3/16/2017 - Amelia Island Concours Crowns Best in Show Winners
Jacksonville, FL -- A 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582 and 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider won the Best In Show honors March 11 at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance as the event took place a day earlier than originally scheduled due to inclement weather in Sunday's forecast.
A little wiggle from the weather couldn't dampen Amelia's BOS winners. photo: UnSeenImages.com
The competition drew more than 300 cars and motorcycles into 41 classes from 11 different countries. The vehicles were on exhibit on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.
The Duesenberg is owned by Terry Adderley. This particular model was produced in Indianapolis from 1929 until 1937; each of the chassis sold received custom coachwork built to the owner's specifications. Five Torpedo Phaetons were built to Gordon Buehrig's design, with this car one of the last two Torpedo Phaetons built by the A. J. Walker Company.
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider is from the Dano Davis Collection. Approximately 32 of the 2.9 chassis were made and it is believed only 12 are Touring Spiders, seven of which are the long chassis of this car. The car was imported to Brazil by amateur driver Mario Tavares Leite who won races with it in 1949 and 1950. After that, the car disappeared. Later, a Corvette engine was installed and the chassis modified. It's believed that the car traveled to Brazil from Argentina in the mid to late 1950s without the Touring body and with the Corvette V8 only to be reunited with the original Touring coachwork some four decades later.
Details on Best in Class winners will be available in the coming days.