And The Rest
Maseratis were thin on the ground, as apart from the ”Birdcage” there was only one other
example, this being a superb 450 S entered by Bruce McCaw. There were other
examples of Italy’s sporting heritage, including an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM, a 1952
Stanguellini 1100 Sport plus a 1959 Formula Junior car from the same manufacturer, a
1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM, and a Bizzarrina 7000 GT.
The range of other marques was truly eclectic, naturally they were predominantly
American, although there were examples of Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Delage,
Delahaye, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce and Voisin, to name but a few, with even a class
for hot rods. Porsche racing cars had their own class, and looked very attractive with
examples of 904 GT, 906, 907, 908, 917, 956 and 962 models on display. The award for
the most audacious exterior went to a lurid orange Boano bodied Lincoln Indianapolis,
that was first shown at the 1955 Turin Salon, this was a really wild looking creation and
fully justified its ”honour”.
The Amelia Island Concours is one of those events where you think that it can’t possibly
get any better the next time, but always seems to surprise with the array of fine
automobiles presented under the Florida Spring sun.