|Prototype Cadillac Not Seen In Decades Coming To Amelia|
|For the first time in 64 years the first Cadillac to wear the name 'Coupe de Ville' will make a public appearance. The site for this historic re-debut is the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 10, 2013. Charlie Wilson was the CEO of General Motors from 1946 through 1953 and President Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense from 1953 through 1957. When Wilson left GM in 1953, the corporation gave him an extraordinary gift honoring his long service. What he got was the original Cadillac prototype Coupe De Ville by Fleetwood, the rarest of General Motors Transportation Unlimited Exhibition show cars. Just four different prototypes were built. Only one survives: 'Engine Charlie's' Coupe de Ville. Wilson drove it during his tenure as Secretary of Defense. This first Coupe de Ville was a radical departure from Cadillac's showroom offerings of the Forties. Powered by a new 331 cubic inch engine -- GM's first overhead valve V-8 -- and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, the prototype Coupe de Ville took two months and $30,000 (1949-dollars) to build. The de Ville featured GM's first one piece curved windshield, and rode on a 133 inch wheelbase, seven inches longer than Cadillac's production coupes. Inside was a two-way radio/telephone, power windows (even the vent windows were powered), power seats, chrome wheel arches, a three-piece rear window, lipstick holder, perfume atomizer, a back seat secretarial kit and leather seats and trim, The de Ville was the star of GM's 1949 Waldorf Astoria Transportation Unlimited show. 'I have many cars but the Coupe de Ville restoration has been the most exciting. This will be the first time in 64 years the oldest surviving Motorama Dream Car will be displayed publically,' said Steve Plunkett. 'What's interesting is Eagle Ottawa has been a supplier of leather to the Big Three for generations and 64 years later they're supplying the project again.' About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'The Amelia' draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida's First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.|
|Amelia Island Concours PreviewThe events happening prior to the Amelia Island Concours included The Porsche Driving Experience, Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour, Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit, Test Drives, Auctions, and so much more. As the show cars, exhibitions, and enthusiasts descending upon the Amelia Island area, a plethora of automotive art can be found everywhere. Here is but a few of those sights. Enjoy the preview.....|
| ALEXANDER CALDER BMW ART CAR HIGHLIGHTS CLASS OF BMW 3.0CSLS AT 2014 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE◾BMW-Powered McLaren F1 GTR featured in class of McLaren cars|
◾BMW Group Classic display includes the David Hobbs 320 Turbo race car as well as BMW M1 and first generation M3 and 3 Series Convertible
◾All-new BMW i8 Sports Car and M4 Coupe also Highlighted
◾BMW Technology Award to recognize the best example of cutting edge technology in its day
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 7, 2014 . . . The very first BMW Art Car, a BMW 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, will be a....
| INFINITI SPONSORS MEDIA CENTER AT 2014 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE• Infiniti Pavilion Display to Feature 2014 Product Line and Specially Designed 2014 Q60 Convertible Celebrating Bobby Unser's 1968 Indianapolis 500 Win|
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – For the fourth consecutive year, Infiniti will support the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance by sponsoring the Media Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island March 7-9, 2014.
Infiniti's impressive Pavilion Display will share space at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach as more than 300 vintage, ....
| JACKIE COOPER'S FERRARI 410 SUPERAMERICA HEADED TO AMELIAFilm and TV star Jackie Cooper's 1956 Pininfarina Ferrari 410 Superamerica will anchor the 'Ferrari Production 1950-1964' class at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.|
The year 1956 was a good one for Ferrari, on and off the track. The Modenese firm won both the Formula 1 and the World Sportscar Championships in 1956. As a bonus, the Italian marque won Enzo Ferrari's favorite race, the open road Mille Miglia, a brutal 1000 mile high speed lap of the Italian peninsula.