Hilton Head Honors

New Jersey Collectors Named

Larry Jewett - August 13, 2012 10:54 AM


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The 2012 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will include major inames in automotive collecting and racing October 26 – November 4.  Frank and Milli Ricciardelli of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, have been selected to receive the first-ever Honored Collector title.  This designation reflects the appreciation for the loyalty the Ricciardellis have had to the Hilton Head Island Concours, the consistently high quality of automobiles that they have presented and their overall support of the car collector hobby.
The Ricciardellis have chosen four automobiles that represent their collection and passion for the hobby.  These will be on display at the Motoring Festival both Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, in the Motoring Midway show field.
One of 105 built, their 1930 Cadillac V16 convertible originally sold for $5,350.  Initially purchased by a Virginian dentist from a New York City dealership, the car underwent a complete body-off restoration in 2001, bringing it to a 100 point automobile, shortly after the Ricciardellis took ownership.
Their 1935 Duesenberg J-Dual Cowl Phaeton is the only one of 19 short body chassis originally fitted with a La Grande dual cowl phaeton body with the distinctive and striking attributes of having a seventeen inch wheels, skirted fenders and low profile convertible top. The Ricciardellis took ownership of the car in 2001 and began a complete body-off restoration. 
The other cars are a 1938 Jaguar SS Coupe and a 1926 Hispano Suiza Cabriolet H6B.
“We couldn’t be more elated to have Frank and Milli accept this inaugural honor,” said Paul Doerring, Chairman Emeritus and one of the founders of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance.  “Their support, passion and contributions to the automobile collector hobby is what makes this event, and many others, what they are.  We are excited about the vehicles they have selected to showcase at this year’s event and think the crowds will be blown away.”