The Carl Benz Award is presented each year for the best article published in the previous calendar year in a magazine. Through 1982, the article awards were a subset of the Cugnot Award.
 

2016

"1967-70 Cadillac Eldorado: Applying a Personal Touch" by Terry V. Boyce published in Collectible Automobile

Award of Distinction  - "Record Collector: The Story of a Special 1958 Chrysler 300D" by Andy Mikonis published in Collectible Automobile

2015

"Lightning in a Bottle Again: The Return of the Electric Car in America" by Gary Witzenburg, published in Collectible Automobile

2014

"A Star is Reborn" by Terry V. Boyce, published in Collectible Automobile

2013

"Trans Am Memories" by Sam Posey, published in Hagerty Classic Cars

2012

"Flying Low," by Carl Goodwin, published in Vintage Motorsport.

2011

"1951 Buick XP-300: Mr. Chayne Builds His Dream Car" by Terry V. Boyce in Collectible Automobile.

2010

"The LeBarons: Heir Apparent to the Throne," by John L. Baeke, M.D.,published in The Reunion, the annual publication of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club.

Award of Distinction -"Last Legs: A Story of the Final Carrera Panamericana," by Chuck Giametta, published in the June, 2009 issue of Collectible Automobile.

2009

"Packard and Winton: The Transcontinental Rivalry" by Jim Chase, published in The Packard Cormorant.

2008

"The End of the Future: Chrysler Corporation Cars of 1957" by Jeffrey I. Godshall, published in Collectible Automobile.

2007

"Breaking the Mold: NASCAR at Road America, 1956," by Greg Fielden, published in Collectible Automobile.

Award of Distinction - "Standing the Test of Time: The Continuing Story of the Packard Proving Grounds," by Gary Witzenburg, published in Collectible Automobile.

2006

"Lucky Goes to Camp," by William Oosthoek, published in Vintage Motorsport.

Award of Distinction - "Brooks Stevens: The Seer that Made Milwaukee Famous," by Richard M. Langworth, published in Collectible Automobile.

2005

"1,000 Miles in Half a Day," by Carl Goodwin, published in Vintage Motorsport.

Award of Distinction - "1960-62 Plymouth Valiant: Chrysler's Unique Slant on the Compact," by Jeffrey I. Godshall, published in Collectible Automobile.

Award of Distinction - "Bound by Tradition: The Coachcraft Story," by Vince Manocchi, published in Collectible Automobile.

2004

"General Motors LeSabre: Harley Earl's Think Tank," by Michael Lamm, published in Collectible Automobile.

"Mysterious Ways: The Long, Strange Trip of the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88," by Michael Lamm, published in Collectible Automobile.

"The Story Behind the Marmon 12," by Beverly Rae Kimes, published in Automobile Quarterly.

2003

Benz: "Something Wicked This Way Comes," by Terry B. Dunham, Antique Automobile.

Award of Distinction: "Tom McCahill: Say 'Uncle'," by Richard M. Langworth, Collectible Automobile.

2002

Benz: "Doble E-14: The Pinnacle of Steam Power," by Jonathan A. Stein with James J. Crank, Automobile Quarterly.

Award of Distinction: "The Aesthetics of Sport," by Carl Goodwin, published in Vintage Motorsport.

2001

Benz: "Unrealized Dreams: GM's 1955 LaSalle II Motorama Cars," by Michael Lamm, Collectible Automobile

Award of Distinction: "Origins of the French Concours d'Elegance," by Brooks T. Brierley, Car Collector.

2000

Benz: "Kurtis" by Michael Lamm, Collectible Automobile.

Award of Distinction: "Edmund Rumpler: An Engineer's Life" by Karl Ludvigsen, The Automobile.

1999

Benz: "Austie," by Beverly Rae Kimes, Automobile Quarterly.

Award of Distinction: "Frank Lloyd Wright and Automobility," by Stuart W. Wells, Automobile Quarterly.

1998

Benz: "Forget What You Have Seen," by Carl Goodwin, Vintage Motorsport.

Award of Distinction: "No Questions Asked - Ford's Harry Bennett," by David L. Lewis, Automobile Quarterly.

1997

Benz: "George Romney - On the Path of Persistence," by Patrick R. Foster, Automobile Quarterly.

Awards of Distinction: "Climbing His Own Ladder - The Elevation of Charles Nash," by Karla A. Rosenbusch, Automobile Quarterly. "Jomar - The British Sports Car from New Hampshire," by Jonathan A. Stein, Automobile Quarterly.

1996

Benz: "Burning the Midnight Oil - Cummins Diesel," by L. Spencer Riggs, Automobile Quarterly

Award of Distinction: "The steam automobiles of James Herbert Bullard," by Scott Jamieson, The Automobile.

1995

Benz: "ReVere's Short Ride," by L. Spencer Riggs, Automobile Quarterly.

Award of Distinction: "Not on the Road to Anywhere: Fleetwood's Early Years," by Stuart Wells, Automobile Quarterly.

1994

Benz: "Ken Purdy, King of the Road," by Beverly Rae Kimes, Automobile Quarterly.

Award of Distinction: "Mitchell, the Car You Ought to Have," by Bob Hall, Automobile Quarterly.

1993

Benz: "On the Wings of Larks and Hawks: The Last Flight of Studebaker," by Robert R. Ebert, The Bulb Horn. "The Checkered History of the Cab from Kalamazoo," by John A. Heilig, Automobile Quarterly.

Awards of Distinction: "05L: The Proposed Lincoln for 1940," by Richard H. Stout, The Classic Car. "Locomobile, the Best Built Car in America," by Karl S. Zahm, The Bulb Horn.

1992

Benz: "Microphone Taillights and Doughnut Decks," by Jeffrey I. Godshall, Automobile Quarterly.

Awards of Distinction: "Mercedes-Benz Type 80," by Dean Batchelor, The Star, magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of North America. "Edsel, the Forgotten Ford," by Thomas E. Bonsall, Automobile Quarterly.

1991

Benz: "Found! The Real Lost Cord," by Pat Tobin, Special Interest Autos.

1990

Benz: "The 1962 and 1963 Thunderbird Sports Roadsters," by James F. Petrik, Automotive History Review.

Award of Distinction: "Marmon's Masterpieces," by Griffith Borgeson, Automobile Quarterly.

1989

Benz: "Ahrens von Sindelfingen: Creating the Classic Mercedes," by Griffith Borgeson, Automobile Quarterly.

Award of Distinction: "Victor Pagé and his Automobile Company," by Frank C. Derato, Bulb Horn.

1988

Benz: "A History of the Automobile in North Dakota to 1911," by Carl F.W. Larson, North Dakota History.

Award of Distinction: "F.E. and F.O. Stanley: The Challenge from Steam," by John F. Katz, Automobile Quarterly.

1987

Benz: "Andre Dubonnet: As Supple as a Cat," by Frederick Usher, Automobile Quarterly.

Awards of Distinction: "Strategies for Success in a Changing Marketplace," by L.J. Andrew Villalon, Bulb Horn. "The Autovia," by Michael Worthington-Williams, The Automobile.

1986

Benz: "The Duke of Earle: Earle C. Anthony," by Stuart R. Blond, Packard Cormorant

Awards of Distinction: "Lamborghini, Quest for Perfection," by Ken Browning, Automobile Quarterly. "Comptes Mecomptes et Redressement d'une Gestin Industrielle le Automobiles Peugeot, 1918-1930," by Daniel Henri Le Revue d'Historie Moderne et Contemporaire. "Cord and His Auburns," by Maurice Hendry, Cars and Parts.

1985

Benz:

"Edmund Rumpler: Icarus Bound," by Griffith Borgeson, Automobile Quarterly. "The American Chaffeur: A Sociologic Appraisal," by Keith Marvin, Antique Automobile

1984

Benz: "GM Turns 75," by Menno Duerksen, Cars and Parts.

1983

Benz: "Seventy-five Years with Palette, Paintbrush, and Wheels," by Peter Helck, Bulb Horn.

Award of Distinction: "The Selden Patent," by Gerald A. Wolfe, Antique Automobile.

1982

Cugnot: "J. Frank de Causse: The Man of Mystery and His Motorcars," by Walter E. Gosden, Automobile Quarterly.

Awards of Distinction: "J. Frank de Causse," by Walter E. Gosden, Automobile Quarterly. "Holden Before the Holdens," by Max Gregory, Restored Cars.

1981

Cugnot Article: "Origins of the VW Beetle," by Griffith Borgeson, Automobile Quarterly.

1980

Cugnot Article: "Maryland and District of Columbia Cars," by Willard J. Prentice, Antique Automobile.

1979

Cugnot Article: "Locke and Company: Custom Body Builders 1902-1932, New York City and Rochester, NY," by Harold H. Emmons, Jr., Torque.

1978

Cugnot Article: "The Nash Story," by Beverly Rae Kimes, Automobile Quarterly.

1977

Cugnot Article: "Hupmobile," by Menno Duerksen, Cars and Parts.

1976

Cugnot Article: "The Dead End Kids," by Ken Gross, Special-Interest Autos. "The Graham Brothers and their Cars," by Jeffrey I. Godshall, Automobile Quarterly.

1975

Cugnot Articles: "Taxi: A Look at Checker's Past," by Stanley K. Yost, Car Classics. "Post War Babies," by R. Perry Zavitz, Car Classics.

1974

Cugnot Article: "Body by Briggs," by Michael Lamm, Special-Interest Autos.

1973

Cugnot Article: "Dolphin Motors of Shoreham," by Michael Worthington-Williams, Sussex Industrial History.

1972

Cugnot Article: "La France et L'Automobile," by Charles L. Bishop, Éditions M.-Th. Géwin, Paris.

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