Gallery: the Amelia Island Concourse
The nicest classics from Florida’s annual festival of Very Nice Classics
Posted: 10 Mar 2014
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.