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Gallery: the Amelia Island Concourse

  1. If you’re not already familiar, the Floridan Amelia Island Concourse is on Amelia Island, which is in Florida. And every year on this little atoll, many wealthy people drive extremely shiny, extremely expensive classics to compare them with one another and argue about compression ratios.

    And this year, there was - as is required for these events - a THEME. Or rather several. BMW noted that it was 40 years since the first of its Art Cars, and displayed them in a light box, though, infuriatingly, covered them up. Then there was the 100th anniversary of defunct carmaker American Underslung, and the 50th anniversary of McLaren. All celebrated with cars in their own corner of the display field, which was a golf course in the island’s laa-de-daa Ritz-Carlton hotel complex.

    On top of that lot, there were also a few auctions. Which revealed not only that it’s very difficult to exchange a reasonable amount of money for a fairly ordinary classic car (1971 Mini Moke for £30,000, anyone?), but also that the BMW 507 is getting pricey - a 1958 example set a new auction record when it sold for $2,420,000.

    Also, there was the usual compliment of champagne-doused soirees and guest appearances - even Jochen Mass turned up. There was something called the James Edition Midway too. Presumably it was very slow.

    Now click on for the shiniest, expensivest classics you’ll have seen in Florida this weekend.

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  2. Seems like an appearance in Wolf of Wall Street’s nudged up values - this Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole sold for a massive $319,000.

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  3. BMW went to the trouble of displaying its art cars in an illuminated box at night. Then, er, covering them up. Don’t worry though - you can see our comprehensive gallery here. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  4. American concourse competitions are a little less rigorous when it comes to letting in modified cars, as evidenced by this extremely orange 1932 Ford coupe. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  5. McLaren wasn’t the only marque representing our mossy island in Florida. This delicious XK Jaguar also hit the concourse lawn. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  6. This is one of the original 19 factory CSL racers. Considerately un-covered by BMW…

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  7. Is this Francisco Scaramanga’s Shelby Mustang?

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  8. Enjoy shooting brakes like this one? Here are more of the very best

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  9. Didn’t know what we were talking about when we mentioned American Underslung? This is one, and it’s from 1914.

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  10. Weird coachwork abounds at Amelia. This body comes courtesy of Ghia, who also gave us this…

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  11. This 1956 Diablo/Dart Chrysler concept makes us want to live in an old-timey vision of the future. A bit like this one. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  12. This is an original Fiat Multipla-based Eden Roc yacht tender by Pininfarina. And we want it very much.

  13. This Porsche 917 NAILED 2014’s Racecar Limbo event. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  14. Bet you can’t guess what this is…

    Nope.

    Nope.

    Nope.

    It’s a Lambo. Specifically, the Islero coupe. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  15. Old is the new new, it seems. We like it. 

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  16. McLaren celebrated its 50th by bringing along a very modern 12 C…

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  17. …and a slightly older, but considerably more terrifying F1 GTR.

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  18. Brass buttons - an essential part of judging concourse events.  

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

  19. Excuse us while we have a slight crisis, but this is a McLaren-BMW 320i…

    Pictures: Deremer Studios

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