Now in its 20th year, the Amelia Island Concours has established itself as one of the highest caliber concours in the United States as well as the premiere East Coast classic car show. Simultaneously, the event’s fairly small scale – self-contained on the grounds surrounding the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton hotel – makes it a much more manageable weekend than the traffic-stuffed hustle and bustle that the Monterey Historic Week has become. Here are ten of our favorite featured cars straight from the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.
1958 Aston Martin DBR/1
Not only is the DBR/1 among the most gorgeous of all the 1950s sports racers, it was also among the most successful in international competition. This particular car had mixed success, retiring at the 1958 Targa Florio, but winning in the same year at the Nürburgring with Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham at the wheel. It would go on to be driven to varied results by Carroll Shelby and Jim Clark.
1985 Porsche 959 Rally Car
While official production of the road-going 959 hadn’t yet started in 1985, the company was well into the development of several prototypes. This car is one of three cars built for rallying, with all-wheel drive and a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine. It competed in the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally, but dropped out halfway through with a broken oil line. It is the only complete ex-Paris-Dakar 959 Rally in private ownership.
1970 Porsche 914/6 GT
While many dismissed the mid-engine Porsche 914 as a poseur Porsche due to the Volkswagen engine in base versions, several thousand 914/6 road cars were built with genuine Porsche flat-six engines in 911 T tune. This car is even rarer, a genuine factory racing car and one of three to finish 1-2-3 at the grueling, 86-hour-long Marathon de la Route super-endurance race at the Nurburgring in 1970.
1933 Dymaxion Car Recreation
Between 1933 and 1934, Buckminster Fuller managed to bring three examples of his utopian Dymaxion Car to production. With front-wheel drive, a rear-mounted Ford V-8, rear-wheel steering, and a unique teardrop shape, the Dymaxion was anything but conventional. Unfortunately, just one original example exists today. This car is an exacting replica that runs and drives.
1968 Lamborghini Muira
Yes, that’s legendary Lamborghini factory development driver Valentino Balboni standing by this stunning Miura at the Amelia Island Concours. We love this car for its outrageous and period-correct shade of green over the Bertone-styled body. Perhaps best known by the example that met its demise in the opening scene of The Italian Job, the Muira is now Lamborghini’s most sought-after classic.
1932 Highboy Roadster
There’s possibly a bar fight lurking behind the question of greatest hot rod ever. This Highboy Roadster built by Bob McGee would be well up in the discussion. This flathead-powered beast was featured on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in 1948 and, in 2014, on a stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupe Touring
This is likely the most famous racing BMW. The 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupe with its Touring bodywork has the company’s legendary 2.0-liter inline-6. In 1940, Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Baumer raced this car to a victory in Italy’s Mille Miglia, averaging 100 mph along the way.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale
Officially, this called a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale “Sperimentale,” but to many it is the 250 GTO prototype. Fitted with a Testa Rossa V-12, the car first raced at Le Mans in 1961, painted blue by Ferrari. In the 1962 Daytona 3-hour Continental race, Stirling Moss drove it to a class win and 4th overall.
1961 Ferrari 250 TRI/61
In the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans, Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien won by three laps in this Ferrari 250 TRi/61. Naturally the engine was the automaker’s famed V-12, the “I” in the name stood for independent suspension, and Fantuzzi crafted the twin-snout, Kamm-back bodywork.
1975 Lancia Stratos
Lancia’s Stratos is arguably the most iconic rally car ever, and possibly one of the most successful, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. The Stratos has mid-engine V-6 power from Ferrari, an exterior design penned by Marcello Gandini, and a stance that is pure aggression.