The 2014 San Luis Obispo Concours begins June 6 and will celebrate two automotive legends, one of which is Mercedes-Benz. Scott Grundfor, an annual participant in the SLO Concours since 2009, specializes in restoring and preserving vintage Mercedes-Benzes, among others. He won best of show last year and in 2011 with 30s-era Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolets — vehicles that can equal the cost of some Central Coast luxury homes. He will showcase more priceless automotive treasures at this year’s SLO Concours.
Before showing his internal combustion art collection here in SLO, Grundfor is travelling to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta this week. There he will exhibit one of his favorite vehicles, the 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X concept vehicle, or “Gilda” (referring to the 1946 Rita Hayworth film), as part of the “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” exhibit, as featured in the May issue of Vanity Fair. Grundfor also brought Gilda for his first appearance at SLO Concours.
Although Grundfor was not certain about the car he would bring this year, he hinted at, perhaps inspired by the “Dream Cars” exhibit, the literally one-of-a-kind Ghia-made 1979 Ford Probe I concept vehicle (photos and more here).
As the founder and owner of Scott Grundfor Company, Grundfor provides restoration, preservation, consignment and acquisition services to the Jay Lenos of the world.
Grundfor began restoring automobiles in the 1960s to support his family and pay for his tuition at UCLA. But the side business became the primary business: Scott Restorations. In 1990, he sold it, relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and established Scott Grundfor Company. Grundfor returned to California (Arroyo Grande) in 2001, this time bringing the business with him. He and his family lived in a large travel trailer for almost two years while their house was built, said Grundfor.
To date, Scott Grundfor Company’s work has received 35 best-of-show awards and more than 70 major-awards. Grundfor has exhibited vehicles at venues such as Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. He previously acted as restoration editor for The Star, the official magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and has regularly judged at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
According to its website, Scott Grundfor Company “views the automobile as the most important art form of the 20th century” and its work as “stewardship” to preserve the history of the automobile.
The 2014 San Luis Obispo Concours showcases some of the most beautiful and exceptional vehicles. This year, Concours begins June 6 and ends with the main exhibition on June 8 and highlights Mustang and Mercedes-Benz. To learn more, visit www.sanluisobispoconcours.com or call Hospice SLO at (805) 544-2266. All proceeds benefit Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.