Italian cars draw a crowd. Arguably, the premier Italian car show in the U.S. is staged every year during the classic car weekend in Monterey, California. While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance gets the bulk of the media attention, Concorso Italiano draws thousands of Italian car fans to the Monterey peninsula every August.
This year, there will be an Italian car show for the cognoscenti on the Atlantic coast. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend (March 9-10-11) will include the inaugural “Concorso Atlantico” Italian car show. While not associated with the long-running Concorso Italiano, the organizers have patterned their event to be like Italiano which is open to Italian make vehicles and selected exotics.
Expect to see name plates from Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maserati. Perhaps even an Amilcar, Autobianchi, Bizzarrini, Cisitalia, Iso, Moretti, OSCA, Siata or Stanguellini.
Chris Hoyt, Concorso Atlantico’s director of media relations said they hope to attract 75-100 vehicles for the show on Saturday, March 10, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, also the location for the annual Gooding and Company auction at Amelia Island.
Gooding and Company Auction www.goodingco.com/auction will include a selection of classic Italian cars. The following are offered for your consideration:
- ‘51 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe (Ex-Mike Hawthorn)
- ‘53 Fiat 8V
- ‘57 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible
- ‘59 Fiat Abarth 750 Spider
- ’69 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider
- ‘70 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
- ‘71 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider
- ‘72 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
- ‘73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
It will cost you $150 to enter your Italian stallion in the Concorso Atlantico but there is no charge to spectators. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities. Go to www.concorsoatlantico.org for details.