One of the most wonderful things, and there are many, about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is that you never know who you might meet there. Old friends from way back, cool car guys, automotive luminaries, celebrities, famous race drivers, they’re all out walking the grassy Florida fairways with the rest of us. Continue reading
A Triumph TR3 was the first sports car in which I ever rode, and the most indelible memory is how the car was so low and the doors cut away so much that I could easily reach down and touch the pavement. Well, that memory and the one about the lovely driver, a friend of my mom’s named Brenda, was such that my 12-year-old brain was pretty much overwhelmed by the entire experience of riding along the New Jersey shoreline with a gorgeous blonde in a British sports car.
So naturally, the Pick of the Day holds a special place in my heart: a 1961 Triumph TR3A roadster painted Sky Blue and described by the seller as a rust-free original in superb restored condition. Continue reading
A collective sigh of relief rose across Amelia Island on Saturday as the last hammer fell on the five classic car auctions that crowd the three days running up to the concours d’elegance on Sunday.
After the fairly flat sales results that came out of Scottsdale in January, the Amelia Island sales rang up strong numbers that assuaged fears about the health of the marketplace while also establishing the annual Florida automotive festival as a leading venue for selling high-end collector cars. Continue reading
The exuberance of the 1950s, when folks were moving to the suburbs and all things seemed possible, can be summed up with such cars as this gigantic station wagon with tailfins.
Today’s vehicles are all about trim styling and efficient performance, so the Pick of the Day seem might like some outlandish dinosaur. But big wagons have turned hip, making such baroque barges as this 1957 Plymouth Suburban look just as cool now as they did when they rumbled out of Virgil Exner’s Chrysler styling division. Continue reading
Two coachbuilt cars from far ends of the spectrum took home best-of-show honors Sunday from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, capping off a well-attended event that was hurried along because of the looming threat of thunderstorms. Continue reading
In most places, Cars and Coffee events are local affairs that attract car buddies to meet up on a Saturday morning and show off their rides.
But this is Amelia Island Concours weekend, so everything automotive is bigger and grander. On Saturday, the annual Cars and Coffee at the Concours brought together car clubs and collectors from throughout the region to participate in a free show at The Golf Club of Amelia Island, where the exclusive Concours d’Elegance would be held the following day. Continue reading
The rumor mill was churning before the sale Friday of comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s cars at Gooding & Company on Amelia Island, Florida. The 16 spectacular Porsches and two modest Volkswagens were in stunning condition, either impeccably restored or strikingly original, so there was quite a bit of value in the room even without the Seinfeld ownership.
But how would the celebrity cachet of Seinfeld, well-known as a discerning collector of Porsches as well as a mega TV star, effect the bidding? Would it spike the values exponentially as has happened before with cars once owned by Steve McQueen, or the recent sale of Janet Joplin’s psychedelically painted Porsche 356, which went through the roof? Continue reading
David Gooding was all smiles Thursday as he ambled through the tents of his company’s Amelia Island collector car auction, where about 80 vintage vehicles beckoned to onlookers.
The seventh annual Gooding & Company sale is dominated this year by Jerry Seinfeld’s consignment of 16 glorious Porsches and two early-’60sVolkswagens from his personal collection. Auction watchers are waiting with anticipation to see how the celebrity ownership effects the values of his cars, many of them already rare and highly desirable models in pristine condition. Continue reading
If you’re following the collector car auctions going on this week in and around Amelia Island, Florida, then the hefty prices being paid for exotic cars are likely making your eyes cross. I know they’re doing that to mine.
But if you still crave some swoopy European sports car, the Pick of the Day could fill the bill without causing too much financial pain: a 1988 Lotus Esprit with an asking price just under $30,000. That’s a far cry from the scary six- and seven-figure results for some of those auction cars. Continue reading
Porsche’s “Rolling Museum” hits the road again this spring, taking classic sports and racing cars from the automaker’s Stuttgart collection to some of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.
Starting with two cars – a 1955 356 Speedster and a 1956 356 A coupe – in the 1,000-mile California Mille from April 24-28, the Porsche Museum will have a presence at such international events as the Targa Florio Classica in Sicily, the Ennstal Classic in Austria and the Top City Rally in China. Continue reading