Dante Giacosa (1905-1996), Il Mago di Torino. The Wizard of Turin.

In the United States, it is generally true bigger is better.  Be it stores, televisions, houses, or most anything else you can conceive of, larger is better.  It is often hard to appreciate the world of the small, when we are surrounded by heft and bulk of a massive scale.  Think of the last walk […]

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Part 3, Amelia Island Week. Concours Day, Sunday, March 15.

This was my first time attending the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in perhaps 15 years.  I have to say I was amazed at the size of the crowds.  They were overwhelmingly large in comparison to such events as Cavallino I attended earlier in the year.  As such, rather less to my taste. But this day I got a unique treat courtesy of a dear friend of mine, that being relatively little of the day spent photographing cars, but instead time spent photographing her.  I only wish some more of the photos I took came out, and that I had better photographic skill….sadly too many in number did not do justice to the subject and were discarded.  Fortunately, enough in my opinion did come out to make the event quite memorable.  Granted a few “just cars” got thrown in to the mix, but they weren’t the highlight at all.  At least not to me.

Photo courtesy Hilgram Photography
Photo courtesy Hilgram Photography




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Above Photo Courtesy Hilgram Photography
Thanks here go to Auctions America for granting the request to use their Crosley delivery van as a prop.

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Amelia Island Week — Cars and Coffee Saturday

This event took place on Saturday, and was far and away the best Cars and Coffee event I’ve ever attended.  Definitely nothing comparable have I seen.  Every conceivable category of car was there, in many ways it was more impressive than the concours the following day in terms of the cars on display.  It was much […]

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Amelia Island Week: A Photographic Tour, RM Auctions

The Amelia Island Concours and its related events are something every car lover must see at least once.  Originally organized as an alternative to the West Coast Pebble Beach events by former Road and Track photographer Bill Warner as a charity event 25 + years ago, the Amelia Concours has now become about as big as the Pebble event in many ways.  There are few automotive gatherings like it, and I honestly think that the Saturday Cars & Coffee event is not easy to match anywhere in the depth of quality of cars on display.  Disclosure: I hope to be there with my car next year 🙂

Thursday & Friday:  Short drive from where I was staying for the week to the Ritz Carlton hotel + RM Auction Open Preview.  This auction took place on Saturday, and had a 100% sell through rate for a total of over $60 million in sales. There were other auctions over the next few days by Bonham’s and Gooding as well.  But these pictures are from the RM preview over Thursday and Friday.

On the way over on Thursday, I got to see the newspaper (FL Times Union of Jacksonville) photoshoot for the promotional newspaper ad for the show.  It featured these, James Campion’s Lancia rally car collection.

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1961 Monaco GP Painting
Jaguar XK 150
Jaguar E-Type Voltage Regulator
Jaguar E-Type Spyder
Rolls Royce 40/50 1912
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder
1956 Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari D50
Ferrari Boxer Gauge Cluster
Ferrari Boxer Engine
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Ferrari 212 Europa, $1.55 million

IMG_20150312_1427448001931 Alfa Romeo 8c 1750, one of the stars of the auction.  Sold for $2.42 million


1953 Eldorado and 1953 Buick Skylark


Bertone Siata 300BC Barchetta.  Basically a Fiat 1100 with a specialty body and larger carb.  Sold for $220k

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                                           1975 Porsche Carrera 2.7 MFI, $308k


RM indoor auction room


The notorious egg 😀


Model K Lincoln and Porsche 356.  $112k and $253k respectively


Mercedes 190SL.  Becoming an auction regular.  $165k

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1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII.  Channel your inner Bond.  $700k.  Lincoln KB Coupe is the green car off to the right.

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Japanese cars are becoming increasingly popular at auctions.  This shows the Toyota 2000GT ($880k) and the Datsun (Nissan) Fairlady Z (as called in the Japanese market, this is a Japan market car) $253k. I thought that the most astounding result of the entire auction.  These were utterly disposable cars in the 1970s.


Yes that is a Fiat 500C Topolino under the plastic sheet.  $52k.

MGTC What appeared a really nice MGTA.  $115k

And how better to finish off than a Lamborghini Miura SV.  This is the 4-valve per cylinder performance model, with many upgrades that made it much more usable and better handling.  $2.3 million. MiuraandFerrari Ferrari Daytona Spyder, Ferrari 400 Superamerica Spyder in background.  $2.3 million and $6.3 million respectively.  A 427 Shelby Competition Cobra can also be seen. That was 2.1 million. All cars and auction prices from the Amelia RM can be seen here.


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