• Dec 12th 2009 at 3:37PM
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For the past fourteen years, Florida's Amelia Island has been putting on a little Concours d'Elegance. And we mean little as in quantity (about 250 cars), not quality. Take last year's winner, for example: a 1931 Voisin C20 Demi-Berline, which, along with the Daimler Double Six 50 and Bentley 8 holds the title for most intimidating-yet-beautiful pre-war car. And to celebrate the Concours' 15th year, Amelia Island's got something nifty up its sleeve.

You are looking at... Well, you see, we don't know what it is you're looking at. However, we do know it's a roadster from the 1940s that was "conceived and built by a widely-respected and distinguished automotive engineer." And really, that's all we have. Any guesses? Obviously, you're looking at the before pics. The powers that be claim that they'll send us the after shots, which follow a multi-zillion-dollar ground-up from the chassis plate restoration, in a couple of days. As to what it actually is, commence guessing. The press release follows after the jump.

[Source: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance]


The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance celebrates its 15th anniversary with this strikingly beautiful and historic roadster originally conceived and built by a widely-respected and distinguished automotive engineer. First constructed in the late 40s, this stunning creation will be fully restored and will make its way onto the "field of dreams" for the 15th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, March 12-14, 2010. Take a guess if you dare, at what this silver creation might be! Additional information coming soon...

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the nation's most innovative vintage auto events featuring nearly 250 rare classics from seldom-seen private collections worldwide. The show will be held at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show's foundation has donated nearly $1.6 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. since 1996. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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        • 5 Years Ago
        Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

        We have a winner!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just finished watching Gone in 60 Seconds and I swear this body is sitting outside of the garage as Cage drives away in the 67 at the very last scene. I had to search for this darn post...

      Anyone with a Blu-Ray/DVD confirm? Thoughts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      no car should be made to look like a snail...not without a fair dose of absurdism.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car. On of my fellow classmates from McPherson College's Auto Restoration program did the panel beating for this restoration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      By Daimler Double Six 50, one can assume you might mean the Daimler Corsica Drophead Coupé which won Pebble Beach.

      As for the 'Bentley 8' well they made about 100 '8-litre' cars so it's anyone's guess which car you are referring to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One may assume, but that just makes an "ass" out of "u" and "me." Seriously though, I can't believe you weren't first in with the correct answer, Richard. You must be slipping or more likely busy with other pursuits. On a sidenote, there was a Bentley 8-litre at our local gathering last week. Drool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is this 1 of those cars where its more aerodynamic if it was driven in reverse?
        • 5 Years Ago

        A rain drop is a function of gravity and surface tension forming a liquid mass into a shape. It is aerodynamic in it's own context, but not necessarily in every context.

        Gravity makes the drop larger at the bottom, and laminar airflow characteristics and the surface tension of water pulls the back side of a spherical shape into a low drag conical point.

        Drops do not keep that shape when in contact with a surface, even if airflow affects half of the drop's surface, roughly.

        Solid shapes, in close proximity to solid surface actually act a bit differently, since airflow is not uniform on all sides, and the object is not flexible, and is not solely being acted on by gravity, but actually self-motivated.

        But some of the same streamlining principles still do apply.

        But one could argue that a solid shape might be more aerodynamic by being both tapered at the front, and the rear, to minimize both frontal area, and trailing drag. something more like a javelin, and by that I don't mean an AMC car. A liquid cannot maintain a spear point, only a solid, or at least semi-solid can really do that.

        edges and conical points, and even angled flat surfaces can have their frontal aerodynamic advantages, as well as rounded and curved surfaces, which provide more stable transitions, and maintain laminar flow adhesion.

        More on topic... that shape looks good, and looks like it quite possibly would have been mid-engined, and cab-forward. Interesting stuff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sperm mobile ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good find.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, that looks *incredible*, especially in that deep red paint.

        Why can't modern cars have such an elegant, yet simplistic, design language?

        And white wall tires just *rule*.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, since I live and work on Amelia Island, I'll let you guys know if I see this thing out and about anywhere near here. Looks pretty neat though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha. I'm a Jax resident as well, already have my preorder tickets. I'll be there with the dslr soaking in the sun and purdy cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It has to be Auto Union.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i toughed the same or mercedes benz.

        i did a search on google for 40's roadster designs.
        but ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        its actually a time travel machine that ferdinand porsche was commissioned to build for the fuhrer, except it could only reach 87 miles per hour :(
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