2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Celebrates the Automobile

 



March 10, 2018 -- The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance (The Amelia) typically draws more than 300 classics from all across the country, as well as internationally. The high point of the Concours is the selection of the Best of Shows, Concours d'Elegance and Concours de Sport, but leading up to their unveiling, there's so many automobiles to see and appreciate - for their beauty, craftsmanship, historical significance, and rarity. No wonder these events are considered celebrations of the automobile. Here are some of the highlights of the show.

 

2018 Best of Show Duo
Concours de Sport: 1963 Ferrari 250/275P and Concours d'Elegance: 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible Big Daddy Roth's Beatnik Bandit Photo Bombed Best of Show Glamour Shot.  What a Rat Fink!

 

2018 Best of Show, Concours d'Elegance

This 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible is owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, OH.

1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible

 

2018 Best of Show, Concours de Sport

This 1963 Ferrari 250/275P is part of the JSL Motorsports Collection of Redwood City, CA.

1963 Ferrari 250/275 P

 

People's Choice and Other Award Winners
People's Choice: 1959 Ferrari 196S Dino 1972 Ferrari Daytona Custom Wagon 1928 Auburn 8-115 Boattail Speedster 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt 1976 Porsche 935/76 1965 Aston Martin DB5 1956 Corvette SR2 1949 Buick Roadmaster King Ranch 1968 Corvette L88 NART Racer 1908 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Saoutchik Cabriolet 1960 Plymouth XNR 1958 BMW 507 1938 Packard 1605 Convertible Sedan 1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster 1953 Buick Skylark

 

1968 Ford ‘Bullitt’ Mustang

One of the original 1968 Ford Mustang Fastbacks from the movie ‘Bullitt,’ and the only one known to still exist, was bought by a private owner, and was thought to be lost to the public forever. Throughout the years, its mystique contributed to its reputation as being the holy grail of the car-collector hobby. Decades later, this highly-coveted Mustang has be discovered, and it is making a comeback, first at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and now at the Amelia Island Concours.

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback

 

Shelby Lonestar

The only Shelby Lonestar was created a half-century ago as a replacement for the legendary 427 Shelby Cobra. Then, it couldn't pass U.S. safety regulations, so production was unable to continue. But, today after more than ten years of restoration the Shelby Lonestar made its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

1968 Shelby Lonestar

 

Concept Cars

Always crowd pleasers, Concept Cars, were windows into the future of personal travel, and today, they still capture the imaginations of the public, with their striking body shapes. Not only are they design marvels, but they're also true works of art.

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt 1960 Plymouth XNR 1956 Plymouth Plainsman 1954 Dodge Grenada 1966 Bosley Interstate Mark II

 

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Cars

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was a custom car designer and builder who was known for his landmark Beatnik Bandit, futuristic Orbitron and Surfite. The Roth Cars shown at the Concours came from the collections of Beau Boeckmann, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and National Automobile Museum.

Orbitron Surfite Beatnik Bandit I Outlaw Mysterion (Replica) Beatnik Bandit II Tweedy Pie Beatnik Bandit I Photo Bombed Best of Show Glamour Shot.  Rat Fink!

 

More Sights at the Concours

With so many beautiful and historic vehicles on the show field, there's never a shortage of photo opportunities. Here are just a few of the sights that made the 2018 Concours d’Elegance memorable.

1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster

 

 

 

2018 Amelia Island

Of the several auctions being held during the week of the Amelia Island Concours, here are highlights from three of the auction houses.