The Concours d'Elegance of America, which was scheduled for July 28 in Plymouth, Mich., is certainly one of the great classic car shows held every year in the United States.
But we're just getting started. After people catch their breath from that exciting show in suburban Detroit, they can start thinking about the granddaddy of classic car shows -- the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance -- which will be held in the middle of August in California.
Those are two great shows that feature terrific automobiles from years past. They display hundreds of the most stunning vehicles from our automotive heritage.
I was recently asked: What modern cars will be in these shows a half-century from now? Are we building automobiles that will be considered classics someday?
Those are interesting questions to ponder, and my guess is that other than the exotic cars of today, mainly sports models, there will not be a lot to choose from.
First, we have to remember that many of the vehicles that we treasure from yesterday were limited in production numbers, which of course adds to their value.
In today's market, cars just aren't built in such small numbers. Many of those classic cars of the past were made by specialty body builders that have long since gone out of business. Also, many of the brands that built cars that now count as classics have disappeared. The list includes Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Marmon, Cord and Packard.
True, there are some wonderful sports cars and sports sedans being produced today, but even the Corvette has sales of many thousands of units every year. It's a wonderful car but certainly not a classic at that volume level.
The irony is that some of the cars that will be on display at the shows of the future will be vehicles that were failures in their time. Certainly DeLoreans and Bricklins come to mind, and perhaps Fiskers will join their ranks in 50 years.
We should enjoy today's cars and be thankful that they are readily available for everyone. But only time will tell what cars from today will be featured in the classic car shows of tomorrow.