To put it plainly, these cars are basically priceless, wonderfully vintage and desperately cool – or, put another way, just more reasons to rue the fact that you don’t have a trust fund. But looking’s still cheap, isn’t it?
That’s the basic premise of a Concours d’Elegance – the wealthy (or very lucky) have the opportunity to parade their pride and joy around in what’s essentially a beauty pageant for cars, while the adoring public looks on in a mix of ecstasy and jealousy. Much like an actual beauty pageant, then.
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is basically Florida’s version of California’s Pebble Beach – a congregation of some of the very finest and most expensive cars that the automotive world has to offer, driven by men in linen trousers and watched by men in denim jeans.
Highlights of the 2017 Amelia Island event included RM Sotheby’s auctioning off a Fiat 8V Supersonic (one of the prettiest cars of all time) for £1.13m, as well as a wonderful display of Jaguar D-Types, Iso Grifos, Nissan racing cars – including the Prince R380 – an original Morgan, Saleen, XJ220… actually, it might be best if you just have a look yourself, no?