Impressive Amelia Island Concours that became a moveable feast

Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past the appreciative crowd | Bob Golfen photos
Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past appreciative onlookers | Bob Golfen photos

(Editor’s note:  This is Part 1 of ClassicCars.com’s report and photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  See Part 2 on Sunday) 

The story of the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will always be how leader Bill Warner and his crew nimbly managed to move this monumental event ahead one day, from Sunday to Saturday, and at the last minute when it became obvious that Sunday would be a washout, weatherwise.

With more than 300 vintage and historic automobiles heading to northeastern Florida from all over, plus the host of associated stands, vendors and displays, it seemed like some kind of miracle when the renowned concours appeared fully formed early Saturday on the fairways of The Golf Course of the Ritz-Carlton Resort. Continue reading

First Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island scores big time

A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the  Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos
A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos

Porsche fanatics are a competitive bunch, and not just in racing. So, after watching three years of West Coast success for the Porsche Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week, the East Coast contingent of the Porsche Club of America decided to have its own gathering of the faithful on Amelia Island during Florida’s car extravaganza.

The inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island took place Friday on a golf-course fairway at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, just south of where Gooding & Company held its upscale collector car auction at the same time, including a number of choice Porsche cars for sale. Later in the day, the Amelia Island auction that sponsored the Werks Reunion, Hollywood Wheels, would hold a sale of desirable Porsches. Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale

The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos
The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos

Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry. Continue reading

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia sale

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos
The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history. Continue reading

1981 Lancia Beta champion racer returns to its Florida roots

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos

A Le Mans-champion 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo returns to Florida to make its international concours debut March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

One of the last Group 5 Beta works racers produced, chassis 1009 began its competition career at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona, but its run was cut short around midnight when the high-strung engine dropped a valve, forcing the Lancia out of the race. Continue reading

Aston Martins, Lancia Spider star at Gooding Amelia Island sale

The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding
The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding

Three thoroughbred collector cars, one from Italy and two from Great Britain, highlight Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10 in the northern Florida resort community.

The British cars are both Aston Martins, including a historic 1949 DB MkII coupe that was the personal car of company owner David Brown. Continue reading

Reborn Alvis to be on display at London Classic Car Show

The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos
The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos

Fifty years after it stopped building cars, the famed British brand Alvis has returned with a series of continuation models that celebrate the marque’s road and racing successes of the past. These cars, and the historic originals that inspired them, will be shown February 23-26 during the London Classic Car Show.

Among the vintage Alvis cars on display will be a stunning 1966 Graber-bodied TF21 and a 1937 4.3 drophead coupe (convertible) with Lancefield coachwork. Both of these cars are being replicated for Alvis customers. Continue reading

Top Porsche models at no reserve in RM Sotheby’s Paris auction

The all-black is a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 one of just 17 built  | RM Sotheby's
The all-black is a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 one of just 17 built | RM Sotheby’s

The Porsche parade moves on to Paris as RM Sotheby’s auctions off 13 sports cars from the German marque, part of a private collection representing a variety of years and types, all at no reserve. The Porsches are the first wave from a 42-car Swiss collection that the auction house plans to dole out at various auctions this year.

With Porsche values remaining in the upper atmosphere, RM Sotheby’s has scheduled a significant number of them for its February 8 sale that takes place during the famed Retromobile festival. Besides the 13 cars from the collection, the auction will feature a 1970 Porsche 917/10 prototype endurance racer with competition history. The car is valued between $5 million and $6 million. Continue reading