2017 Amelia Island Concours: Main Event Closes Out Week of Star Cars

Bond Girl Standing Next to 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the movie Goldfinger


March 11, 2017 -- The laid-back resort area on Amelia Island is transformed each spring with the arrival of 18-wheeled transports ferrying in hundreds of classic vehicles from around the country and some from overseas. Part of this automobile royalty is taken to one of the five auctions held around the island and others are staged for the main event at the 18th fairway of Ritz Carlton Golf Club, the Concours d’Elegance. This year, with inclement weather predicted on Sunday (the scheduled day for the show), the Concours was moved to Saturday, which turned out to be a perfect day for the outdoor event.

Every year, the Amelia Island Concours honors one of the legendary members of the automobile sports world. For 2017, Al Unser, Sr., four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, was chosen as honoree. The cars from each of these wins were on the show field, along with the famous Borg-Wagner Trophy, straight from the Brickyard Museum. Other headliners at this year's Concours were 11 Jaguar D-Type roadsters, including the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans winning cars; the rarely-seen Marmon marque, 8 in total, which had its own class this year; and the first Camaro built, a 1967 coupe VIN 10001. Since this year was the 50th Anniversary of Chevy's pony car, VIN 10001 was joined by its later-year stablemates, including iconic names like Yenko, COPO, and Motion, as well as other significant Camaros.

If you’re a car buff and a movie lover, The Cars of the Movies, a new class added to the Concours this year, was a “must see.” Cars such as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery drove in the 1964 Goldfinger movie; the Porsche Gulf 917K from Steve McQueen’s 1971 film, Le Mans; Elvis Presley’s 1959 Corvette XP-87 Stingray Racer, which he drove in Clambake (1967); and American Graffiti’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala were on the show field for all to enjoy.

Some other highlights were the rare 1957 Corvette Super Sport, Elvis’ BMW 507, the 2017 24-hour Daytona-winning Cadillac, and the 1911 Marmon Wasp (winner of the first Indy 500 race).


Best of Show Winners

Best of Show winners: Concours d'Elegance award - 1935 Duesenberg SJ-582, owned by Terence Adderley of Bloomfield, MI ,and Concours de Sport winner - 1939 Alfa_Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, from the A. Dano Davis collection of Jacksonville, FL. Concours de Sport.

Celebrating Best of Show Winners, 1935 Duesenberg SJ-582 and 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider Best of Show Winners -- Concours d'Elegance: 1935 Duesenberg SJ-582 and Concours de Sport: 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider 1935 Duesenberg SJ-582 - Best of Show, Concours d'Elegance and Best in Class - <br>Duesenberg Duesenberg Interior 1939 Alfa Romeo - Best of Show, Concours de Sport and Most Elegant FCA Car Award Alfa Romeo Interior 1939 Alfa Romeo and 1935 Duesenberg (left to right)


People's Choice
1937 Delahaye 145, People's Choice Award and Most Elegant Sports Car Award


Other Eye-Catching Cars
<b><em>Goldfinger</em></b>, Starring Sean Connery: 1964 Aston Martin DB5 - Best in Class, Movie Cars<br>Class <br><em>Rain Man</em></b>, Starring Dustin Hoffman: 1949 Buick Roadmaster - Amelia Award, Movie Cars<br>Class <br><em>Clambake</em></b>, Starring Elvis Presley: 1959 Stingray Racer <br><em>American Graffiti</em></b>: 1958 Chevy Impala <b><em>Le Mans</em></b>, starring Steve McQueen: 1969 Porsche 917K - Amelia Award, Movie Cars Class 1967 Camaro, the First Camaro Built (VIN 10001) 1968 Yenko Camaro - Best in Class, Camaro Class 1969 Yenko Camaro, Don Yenko's Personal Camaro (First 1969 Yenko Camaro) 1967 Penske-Godsall Racing Camaro 1969 COPO Camaro - Amelia Award, Camaros Class 1968 Camaro Baldwin Motion 1969 Camaro Indy Pace Car 1957 Jaguar D-Type, 1957 Le Mans Winner 1956 Jaguar D-Type, 1956 Le Mans Winner Jaguar D-Types, Left (1957 Le Mans Winner), Right (1956 Le Mans Winner) 1911 Marmon Wasp (First Indy 500 Winner), Most Historically Significant Marmon Award 1913 Marmon 32 1924 Marmon 34-C - Best in Class, Marmon Class 1931 Marmon Sixteen - Most Elegant Formal Sedan or Town Car Award and Amelia Award,<br>Marmon Class 1932 Marmon Sixteen 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria - Marmon Class - Amelia Award, Marmon Class 1933 Marmon Sixteen - Most Elegant Marmon Award, Marmon Class Cars of Al Unser, Sr. Al Unser, Sr. in Indianapolis 500 1971 Winning Racecar - Best in Class, Al Unser, Sr.<br>Cars Class Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy Al Unser Sr.'s Indianapolis 500 1970 Winning Racecar Al Unser Sr.'s Indianapolis 500 1978 Winning Racecar - Amelia Award, Al Unser, Sr.<br>Cars  Class Al Unser Sr.'s Indianapolis 500 1987 Winning Racecar BMW 507 (formerly owned by Elvis Presley) -  Engineering Excellence Award 1999 Spirit of Rett LSR Streamliner, the Fastest Gasoline-Powered Car in History<br>(422.6 MPH) - Best in Class, Streamliners Class 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech Cadillac DPI V.R Prototype (2017 24-Hour Daytona Winner) 1959 Jocko's Streamliner (right) 1957 Corvette Super Sport, Car That Matters Historically Award 1956 Jaguar CKD 528 1954 Jagurar XKC 403 1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Coupe - Best in Class, American Classic (1932 - 1934) 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, Most Elegant Mercedes-Benz Award


Sights and Sounds of the Concours



2017 Amelia Island        There are several auctions held during Amelia Island Auction Week. Here are the highlights from three of the auction houses.



*The 2017 Concours was held on Saturday, March 11 instead of Sunday because of impending inclement weather.