” said Matt Orendac, Vice Chairman, Concours Group. “Our team has chosen themes that will resonate with local automotive enthusiasts as well as grab the attention of car lovers from across the globe.”

The 2022 Detroit Concours featured classes include the ‘Cars of Harley Earl,’ in honor of General Motors and the industry’s first styling chief. The class will showcase the automotive designs that helped lift General Motors to a place of global industry leadership during Earl’s tenure as the Vice President of GM styling.

‘Cars of Woodward Avenue’ celebrates the iconic muscle cars that rolled along this historic roadway that runs from Pontiac, Michigan, straight to the heart of the city. The ‘Detroit Autorama’ featured class consists of customs and one-offs from the golden age of “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show” that began at the University of Detroit almost 70 years ago.

While they may be known collectively as “The Big Three,” it is the limited-production models from each of Detroit’s automakers that will grace each of the Detroit Concours’ Limited Production classes. Drawing exclusively from cars produced in the 1950s and 1960s, Limited Production Chrysler, Limited Production Ford and Limited Production GM will offer a fascinating display of automobiles built in relatively small production numbers and concept cars.

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Imagine buying a new car only to discover soon after that the manufacturer was closing its doors forever? Two classes of Orphan Cars will provide a glimpse into the postwar models from Packard and Studebaker.

Additional classes include prewar American Classics, prewar European Classics, European Modern Classics, Midwest Hot Rods and American Sports Cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Classes representing Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati will thrill fans with exemplary examples from the 1960s and 1970s from each Italian automaker. Modern Supercars will round out the list.

Vehicle nominations for the Detroit Concours d’Elegance are open to the public, at All nominations are subject to consideration by the concours selection committee.

Celebrate with the Detroit Concours All Weekend

On Saturday, September 17, Comerica Park’s parking areas will be transformed into Cars & Community, a family-friendly celebration of the automobile. Cars & Community features three unique shows in one. RADwood, a celebration of 1980s and 1990s lifestyle, blending period correct dress with automotive awesomeness. Concours d’Lemons, a motoring festival designed to celebrate the oddball, mundane and unexceptional of the automotive world as well as a curated Cars & Caffeine, designed as a showcase for local car clubs. Youth will enjoy spending time in the Kids Zone, featuring racing simulators and more.

Visit our Newsroom for a list of all the 2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance classes and more.

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