The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours of Elegance was held on the beautiful grounds of the Ritz Carlton in Florida. This event kicked off the annual classic-car-show season and attracted around 24,000 spectators and almost 300 cars on display. This years event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40, Porsche 911 and Corvette Sting Ray.
The Ford GT40 had its own class at Amelia Island which consisted of 14 race cars. The highlight of the class was chassis number P/1075 which won the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans 24 hour. P/1075 is considered the most important Ford GT40 as only 2 cars in history have ever achieved such a goal. Other special cars at the event included the rare Lamborghini Miura Roadster and 1963 Corvette Rondine showcar with a steel body by Pininfarina.
Chevrolet launched their new seventh generation Corvette in coordination with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Corvette Sting Ray.
Both RM Auctions and Gooding conducted one-day sales at the Concours. The Goodings auction saw an amazing 28 million Dollars worth of sales with a 94% sale rate. Their big-sellers included:
RM Auctions top seller was a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coup which achieved USD 4,510,000. Unsurprisingly RM had a large array of American cars which included a Shelby Cobra 427 that went for USD 836,000. RM also sold a 1965 275 GTB for USD 1,375,000.00 as well as an interesting 1952 225 Sport Berlinetta Tuboscocca which raised USD 1,237,500.
Other classes at the Concours included the Harry Miller collection, BMW race cars, Concept Cadillacs, Ferrari and European Classic Pre-War cars. The Porsche class had a 1971 911 STR Safari, the 1973 Brumos Porsche 911 Carrera RSR that won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1984 Paris-Dakar Porsche 911 4x4.
The 2013 Amelia Island Concours of Elegance Best of Show award went to the 1936 Duesenberg SJ owned by Jack and Helen Nethercutt, while the Best of Show Concours de Sport was awarded to the 1968 Ford GT40 entered the Rocky Mountain Collection.