Your Concours d’Lemons Michigan 2018 “Winners”

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The Concours d’Lemons at the 2018 Concours of America was a rousing success, if your definition of success means there were no serious injuries. Better still, the groundskeeping staff at the host site, The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan, didn’t kick anyone out. 

 The jokes, of course, are part of the spirit of Lemons. Everyone who brought a car out to display did so out of passion for their car. And some of those people went home with relatively-cheap awards and prize bags. We’ve listed all 15 (15? What are these, participation trophies?), with an larger gallery at the bottom of the article. The names have been omitted to protect bad judgement.

Worst of Show: 1949/50 Rat Rod/Hearse

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Worst of Show, if you couldn't tell.
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Note the high-tech LED lights.

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Those are bottle caps on the ceiling.
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The best seat in this car is already taken.


Rust Belt American Junk (GM): 1987 Pontiac Fiero

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Another Fiero best left alone.
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Confused? Look up the Gambler 500 in a search engine.

Rust Belt American Junk (Ford): 1951 Ford Shoebox

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Winner, Rust Belt Americna Junk (Ford): 1951 Fod Shoebox
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Nice plaid. No, really, we mean it.

Rust Belt American Junk (Other): 1972 Dodge Coronet Wagon

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The triangle badge on the Dodge Coronet is so other Dodges can pretend it's not one of them.
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Genuine Smurf-hide interior.

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We've run out of caption ideas. This is a wagon.
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The way-back seat, land of mischief and banishment.

Rueful Britannia: 1973 Triumph Stag

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Winner, Rueful Britannia: 1973 Triumph Stag
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The Bluetooth speaker as a stereo is a sure sign of Lemons cred.

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance: 1988 Suzuki Samurai

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Winner, Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance: 1988 Suzuki Samurai
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CB Radio is handy for calling a tow.

Unmitigated Gaul: 1992 Puegeot 505 DL Wagon

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The Peugeot won the French category by being the only French car to show up. True excellence!
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Appropriate vanity plate.

Swedish Meatballs: 1994 Saab Convertible

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Winner, Swedish Meatballs: 1994 Saab 900 S convertible
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It's like active suspension, but for your engine parts and not good.

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Saab 900 convertible interior.
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The power antenna doesn't retract. Lemons Judges look favorbly on this sort of thing.

Der SelfSatisifiedKrautenWagon: 1966 VW Beetle

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Winner, Der SelfSatisifiedKrautenWagon: 1966 Volkswagen Beetle

Kommunist Kar: 1976 Lada 2101

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It's a Lada!
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1976 Lada 2102 interior

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Allegedly the Construction Orange spray paint on this Lada was a perfect match to the original hue.
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The Lada has a speedometer, and not much else.

Sight for Sour Eyes: 1997 Alfa Spider

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90's style meets classic Alfa Romeo reliability
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Twin Spark does not mean redundancy, in case you were wondering.

Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome: 1982 AMC Concord Wagon

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Winner, Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome: 1982 AMC Concord Wagon

Best Back Seat: 1992 Ford F250

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So big we couldn't even fit it in the photo frame.

Driving on a Prayer: 1919 Franklin 9A

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The Franklin's owners look like normal people, which makes it hard to explain why they drove up from Florida and are headed straight to Pebble Beach after this event.
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The Franklin's roof is best described as "mostly waterproof."

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This is what they call "preservation class" at real car shows.
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Six working cylinders.

Slightly Better than a Go Kart: 1991 Honda Beat

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Awarded for being slightly better than a go kart
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Factory zebra-stripe seats excel at hiding stains.

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