Classic Gems at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
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The 16th edition of the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is ready to begin tomorrow and blow our minds with some of the finest looking vehicles of all times. The event will take place between March 11-13 on the 10th and 18th fairways of Amelia Island’s Golf Club at Summer Beach. Here are some of the most precious classics that will be on display at the Concours d’Elegance.
1. 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car
This Plymouth Roadster was like nothing America had ever seen before, during the ‘60s. Designed by Virgil Exner, the Chief of Chrysler Styling, and built by Ghia for Chrysler, this precious gem features a Plymouth Slant Six with Hyperpak engine and a three-speed transmission. It can be considered a war veteran thanks to the secret basement garage that it was held in by the Shah of Iran during the Lebanon war. RM Classic Cars in Ontario, Canada, have carefully restored the 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car, and now it is ready to be admired again, for the first time in almost 50 years.
2. 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet
This Mercedes is special for a good reason: it was carefully built for Pope Paul VI. First presented in 1963 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, it featured the first V8 from Mercedes-Benz that could go from 0 to 62 mph in only 10 seconds. Three different popes had had the pleasure of using it until it was returned to the automaker’s headquarters in Stuttgart in 1985.
3. Mormon Meteor
Tomorrow, the Mormon Meteor will make its third appearance in 15 years at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It is also the first time that it will be shown to the public, after its major restoration which was completed two years ago. This vehicle was once as famous as today’s Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, because it was the fastest and the most powerful vehicle in the world in its time.