Concours Recap: Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari Named Best In Show

This year's weather cooperated well for those in attendence
Rock star John Oates of Hall & Oates curated the“Cars of the Rock Stars” collection
The "Indy Innovations" class showcased the most unique race cars to grace the brickyard

Beautiful weather gave way to some of the rarest cars on the planet this past weekend at the 24th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Jacky Ickx—winner at Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona, Can-Am, Formula 1, and Paris-Dakar—was chosen as the Honoree for this year’s Concours.

The 2019 Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance Trophy was awarded to the rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier. Owned by the Keller Collection at the Pyramids, the 540K is one of only 761 examples known to have existed in the world, and was purpose-built from 1934-1939 to utilize Germany’s new Autobahn highways.

The 2019 Best in Show, Concours de Sport Trophy was awarded to the race-proven 1957 Ferrari 355 S. Starting life as a 290 MM, this Ferrari was upgraded with, among other things, a 360 horsepower V-12 that led to multiple victories over three seasons. During that time, the car was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, Phill Hill, Stirling Moss, and many other legendary drivers.

Also of note were new classes including a specially curated collection of cars owned or associated with musicians by John Oates of Hall & Oates, a “Heads of State” class dedicated to cars owned by dignitaries from Kings to Dictators to Popes, a distinct fleet of Ferrari 250 GTSWB’s,” and a Custom Coachwork Volkswagen class, among many others.

The Amelia Island Concours also teamed up with HistoricRacingNews.com to live stream the festivities—a first for the event.

Did you attend the 2019 Amelia Island Concours de Elegance? Tell us your experience in the comments below.

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Danny Shields
Danny Shields HalfDork
3/14/19 1:43 p.m.

This was a fabulous event! The whole concours week in Amelia Island just seems to get bigger and better every year. We took our humble Boxster S to the Porsche Werks Reunion on Friday, and the Cars and Coffee on Saturday, then wandered around the Concours on Sunday, gawking at the rare and spectacular cars.  Even the program book was great, with excellent stories on many of the featured cars, and a list of judges that reads like a "Who's Who" of the collector car community.

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