June 21, 2024

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Audrain’s Minerva Wins “Most Distinguished Closed Car” and is Best in Show Runner-Up at Greenwich

Greenwich’s Roger Sherman Baldwin Park provided a picturesque backdrop for the 2024 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance from May 31 through June 2. The 1927 Minerva AF 32 CV Sports Sedan, owned by the Audrain Collections of Newport, RI, was awarded with a prestigious ‘Most Distinguished Closed Car’ and was runner-up for ‘Best of Show.’ 

The event showcased and celebrated a some of the most exceptional vintage automobiles from around the world. This year’s Best in Show award went to Leigh Brent’s 1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 All-Weather Phaeton.

The Audrain Collection’s 1927 Minerva AF 32CV Sport Sedan was restored by Minerva authority Steve Babinsky of Lebanon, NJ. It’s one of just two examples ever produced.  

Finished in a deep green, the Minerva has long black fenders and a low top with a high beltline, which dramatically minimizes the height of the windows. This car also has a myriad of unique original period-correct fittings, adding to its presence and dramatic appeal. 

The car’s accolades include a ‘Best in Class’ award in the European Custom Coachwork class at the 29th Annual Amelia Concours d’Elegance presented by Hagerty and two class awards at the 2000 and 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance — along with a Senior Grand National AACA Award.  It is believed that this vehicle may have been the car that was pictured on display at the New York Auto Salon at the Hotel Commodore in 1926. The car was acquired by the Audrain Collections in 2018.   

“The Minerva’s continued success is a true testament to the dedication and passion of our team and Audrain’s commitment to preserving, celebrating and perhaps most important, sharing automotive history,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne.  

See the complete list of concours awards from the 2024 event here.