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Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Amelia Island celebrated its first annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 1996 with the legendary race car driver
Sir Stirling Moss
serving as the Honoree. Twenty years later, at the 2015 edition of
, Sir Stirling was once again selected as the Honoree, and honored for his achievements in motor racing and the tremendous legacy he continues to build upon. In celebration, attendees were treated to the presence of over 25 of Sir Stirling Moss' famous race cars, including the three Mercedes-Benz silver arrows he won with in 1955, marking the first time all three historic vehicles were displayed together.
More than 315 magnificent cars and motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2015 Concours, delighting attendees with a remarkable automotive display of style and heritage. This year Stutz was the featured marque. Highlights on the field included the presence of automotive history's most rare classic models: the BMW 328, a collection of 1940s wood-bodied Chrysler models, the Porsche 914 model in its rarest variations and a plethora of pre and post-war racecars. Also on display were a number of outside of the box car classes such as a rare Orphan Concept class including the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer, 'Cars of the Cowboys' highlighting legendary western themed vehicles from TV and film and a 'World Rally Car' class. In addition, a 'Hot Rods: East Meets West' car class delighted car fans by highlighting the differences between East Coast and West Coast customizers and classic Hot Rod styling.
class was comprised of six concept cars from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. The word 'Orphan' was in reference to the marque of a motor vehicle that has discontinued business entirely. The cars in this class were from DeSoto, Hudson, Packard, Mercury, and Pontiac (although Mercury and Pontiac's parent company still exist, they are still considered 'Orphans'). GM Styling produced an X-400 Concept nearly every year from 1959 through 1964. Of those, only the 1960 and 1963 X-400 have survived. Making its first public restoration appearance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours was the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix X-400 Concept. Sitting next to the Mercury Concept was the Packard Predictor Concept, one of the company's last triumphs. The Predictor's design is credited to Richard Teague and it was built on a stock Clipper chassis by Ghia. Ghia completed the project in an amazing 90 days, just in time for the Predictor to debut at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. It was created to 'gauge public opinion on concepts in product improvement and advancement under study by Packard-Clipper product planners,' according to company officials. 'The Predictor is not a dream car, nor is it next year's Packard.' Instead, the Predictor 'offers a realistic approach to functional styling'. The 1954 Mercury Monterey XM-800 Concept, awarded 'Best in Class' by the judges, was conceived by Mercury's Pre-Production Studio, headed at the time by John Najjar and built by Creative Industries of Detroit in 1953. It introduced previously unseen styling cues in Ford products: fins, Frenched headlamps, canted windshield pillars and sail panels, clean sides with concealed wheels and a hint of emerging technologies in the fiberglass body and fully chrome-plated fiberglass bumpers. Many styling cues appeared on the Lincoln Ford Mercury products in subsequent years.
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