The Visual Delights of Amelia Island 2019

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo: Deremer Studios LLC

The Visual Delights of Amelia Island 2019

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo: Deremer Studios LLC

Whatever your automotive taste, the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance offered something delectable. Founder, chairman and impresario Bill Warner again outdid himself by assembling a multi-ring circus of delights that included unexpected classes such as “Cars of the Rock Stars,” “Heads of State,” and “VW Custom Coachwork.” Those who love racing found a similar embarrassment of riches from widely disparate disciplines like drag racing, endurance racing and Formula 1. Whether your preference is the purposeful elegance of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB or the clever innovation that has marked Indy cars through the decades, it was there to be sampled.

Of course, Amelia also holds up its bargain as one of the premier global concours by attracting a stellar field of more traditional elite cars from across the eras.  The Best in Show winners — a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier owned by The Keller Collection at the Pyramids and a 1957 Ferrari 355 S owned by Cavallino Investments  — demonstrated that.

Herewith our expansive photo coverage of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.


The race cars of Jacky Ickx, the honored driver at this year’s Amelia Island Concours. They show the breadth of his racing career, from Formula 1 to Le Mans to the Paris Dakar Rally. Photo: Johnny Miles

Driver Jacky Ickx poses with Ford GT40 #1075, which won Le Mans twice, in 1968 and 1969. Ickx was responsible for the 1969 victory along with his co-driver, Jackie Oliver. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

This 1956 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Limousine was built for President Eisenhower. Once the Secret Service switched to transporting the President in newer Lincolns, this Cadillac was used as a chase vehicle, often with Secret Service agents standing on the side rails. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Rocker Janis Joplin had this 1964 Porsche 356C custom painted for her by friend and road manager Dave Richards. He named the psychedelic mural “The History of the Universe,” and it includes a portrait of Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Joplin drove the car until her death in 1970. After a stint on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, RM Sotheby’s auctioned the car in 2015 for $1.76 million. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

One of the few Packards bodied by a European coachbuilder, this 1938 Super Eight Coupe was ordered by a European shipping magnate and bodied by the Mayfair Carriage Company in London. Photo: Johnny Miles

Vatican City flags adorn this 1938 Cadillac V-16 Limousine Town Car owned by Nicola Bulgari. The car was once part of the Vatican’s motor pool and was used by Pope Pius XII. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Porsche restorer Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports built this 356 A into one of his famous Outlaws, the 356 Emory Special Cabriolet, for singer John Oates, seen here with the car. Oates curated a display of “Rock-Star Cars and Guitars” for the Concours, which were displayed together on the show field. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

This Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight was “made by Experimental Department outside normal sanction,” according to factory records. It was raced in the period by Innes Ireland, Jim Clark, Tony Maggs and Roy Salvadori. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

The Cobra hood ornament on this 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster signifies an important aspect of the car’s history. It was installed by the coachbuilders at Fleetwood as a symbolic gesture for Rudolph Valentino, who commissioned the car and who had stared in the movie Cobra. Sadly, Valentino died unexpectedly at the age of 31 and was never able to take delivery of the car. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Bruce Meyer, founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, poses with his 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘SEFAC Hot Rod,’ a highlight of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB class at Amelia this year. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

One of the crown jewels of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, NV, is this 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster. Photo: Johnny Miles

This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT PF Series 1 Cabriolet, the 14th of 40 built, actually gets driven regularly and has competed in eight Colorado Grands. Photo: Johnny Miles

Porsche Classic was showing off a newly restored Carrera GT on their stand at the show. During the restoration, Porsche Classic completely disassembled the car, spent 350 hours sanding and re-coating every carbon-fiber component including the tub, and then painted the car Oak Green Metallic, a classic Porsche color never originally offered on the car. Porsche Classic also made a few additional deviations from stock. Most notably, the shiny rim on the wheels is actually real silver. Photo: Johnny Miles

This two-door Beetle Cabriolet, bodied by German coachbuilder Hebmüller and Sohn, was part of the unprecedented VW Custom Coachwork class at this year’s Concours. Sold new in limited numbers through VW’s dealer network in Germany, roughly 100 are thought to survive. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

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Nissan only built one R390 GT1 road car and while the car is usually stored in Japan with its Nismo motorsports division, it made a rare appearance at this year’s show. Photo: Johnny Miles

With a cost that was twice the price of the Volkswagen Beetle on which it is based, the 1951 Rometsch Beeskow was positioned as a coachbuilt alternative to more exotic sports cars. Unfortunately, the company’s chances of success were cut short by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, which made it impossible for the company’s East German workforce to commute to the West Berlin factory. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

A veteran of the Targa Florio, the 1000 KM of Nurburgring, and the 12 Hours of Reims, this 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, still in original condition, is now part of the esteemed Ingram Collection in Durham, NC. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Borrani wire wheels on a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

A Chapron-bodied 1947 Delahaye 175 S Cabriolet enroute to the awards stage. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Very few individual cars have won Le Mans twice. This 1968 Ford GT40 is one of them – it triumphed in back-to-back races in 1968 and 1969. In total, it won six of the 11 races it entered. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

This Bentley, a 1930 Speed Six H.J. Mulliner Sportsman Coupe, spent its first seven years in India with the Maharajah of Jaipur. Today it is owned by collectors John and Gwen McCaw. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

The Peugeot Darl’mat was actually the brainchild of Peugeot dealer Emile Darl’mat who was looking to carry on the Peugeot racing mantle after the manufacturer pulled out of motorsports. The result, designed by Georges Paulin and coachbuilt by Marcel Pourtout, is one of the most beautiful French cars of all time. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Jacky Ickx’s 1977 Le Mans winning Porsche 936/77 came all the way from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for the concours. Photo: Johnny Miles

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB class at Amelia this year. The car in the foreground, a 1959 Interim Berlinetta, has a slightly different window configuration as it was one of seven built as a design study to test how well the forthcoming SWB would perform on the track. This car’s encouraging finish at Le Mans in 1959 was a harbinger of the success the SWB would have in racing. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

When Joe Nastasi of Long Island City, NY, purchased a container of parts from Autodelta SpA, Alfa Romeo’s competition department, this 1967 T33 “Periscopio” was inside! Photo: Johnny Miles

Vern Schuppan, winner of the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans, decided to build a road car out of Porsche’s dominant 962 racer. The result was the Schuppan 962CR, one of the most expensive and outrageous supercars of all time.

Widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of all time, the 250 GT SWB (abbreviated from Short Wheel Base) was a featured class at this year’s concours. Photo: Johnny Miles

Jacky Ickx was an extremely versatile driver and this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280GE attests to it. Ickx used this Geländewagen to win the 7,500 mile off-road 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally with co-driver Claude Brasseur. Unsurprisingly, it had no trouble with the golf cart paths at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

The 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s two Best in Show-winning cars and their owners, pictured with Bill Warner on the right, and Jacky Ickx second from the left. Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Winner of Best in Show, Concours d’Sport was the 1957 Ferrari 335 S of Cavallino Investments. Winner of Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance was the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier of The Keller Collection at the Pyramids. Photo: Johnny Miles

A worthy winner of Best in Show – the spectacular, streamlined 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier, which was built for high speed travel on the German autobahns. Photo: Johnny Miles



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