Concours season is now in full swing and the HVA is coming along for the ride! This past month we have given awards for both Automotive Heritage and Automotive Preservation at the Amelia Island and Boca Raton Concours d’Elegances to some very special vehicles!
Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance
This 1964 Mustang Convertible is one of three cars assembled during the first day of Mustang production to be used as the Official Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars. This car in particular had its engine swapped for a detuned 289 engine (built for the GT40) with 450hp, along with an upgraded cooling and suspension system. This car, owned by Bruce Weiss, took home our National Automotive Heritage Award.
Taking home our award for Automotive Preservation was this 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche Drophead which remains in all-original, non-restored condition under its third owner Edward Lazzarin. With less than 7,000 miles covered, this Rolls Royce was one of the last small bumper Corniche Dropheads built and has been kept in immaculate condition.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
For Amelia Island we presented our National Automotive Heritage Award to this custom bodied 1956 Cadillac used for Presidential motorcades during the Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. The Cadillac was built to have secret service members ride on the running boards during parades and had special mounts in the rear seating for quick access to rifles. This specific car was the follow car during the infamous parade in which John F Kennedy was assassinated.
This 1909 International Motor Surrey High Wheeler, owned by the Swigart Museum, took home our award for Automotive Preservation for being 110 years old and remaining in original condition. The International “auto buggy” was created to meet the demand in rural areas for an inexpensive horseless carriage and only took four months to go from prototype to production.
With featured marques such as the Porsche 962, Cars of Royalty/Leaders, and with six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx as the honoree, it was another incredible year for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance! We captured the madness and the amazing cars that make up the Florida weekend that kicks off the Concours circuit so enjoy our photo gallery below!