For nearly two-decades the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has drawn the most extraordinary automobiles from around the world. As one of the premier global automotive events for 2014, the “Amelia” is expected to once again attract over 250 of the most stunning examples of automotive craftsmanship anywhere. Scheduled for March 7 through 9, 2014 at the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, the annual Concours d’Elegance event regularly transforms this quiet southern community into a respectful celebration of automobile heritage.
In addition to the regular auto show classifications, several special attractions are scheduled for this year’s event.
As part of this year’s Concours d’Elegance a tribute will be paid to the legendary Italian coach builder Corrozzeria Zagato. Known for their innovative aerodynamic designs, Zagato Milano coach builders have been associated with premier automotive manufacturing and competitive driving for over a century. Fine Italian, British, American, and Japanese sports cars have all worn the prestigious mark of the “Flying Z” signifying that the Zagato coach works designed and fabricated their bodies.
On March 9, 2014 nine rare and important Chrysler Concept Cars from the forties, fifties, and sixties will be presented together for the first time ever. These timeless concept vehicles helped to shape the future of automobile technology and design through implementation of principles and theories proven effective on the Bonneville Salt Flats during the land speed battles of the 1930s.
Included in the Chrysler Concepts is a two-passenger Thunderbolt roadster from the Driehaus Collection out of Chicago, Illinois and a dual cowl Newport from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Only five of the dual cowl Newports were ever built. Linda and Paul Gould will also display their 1956 Diablo/Dart. This car featured aerodynamic innovation so advanced that it is regarded as exemplary, even by today’s standards. With a coefficient of drag that is a mere 0.17, it is more aerodynamic than most pure racing cars.
Fred and Dan Kanter also plan to show their unrestored Hemi-powered 1958 Dual Ghia. Other Hemi-powered Concepts include Michael Schudorff’s 1952 Paris Auto Show Chrysler Ghia, Sam and Emily Mann’s 1952 New Yorker d’Elegance, and a 1954 Chrysler Le Comtesse, from Chrysler’s Corporate Collection of historical autos, that has been recently restored and has not been seen in public for over five decades.
Another Concept, frequently credited with being the inspiration for today’s line of Chrysler 300 sedans, the 1955 Chrysler Falcon from the Bortz Collection in Highland Park, Illinois will also be on display. It features a Hemi-engine that produces 375-horsepower (a figure unheard of for that era).
Additionally, a collection of photographs taken by Concours founder and Chairman Bill Warner will be on display. These photos were taken using the internationally famous Hasselblad camera during the National and World Motorsport Championships between the years of 1960 and 1979. The exhibit is designed to display not only the photography but also the camera. The Hasselblad is the perfect camera to capture both the action and the art of motorsports. Hasselblad will donate a luxury camera to be auctioned off for the benefit of Spina Bifida of Jacksonville. Since 1996 the Concours d’Elegance auto show has donated more than $2.25-million to local charities including: Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and Shop with Cops.