Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

Due to the predicted bad weather, the Amelia Island Concours D‘Elegance was also brought forward from Sunday to Saturday this year. Thus, the most beautiful vintage cars in the world could present themselves in good weather on the green of the golf course. At the end of the 23rd edition of the Amelia Island Concours the two winners „Best of Show“ were determined. Best of Show de Sport was the 1963 Ferrari 250 / 275P. Four of these race cars were built as 250P with the V12 engine for the prototype World Championship at Ferrari. They were used at the 1000 kilometers on the Nürburgring and also in Le Mans. In 1964, the capacity was raised to 3.3 liters and the prototypes henceforth referred to as 275P. The Ferrari shown in Amelia Iceland was able to win some victories between 1964 and 1965, including with John Surtess at the wheel.

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The „Best of Show“ award was given to the Duesenberg J / JS Convertible with a Murphy body from 1929. The vehicle was once owned by Edward Beale McLean, whose family owned the Washington Post.
Around 300 vehicles were shown in 35 classes at this year’s Concours. The field varied and there were quite a few surprises to see. From the early electric pre-war classics to the one-off Shelby Lonestar, which was to replace the Cobra and built in 1968 on the basis of a Ford GT40. It was probably the first time that this vehicle was shown in public.

In the Martini Racing class, eleven different cars presented themselves in the typical design of the racing team. Including two Porsche 917K, a 1973 Porsche 2.8 RSR “R6” and a Porsche 935. In addition some Lancias and as a highlight a Fiat 242 van from 1981.

Motorsport legends have always been in the spotlight at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. This year, two-time Formula One winner Emerson Fittipaldi, who also won at the Indy 500 twice, was honored. On display were nine racing cars from the racing history of Fittipaldi, including the very first race car, a Renault R8 Gordini. Furthermore, the John Player Special Lotus 72/5 with which he had retracted his first Formula 1 victory or the 1975 McLaren M23 / 9, with whom Emerson Fittipaldi drove a lap of honor over the green.

Some readers will surely have grown up with the Matchbox Hot Wheels. Remember the models Beatnik Bandit or Orbitron from 1969. Car models with an extremely futuristic appearance. A class at the Concours was dedicated to the custom builder and artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. His sloping automobiles delighted many visitors. Roth coined the American Kustom culture in California in the 50s and 60s. Vehicles such as the Mysterion of 1963, the 1961 Beatnik Bandit and the Orbitron of 1964 were among his highlights. In addition, there were the Outlaw, Surfite and Tweedy Pie.

But even more highlights could be seen on the weekend. Including an Alpine M64 Le Mans Prototype from 1964, but also the Ferrari Daytona “Hatchback” from 1972 with a long-running combination rear end. Access to the storage space is obtained through the gullwing-like folding windows. The Ferrari is an absolute one-off. In the class of the concept cars, the Chrysler Thunderbold from 1941 was a highlight at the Concours. Its aerodynamic shape was far ahead of its time. Nearly twenty years later, in 1960, the single piece Plymouth XNR by designer Virgil Exner was introduced to the public.

Also very unusual was the class of hunting vehicles. Including Rolls Royce vehicles with a buffalo horn on the radiator grille or the open Buick Eight El Kineno from 1949. Class winner was the Rolls Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake T Bar.

At the parallel event Cars & Coffee gathered around 400 other enthusiasts with their vintage cars. As every year, much of the Concours revenue goes to a charitable use. More than $ 3.2 million was raised this year and goes to a community hospice in northeast Florida.



Best In Class – American Classic (1930-1932)
1930 Packard 745 Roadster
Craig A. Kappel – Chatham, MA

Best In Class – American Classic (1933-1948)
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve Convertible Victoria
James and Nancy Scharfeld – Avon Lake , OH

Best In Class – American Classic (Pre 1930)
1925 Locomobile 48-9
Jepson Collection – Savannah, GA

Best In Class – American Limited Production
1953 Buick Skylark
Lawrence and Ellen Macks – Owings Mills, MD

Best In Class – Auburn
1935 Auburn 851 S/C
Lehrman Collection – Palm Beach, FL

Best In Class – Bentley (Post-War)
1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Bruce Male – Swampscott, MA

Best In Class – Cars of Fittipaldi
1974 McLaren M23/8
The Mouse Motors Collection – Chicago, IL

Best In Class – Concept Cars
1960 Plymouth XNR
Linda and Paul Gould – Pawling, NY

Best In Class – Duesenberg
1929 Duesenberg J-175 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Charles E. Letts, Jr. – Bloomfield Hills, MI

Best In Class – E-Type
1961 Jaguar E-Type FHC
Kent and Melissa Hussey – Atlanta, GA

Best In Class – European Custom Coachwork
1932 Isotta Fraschini 8B – Commodore
Blake and Lauren Atwell – Buda, TX

Best In Class – Ferrari Daytona 
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Beth and Ezra Gould – Brooklyn, NY

Best In Class – Ferrari Production
1951 Ferrari 212 Export
Thomas Peck – Irvine, CA

Best In Class – Grand Touring Prototype
1988 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo
Nissan North America Heritage Collection – Franklin, TN

Best In Class – Horseless Carriage (30+ Horsepower)
1915 Stanley 820
OFF Brothers Collection – William Johnston and Ron Elenbaas – Richland, MI

Best In Class – Horseless Carriage (Electric)
1912 Rauch & Lang Town Car
John W. Rich, Jr. – Frackville, PA

Best In Class – Hunting Cars
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake
T bar W Ranch Investments – Mineola, TX

Best In Class – Martini Racing
1988 Lancia Delta Integrale
John and Suzanne Campion – Jacksonville, FL

Best In Class – Mercedes-Benz (1947-1972)
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
John and Theresa Behrendt – Saratoga Springs, NY

Best In Class – Mercedes-Benz (Pre 1947)
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Mary and Ted Stahl – Chesterfield, MI

Best In Class – Motorcycles
1981 MV Agusta Magni 850S
Gale and Robert Lawrence – Riverside, CT

Best In Class – NART
1961 Ferrari 250 TRI/61
Scuderia N.E. – Stamford, CT

Best In Class – Porsche (Carrera)
1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Carrera
Coriani Collection – Modena, Italy

Best In Class – Pre-War
1934 MG NA Special
Brenda B Benzar – Cincinnati, OH

Best In Class – Race Cars (1946-1957)
1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR2
Irwin Kroiz – Ambler, PA

Best In Class – Race Cars (1958-1966)
1964 Alpine M64 LeMans Prototype
Kim and Mitch McCullough – Pompton Plains, NJ

Best In Class – Race Cars (1967-1980)
1972 Parnelli VPJ-1
Chuck Jones – Stevensville, MI

Best In Class – Race Cars (Pre-War)
1926 Bugatti T39A
North Collection – St. Michaels, MD

Best In Class – Rolls-Royce (Post-War)
1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn DHC
Guy Lewis – Pinecrest, FL

Best In Class – Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Douglas R. Magee, Jr. – Wolfeboro, NH

Best In Class – Sports and GT Cars (1951-1956)
1954 SIATA 200CS
Walter and Rosanne Eisenstark – Bluffton, SC

Best In Class – Sports and GT Cars (1957-1964)
1958 BMW 507
Fort Family Investments – Jacksonville, FL

Best In Class – Sports and GT Cars (1965-1975)
1965 Aston Martin DB5
Carl and Laurie Clark – Myrtle Beach, SC

Best In Class – Sports Cars (Pre-War to 1950)
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Robert Bishop – Palm Beach, FL

Photos: © Deremer Studios