No. 997
May 22, 2019

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MARCH 13, 2019

(Photos by for Amelia Island Concours)
A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier and 1957 Ferrari 335 S were crowned this year’s Best in Show Sunday at the 24th annual . The event once again brought together the best of the automotive world, including 2019 honoree, “Mr. Le Mans” Jacky Ickx. The legendary Ickx is a six-time Le Mans winner, 1979 Can-Am Champion, a Formula 1 victor and a Daytona, Sebring and Paris-Dakar winner. 
“The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier and 1957 Ferrari 335 S both truly embody the sophistication of our awards,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “I was thrilled to watch the judges honor such esteemed automobiles and continue to recognize the best and most extraordinary vehicles in existence, right here in Northeast Florida.”  
 The Best in Show Concours d'Elegance Tropy went to a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier owned by The Keller Collection at the Pyramids. In March of 1934, a new Mercedes debuted at the Berlin Car Show: "Autobahnen Kurierwagen 8-Zylinder Kompressor Typ 500." Only one model existed and the brochures informed the public that this car was designed for incredibly high-speeds on the autobahns going as far to claim that the high winds at those speeds gave the car its defining shape. Mercedes built the new model on the existing W29 chassis. Mercedes clientele at the time were conservative, buying only 761 W29 cars between February 1934 and November 1939. Of those, 342 were equipped with a 5-liter engine and 419 with a 5.4 liter engine as in this car. Both were equipped with a Kompressor. The remaining 70 chassis were sent to outside firms that would construct specials to client wishes.
A 1957 Ferrari 355 S owned by Cavallino Investments took home the Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy. The 335 S was the most technologically advanced Ferrari in 1957. It featured a longitudinal 60-degree V-12 with 24 plugs, two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and it produced 360 horsepower. This Scuderia Ferrari Factory team car started life as a 290 MM, was then upgraded to a 315 S and finally a 335 S. The car has a tremendous racing history spanning three seasons. The car participated in major races such as Sebring, Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and 1,000 km events at the Nürburgring and in Caracas. The car was piloted by some of the great drivers of its day including Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien, Alfonzo De Portago, W. Graf Berghe von Trips, Peter Collins, Maurice Trintignant, Mike Hawthorn, Luigi Musso, Stirling Moss and Gaston Andrey. This was in the period 1956 and 1957 when Ferrari won the World Sportscar Championship.

BMW. The new ads for the BMW X7 say: "The Biggest BMW Ever Built." Just off the top of our heads, not exactly a good thing, is it?

Some hot new colors are coming for the 2020 Mustang: Grabber Lime (shown on the Shelby GT500, above), Twister Orange is the other, along with new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic. The 2020 Ford Mustang arrives this fall.

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