by Mike –
This Sunday, March 10 will be my first visit to the world famous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and it is about time.
Here are some of the special features this year (in addition to my attendance):
50th anniversary of Lamborghini
Lamborghini will bring the rare Miura Roadster from Switzerland – the only Miura roadster made by the factory. It was introduced at the 1968 Brussels auto show.
50th anniversary of the Porsche 911
The most popular sports car in history celebrates 50 years.
Below is a quote from an old Porsche press release:
In the early 1960s, Porsche prepared to introduce a new model that would eventually replace its venerable 356. Over the years, several early design and engineering studies were built, based in part on 356 principles.
As production of the new model approached, Porsche reserved ten consecutive “replacement chassis” numbers for pre-production cars. Factory records show that only four numbers were actually assigned to bodies. Of the four cars built, only one is still known to exist – chassis number 13327, the vintage Porsche on display at the New York International Automobile Show.
This Porsche 901 prototype chassis No. 13327 is owned by my friend, Don Meluzio and both Don and this special Porsche will be at Amelia Island.
The type 754 “T7″, prototype will also be there. Fortunately Ferry Porsche didn’t like the full 4 seater design and it was converted to 2+2, giving it the shape that would become a huge success.
50th anniversary of the Ford GT40
Ford GT40s won The 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 ending a decade and a half of Ferrari dominance in the 24 hour French endurance race. The GT40 also won the 1966 and 1968 International Championship of Makes. The Ford GT40 is one of the most successful race cars in history.
Several other special cars will be there and I hope to get many photos and stories for future issues of My Car Quest. Plus I expect to have fun.
If Amelia Island is like this every year I may have to go back.
A lot of great car stuff happened in 1963!
If you plan to be at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance let us, and me, know in the Comments.
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