1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cabriolet Named Best in Show at The Amelia

  • by 904 Newsroom
  • March 4, 2024

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla., March 3, 2024 – A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was crowned Best in Show, Concours de Sport while a 1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cariolet took home Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance at the 29th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The Sunday Concours concluded a week long celebration of the automobile which included auction, seminars, film viewings and several automotive events. In total, over 27,000 automotive enthusiasts visited The Amelia between February 29 and March 3.  

“The Amelia really is a motoring event like no other,” said McKeel Hagerty, Chairman of The Amelia and CEO of Hagerty. “29 years of excellence is what gets enthusiasts excited and keeps them coming back. We are so thankful to the visitors who attend each year, the entrants and judges who participate and the sponsors who chose The Amelia to show their latest offerings.” 

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO shown by David MacNeil has a storied competition history including an overall victory at the 1964 Tour de France and an impressive 4th overall and 2nd in class at the 1963 24 hours of Le Mans. The car recently underwent a full restoration to the specification in which it appeared at Le Mans in 1963.  

“We sweated the details with this car. Motion Products did an amazing restoration and the results speak for themselves,” said owner David MacNeil. “We’re going to keep this car for many generations and be good stewards of it,” added Roderick MacNeil. 

The 1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cariolet is one of six “Narval” cabriolets built, so named as its nose is reminiscent of the bump on a narwhal’s head. This car was first seen at the 1947 Paris Auto Salon. It’s original owner, Charles Trenet, was a well known singer and songwriter. He shipped the car to the United States for a concert tour in 1948 and it has seen just three more owners since. It is restored in its original color of Orange Brule, a favorite of coachwork designer Joseph Figoni. 

“This car was the Paris Show car in 1947 and today is its return to a Concours,” said owner Dana Mecum. “It takes a lot of preparation to come to a Concours like Amelia, but this makes it all worth it.” 
More photos and press releases for The Amelia can be found here.

Broad Arrow Auctions   
Broad Arrow Auctions, the official auction house of The Amelia, hosted its second annual auction at The Amelia on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. Following a well-attended preview on February 29 – March 1, the auction room was standing room only as principal auctioneer, Lydia Fenet, took the sale. The auction achieved a sell through rate of over 90% including the top result, a 1967 Ford GT40 Mk I Road Coupe which went for $4,405,000. The next sale for Broad Arrow Auctions is The Porsche Auction in Partnership with Air|Water in Costa Mesa, California on April 27. 

The Amelia’s multiday car culture celebration kicked off Thursday, February 29, 2024, with the Annual Porsche Winemaker’s Dinner, followed by Friday’s seminar: Close Finishes and Controversies and a movie night featuring two films, “Climb Dance” and “Climbkhana.” Saturday’s Cars & Community included RADwood, Future Driver’s Club, Ride & Drives, a Bavarian beer garden and a curated Cars & Caffeine. That evening’s Honoree Dinner celebrated Rick Hendrick and featured a menu of gourmet food and beverages. On Sunday, The Amelia Concours d’Elegance showcased 275 historically significant vehicles in 32 classes. More details can be found in the event program here. ​​​​ 

About The Amelia  
The Amelia is a multiple award-winning motoring event held February 29 – March 3, 2024 at The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Broad Arrow Auction’s The Amelia Auction, luxury shopping, new vehicle reveals & experiential drives, exclusive gatherings and entertaining seminars surround Saturday’s Cars and Community and Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance. Each year The Amelia honors a racing legend and attracts celebrities from across the automotive landscape. Since its inception in 1996, the Amelia has donated over $4 million to deserving non-profit and charitable organizations. This year, as in the past, The Amelia supported Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, local Shop with Cops programs and Community Hospice and Palliative Care. 

About Hagerty, Inc. (NYSE: HGTY) 
Hagerty is an automotive enthusiast brand committed to saving driving and fueling car culture for future generations. The company is a leading provider of specialty vehicle insurance, expert car valuation data and insights, live and digital car auction services, immersive events and automotive entertainment custom made for the 67 million Americans who self-describe as car enthusiasts. Hagerty also operates in Canada and the U.K. and is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, a community of over 800,000 who can’t get enough of cars. As a purpose-driven organization, Hagerty Impact aims to be a catalyst for positive change across the issues that matter most to our teams, our members, the broader automotive community, our shareholders and the planet at large. For more information, please visit here or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  


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