The Disruptors of the Automotive Industry

TORONTO, Ont. — Some of the most classic, rare — and valuable — cars to be found at the Canadian International AutoShow will be in Cobble Beach Classics.

Previously known as Art and the Automobile, Cobble Beach Classics is consistently among the anticipated features of the AutoShow. Presented in partnership with Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance— a show of elegant and rarely seen automobiles, often viewed as art,held each September on the shores of Georgian Bay — this year’s exhibit will feature 15 cars from throughout the 20thcentury, all beautifully and painstakingly restored.

“Each of these beautiful cars can be considered a disruptor in the automotive industry,” says Rob McLeese, Founder and Show Chair of Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “They changed the game when they were introduced with new technologies or styles. They made a difference, and turned things in a new direction.”

Among The Disruptors being featured in Cobble Beach Classics are:

  • 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost — The car that proved the durability and reliability of the automobile when this model completed a 15,000-mile durability run. The Rolls Royce Sliver Ghost established the “Best Car in the World” reputation. The model that will be at the AutoShow has an enclosed body, a rarity in cars that pre-date World War One. (Owned – Canadian Automotive Museum).
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe — Only 17 Atalante models of the iconic Bugatti Type 57 were ever made. Unlike other Type 57s, it had a single-piece windscreen and lacked the distinctive fin that ran down the middle of the roof. (Owned -Stahl’s Automotive Collection).
  • 1938  Delahaye 135M Coupe — A unique model with Swedish bodywork, the Delahaye 135 marked the company’s turn to producing more sporty vehicles. This car won Best of Show at the 2018 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance show. (Owned – Robert S. Jepson Jr.)
  • 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta — Tabbed a “Dream Car” during its one and only production year, the Oldsmobile Fiesta was one of the first vehicles to feature the wrap-around windshield that defined ’50s automotive styling. (Owned – Brent Erickson)
  • 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept — Designed by Pete Brock, the concept for the Stingray set the tone for the styling of General Motors’ vehicles for years to come. (Owned -GM Heritage Collection).
  • 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 – A factory original 289 Team Car, the Shelby Cobra 289 is considered a legend. No amenities — it was just pure power on the road. Many consider this to be the best American sports car ever built. (Owned – Legendary Motorcar Company)

Similar to last year’s ICONS installation, a commemorative poster has been painted by Canadian artist Jay Koka to celebrate The Disruptors. The poster features the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe parked in front of Toronto’s Massey Hall, with the exclusive Bugatti La Voiture Noire — which is making its Canadian premiere at the 2020 AutoShow — in the background. Prints of The Disruptors will be available for sale in the Cobble Beach Classics room at the AutoShow.

Cobble Beach Classics will host special docent tours of its 2020 exhibit for accredited media on Thursday, February 13th, 2020, following the formal Media Day Preview Tour. More details will be available once the Media Day schedule is finalized. Accredited media interested in attending one of the tours can contac tmedia@autoshow.ca or concours@cobblebeach.com to reserve a spot. Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.

Cobble Beach Classics, presented by Hagerty Insurance, will be showcased in the 700-level gallery room in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Canadian International AutoShow takes place February 14th to 23rd, 2020, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit autoshow.ca. Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.

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About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.

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