The Des Moines Concours is a premier exhibition of vintage, classic and special interest collectible motor vehicles that celebrates the fine art, design evolution, and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers that created them. The Concours is held in downtown Des Moines on closed streets surrounding the internationally recognized John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park that features 27 works of art by 21 of the world’s most celebrated sculptors. The Des Moines Concours is a free event and open to the public with 2018 attendance exceeding 12,000.

Criteria for vehicle acceptance include authenticity, condition, rarity, design, engineering and innovative features and historical merit. Please note that replicas, reproductions or modified vehicles will not be accepted. The application deadline is August 1st each year. Online applications to exhibit in 2019 will be available in the spring.

Here were the classes for the 2018 Des Moines Concours:

  • Ford Model A 90th Anniversary – all styles and colors from 1927-1931. An icon in American history
  • Porsche 70th Anniversary – high performance sports cars, SUVs, and sedans
  • Volkswagen – air-cooled versions of the people’s car from 1943 to 1973
  • Woodies – automobiles featuring the marriage of steel and wood, from wagons to convertibles
  • Motorcycles – back in the lineup with a focus on the 115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson
  • Antiques – early historic automobiles with innovations in design and engineering through 1927
  • Early Collectibles – open to all marques manufactured between 1928 and 1942
  • The Classics – limited production, prestigious & expensive autos manufactured between 1917 and 1948
  • Atomic Age Collectibles – innovative and stylish autos manufactured between 1946 and 1957
  • Space Age Collectibles – special interest autos manufactured between 1958 and 1967
  • American Muscle Cars – high performance autos manufactured between 1962 and 1975
  • The Exotics – limited production autos from smaller automakers up to current day.
  • Preservation – automobiles through 1967 that have survived the decades with their exterior, interior and mechanical components functional and unaltered from the original materials.

If you have questions, please email us at application@desmoinesconcours.com .

All submissions need to have been made by midnight on August 1st, 2018.