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Amelia Island Best of Show Winners, The Tour, Cars and Coffee

Updated with more images – The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance was held this past Sunday, March 13, 2016, on a lush fairway of the Golf Club of Amelia Island just in front of the seaside Ritz-Carlton hotel. Over 300 automobiles, racing cars and motorcycles made up an impressive display for both exhibitors and visitors to view during the day.

2016 Amelia Concours Pegaso and Rolls-Royce Best of Show winners

  • 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola – Brewster-bodied 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville.

The Best of Show Concours d’Elegance award went to a Brewster-bodied 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville owned by the Nethercutt Collection of Sylmar, California. A 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola from the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands was the New York Auto Show car in 1953, one of two built and the only one to survive. The bright yellow car with red-orange sidewall tires won the Best of Show Concours de Sport. Both cars can be seen above in the lead image.

2016 Amelia Concours1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola

  • 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola – Best of Show Concours de Sport.

1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola

The event begins on Thursday, the Eight Flags Road Tour for Concours entrants and their machines is on Friday with a public display of the cars and lunch in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Power Brokers Seminar was on Friday afternoon where six of the top racing engine builders from the past shared stories. The Cars & Coffee at the Concours is held on Saturday, and the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance the main attraction takes place on Sunday.

2016 Amelia Concours 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville

  • Brewster-bodied 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville.

We will be back with more coverage and photos in the near future, and for today, we have a series of images of the Road Tour and Cars & Coffee courtesy of the Concours taken by Nathan Deremer of Deremer Studios.

1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola Red-Orange tire sidewalls

  • 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola Red-Orange tire side walls.

2016 Amelia Concours 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola

  • Details of the hood and award ribbons.

2016 Amelia Concours Rolls-Royce Ascot Phaeton

  •  Rolls-Royce Ascot-bodied phaeton – Mid-1930s Mercedes.

1929 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton-2016 Amelia Island Concours

  • 1929 Packard dual-cowl phaeton at the Friday lunch stop and public display in Fernandina Beach.

1933 Lincoln KB Le Baron Conv. Coupe

  • 1933 Lincoln KB V-12 Le Baron-bodied convertible coupe.

1930s Cadillac Goddess Ornament

  • Mid-1930s Cadillac Goddess Mascot.

Skarknosed Graham on the Amelia Island Tour

  • Sharknosed Graham with coachwork by Saoutchik.

2016 Amelia Island Concours

  • Above a 1954 Cadillac “Eldorado” convertible.
  • View of the field below at the Saturday Cars & Coffee at the Concours.

Amelia Island Cars and Coffee

21 responses to “Amelia Island Best of Show Winners, The Tour, Cars and Coffee

  1. This Pegaso (Tea Rose) had the “base” 2.5 liter dohc all alloy dry sump V8 (with desmodromic valve actuation of the sodium filled valves in a hemispheric chamber) and up to an advertised 175hp. Upgraded performance was available from either the 2.8 or 3.2 liter variants. The purchaser could mix and match multiple carburetion (twin Weber 4 barrels or quad Weber two barrels) and the single or compound(!) supercharged options. A choice of compression ratios was also available to accommodate different fuel qualities. Up to 355 hp was available.

    The rest of the chassis and running gear was equally advanced. The 5 speed transaxle rides behind the ZF type limited slip differential. Torsion bars, and so on.

    Does anyone else see hints of the Ferrari 250 SWB Breadvan or even a Corvette?

  2. Pegaso cars are amazing. They were built by Apprentices at Pegaso who was a large truck and bus manufacturer. Imagine if Kenworth or Peterbilt had such a program in the US.

    • With a program like Pegaso had and a technical manager such as Wifredo Ricart (an important earlier project of his was the Alfa Romeo Tipo 512* of the early 1940s) that’s the kind of thing that makes you wonder what if Cummins or another American company had been interested had been serious about GP racing in the late prewar or early postwar years.

      *Ricart and Gioacchino Colombo along with Luigi Bazzi** produced a mid-engined compound supercharged 1.5 liter flat 12 designed to compete with the Auto Union and Mercedes Grand Prix racers. Reportedly with a tested output in excess of 350 hp…

      ** Bazzi was working for Scuderi Ferrari in the mid 1930s when he and Enzo Ferrari collaborated on the Alfa Romeo Bimotore (Two 3.165 liter supercharged straight eights-one in front of the driver, and another behind the driver) which, while it was an unsuccessful evolutionary dead end, it was arguably the first true Ferrari ever built. The Bimotore verified that larger and heavier with more horsepower in a conventional layout was not competitive with the Silver Arrows (Auto Union & Mercedes) due to excessive fuel consumption and tire wear. After the war Enzo Ferrari went a different direction.

      • Maybe if Zora Arkus Duntov had worked for Cummins or International Harvester we could have had an exotic American sports car built by the apprentices!! It is fun to fantasize!

  3. Leonard, Your comment and others have been deleted today.

    At times, we post photos showing an owners vehicle, or a facility, museum or images by one of the many photographers we are fortunate to work with. The rule of thumb here is do not say anything that you would not say about the vehicle, facility or photograph in person to the owner or whoever created it. Just because you don’t like the color of a vehicle, its tires or top is not a reason to leave a negative comment. Be polite because negative and nasty comments are a waste of your time and ours and will be deleted.

    Read the article “Changes Dealing with Comments and the Comment Box” at: which contains a lot of information about commenting on The Old Motor.

  4. The color on the Pegaso is perfect. Can’t imagine any other color adding so much to the unusual design. Thanks for the pictures.

  5. Great photos!

    The second picture (the Pegaso & the R-R) could be titled ‘the Dowager & the Chorus Girl’.
    Like Marie Dressler & Jean Harlow in the movie ‘Dinner At Eight’.

    Love the Saoutchik Sharknose too!

  6. Just a couple of questions about the Pegaso. It’s an intriguing design and a shame Pegaso did not stay long in the automotive market.

    Were the chassis and mechanicals the same as a production Z-102?
    Was the body/interior designed & built in-house or was the work done by someone else?

    • The Pegaso is an interesting car, but the price was something like $18,000 when you could buy a Jaguar 120 for $3500, and most of them had less than 200 hp. Less than 100 were made, probably at a loss, to the Spanish government. There were several body styles, Touring , Saoutchik and others. Ricart was an interesting designer, l but he was doomed at Alfa because he was not Italian. I don’t think any of his complex racing engine designs ever won a GP, and in racing, results matter.

  7. negative and nasty comments are not the same. its hard to have a conversation about anything without both sides of a view. otherwise you are controlling the conversation.

    • John, Thanks for your reply and I hear what you are saying, I am not trying to control the discussion in anyway, but I have to draw the line somewhere. See:

      The rule of thumb here is to not say anything about a car that you would not in person to the owner.

      Ninety-five percent of our readers are pleasant, willing to help, are APPRECIATED and leave comments that benefit everyone.

      Unfortunately the other five percent do not have any common courtesy and feel that they can leave negative and unbelievably rude comments about anything they feel like. Most do not use their full name and many times make up fake names and email addresses.

      • David,

        I rarely comment, but six of my local old car friends (we are all retired) get together every morning for coffee and look at the latest on The Old Motor and talk about it. We all agree with your statements above. The old and proper saying goes something like ” If you don’t have anything good to say about something the best thing to do is say nothing”

        Keep up the EXCELLENT work.

    • I looked at a “Sharknose” that was for sale at a swap meet a few years back. the headlights and the trim around them was missing. I remember thinking “THOSE” are going to be hard to find! You either Love or Hate them!

  8. Can you imagine how WILD that Pegaso looked at the auto show? That must have knocked some socks off in 1953, and it’s still doing it today. I’m also digging the Graham and the Lincoln in this series of photos, but I certainly wouldn’t kick any of these cars out of the garage. 🙂

  9. I am curious about the red sidewall tires on the Pegaso… I would assume the car was originally equipped with such.

    The current set appear to have been created from repro Goodyear “All-Weather” diamond tread WWW tires… the ribbed sidewalls are the give-away. 😉 ( Stated in the spirit of observation, not criticism.)

    When I was getting my 1941 De Soto De Luxe back on the road in 1997, I sprung for a set of WWW All-Weather 6.50-16 diamond treads ( from Sears !), just like the ones pictured in the shop manual.

    I wish that they would reproduce Goodyears of a similar vintage and sidewall that had a more-or less “straight” rib tread. The Diamonds really “sing” on hard-surface roads… 🙂

  10. DECADES before the Pegaso other than White colored side walls were offered as an accessory, in the USA. I find it interesting that ONLY two of these LARGER CLASSIC CARS HAD STEERING CONTROLLED driving lamps !!! Most of the larger cars had more than adequate Generating Capability to maintain the System’s Battery Voltage, while using these important for dark road driving (authentic) accessories!!! Example: 1931 Cadillac V-16 (with Northeast Electric STARTER / GENERATOR unit). Edwin Winet.

  11. The ’54 Eldorado is the exact duplicate of the car my father taught me to drive in. The guys laughed at me for driving an “old man’s car”, but the girls loved it in the summer with the top down!

  12. Dad took me to the 1952 New York Auto Show and the yellow Pegaso was my favorite. I recall it’s paint was not just one shade of yellow plus it didn’t have the red wall tires. That car along with my first sighting of the Phantom Corsair at an early AACA meet in Bedford Sprints, PA , around the same year, led to my wanting to be an automobile stylist.

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