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2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

This gallery is a brief look at this major event with its outstanding quality and variety of cars it presents.

The Amelia Gallery is rated “G” and does contain some “General Photos of Non-Classic” Cars.

The 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance held Sunday March 10th is the culmination of events that has become know as “Amelia Concours Week” on the island. With its relaxed atmosphere the Amelia Concours has become one of the go-to concours destinations for fans and aficionados seeking all manner of rare motorcycles, stunning classics cars and legendary race cars.

Concours week unites dinners, driving tours, auctions, seminars and Concours Cars & Coffee automotive events attended by an estimated 20,000 people all over Amelia Island. The main event presented more than 300 vehicles in 35 classes on the Fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. This year gave special honor to former Belgian racing driver, Jacky Ickx, six time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, who also achieved eight wins in Formula One, was the 1979 Can-Am Champion and has won the Dakar Rally.

The field of Full Classic®, passenger, sports, race cars and motorcycles is reviewed by 120 judges who selected 120 award winners in under three hours – a epic effort driven by Chief Judge, David Schultz, automotive writer, historian, collector and a past President of the CCCA.

The 2019 Best of Show Concours d’Elegance honor were captured by a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier from The Keller Collection at the Pyramids.  Mercedes-Benz produced 419 with a 5.4 liter engine equipped with a Kompressor between February 1934 and November 1939. Sales literature stated this car was designed for incredibly high-speeds on the autobahns and claimed that the high winds at those speeds gave the car its defining shape.

The Best of Show Concours de Sport awarded to a 1957 Ferrari 335 S (chassis 0674) owned by Cavallino Investments. It is a two-owner car that was the most technologically advanced Ferrari built that year, featuring a longitudinal 60-degree V-12 with 24 plugs, two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank that produced 360 horsepower.

The notable racing history of chassis 0674 includes Sebring, Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and 1,000 km events at the Nürburgring when Ferrari won the World Sportscar Championships. The car was piloted by some of the great drivers of its day counting Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, W. Graf Berghe von Trips, Stirling Moss and more.

“The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier and 1957 Ferrari 335 S both truly embody the sophistication of our awards,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “I was thrilled to watch the judges honor such esteemed automobiles and continue to recognize the best and most extraordinary vehicles in existence, right here in Northeast Florida.”

Michigan made a good showing taking Amelia Awards in European Custom Coachwork with a 1931 Rolls-Royce 20-25 from the OFF Brothers Collection; the Amelia Award in American Classic 1931-1932 going to a 1931 Cadillac 452A All-Weather Phaeton owned by McKeel & Soon Hagerty; and Best In Class in American Classic 1930 with a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 Roadster owned by Bill and Barbara Parfet.

The Meguiar's People's Choice Award was won by a 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini and The Spirit of the Concours Trophy was presented to Ralph Marano.

John Oates, of Hall and Oates fame, curated one of the most eclectic displays. The Cars of the Rock Stars” matched rock star cars and guitars, like an Elvis Presley guitar and the 1959 Chevrolet Stingray Racer he used in a film, plus his own 1960 Porsche 356 Emory Special Cabriolet. “It was more about matching up the vintage cars with the vintage guitars of a similar or same era and time… I realized there’s a lot of synergy between the two. The cars represent a design esthetic of a certain era.”

Additional highlights on the field included classes open wheel racers honoring the 110th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 60th anniversary collection of Ferrari’s legendary 3-liter V-12 250 GT “Short Wheelbase Berlinetta” and examples of Jaguar’s graceful and iconic XK120 sports cars as its 60th anniversary was honored. And parked on kickstands in the middle of the field, this year’s “Queens of the Highway” motorcycle class.

The major auto auctions included Russo and Steele, Hollywood Wheels, Gooding & Company, Bonhams and RM Sotheby's sold 452 cars for an average price of $247,906. The official auction of the Concours held by RM producing sales of $38 million. American Classics included a 1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton that sold for $1,650,000 and a stunning 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Sedan brought $1,325,000. European Classics also performed well as a 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet Le Dandy at $1,353,500, a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley at $566,000 and a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Sports Two-Seater, a perennial winner of the Great American Race, sold for $434,000.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is the brainchild of Bill Warner who is an award-winning automotive photographer, Road Racing Drivers' Club member and father of the Amelia Concours. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.45 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013 and 2016, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award and in 2018 the Nicola Bulgari was awarded to Bill Warner

The 25th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 6-9, 2020.

Learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at: www.ameliaconcours.org/

Past Amelia Island Galleries:
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Amelia Island 2018

Amelia Island 2017

Amelia Island 2016

Amelia Island 2015

Amelia Island 2014

Amelia Island 2013

Amelia Island 2012