More Highlights from the 2021 Amelia Island Concours
Some of the owners attend the Concours in period attire. There’s even a special fashion show as part of the opening ceremonies. The cars and models represent each decade, from the dawn of horseless carriages through the muscle cars of the ‘70s. It’s always fun to see how these often-elaborate and colorful costumes correspond with the time period and design of the automobile. This part of the show is sure to put a smile on your face, and provide plenty of photo opportunities.
A dozen fabulous Ferrari 275 GTBs were on display at the Concours, including the actual car that won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans GT Class. Valued at millions of dollars, the street version of these cars are some of the most prized classic cars in the world, with the race-prepared versions worth tens of millions.
A fleet of Porsche’s 935 racers rounded out the group of legendary go-fast cars shown at the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. During the later ‘70s and early ‘80s, these cars dominated endurance racing at Daytona and Sebring. They also captured the ultimate prize with a win in the 1979 24 hours of Le Mans race (Kremer prepared production-based 935).
These grand pre-war French/Spanish cars were featured cars at the Concours, warranting their own class. Built in the ‘20s and ‘30s, this ultra-luxury marque was a contemporary of Rolls-Royce, Duesenberg, and Mercedes-Benz. The one off 1938 “Xenia,” whose timeless design still looks fresh and futuristic today, was the centerpiece of the Hispano-Suiza class.
To celebrate their 50-year anniversary, a stellar group of 1970 Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler muscle cars were on display at the Concours. These big block cars, sporting vibrant colors typical for the time, made for a nostalgic walk down disco lane.
Car designs are not always practical and some are not very appealing. Oftentimes, a design is simply different because the builder wanted to have some fun. At this year’s Concours, a special class was held for vehicles best described as Wild and Wonderful – cars that are so unusual, they make you smile.
For the winners of Best of Show and other awards at the Amelia Island Concours, click here.