1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans

Our Favorite Race Cars from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Amelia Island Concours 2017
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra – Known as “King Cobra”, this Cobra is the only Motion Performance Cobra which has ever set up for drag racing by Joel Rosen at his Baldwin New York shop. CSX 3159 left Shelby American’s factory in Los Angeles, California in late 1965. The original owner purchased the car for the sole purpose to go drag racing. It was immediately taken to Motion Performance and Joel Rosen to set up the car to compete for the NHRA national record. Rosen drove the Cobra three hours from his shop in Baldwin, New York to Atco Dragway in Atco, New Jersey. After installing racing slicks and changing spark plugs, Rosen’s first outing in the “King Cobra” broke the AA/SP national record at 10.67 ET. It also set the NASCAR national record with a 10.40 ET @ 130mph. In 1968, the Cobra set the NHRA national record at 10.30 ET @ 133 mph. For many years the King Cobra enjoyed complete domination of the Northeast sports car production classes.
1968 Mirage M2/300 Amelia Island Concours 2017
1968 Mirage M2/300 – The Mirage M2 was constructed in 1968 by John Wyer for the 1969 World Sportscar Championship. Sponsored by Gulf Oil, powered by a BRM Formula One 3-liter V-12 engine developing approximately 370 hp, it’s configured as raced in the 1969 Nurburgring 1000 km with the original two-valve heads and Lucas mechanical injection mated to a ZF five-speed transaxle. Tested by Ickx and Oliver and raced by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, with a seventh place finish at Spa, the “03” BRM Mirage is seldom seen example of John Wyer Automotive’s innovative engineering design and execution.
2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 Streamliner Birdcage – This car, chassis 2451, is the prototype of the so-called “Birdcage” Maseratis. It started life as a two-litre Tipo 60, was tested and successfully race by Stirling Moss and others for Maserati until sold as a Tipo 61 with a three-litre engine to the Camoradi Racing team of “Lucky” Casner. This was the start of a successful racing career culminating in racing at Le Mans with U.S. drivers Masten Gregory and Chuck Daigh.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe Amelia Island Concours 2017
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe – The current owner purchased this “Gullwing” in 1983. It was restored and attended the 1986 Mercedes-Benz 100 Year Anniversary Celebration at Monterey and Laguna Seca Race track. In 1994 it was set up for vintage racing and campaigned throughout the country. In 2001, it was entered at Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats. A serious case of ‘Salt Fever’ resulted in a 15 year assault on the F/GT record. In August 2016 a Mercedes M104 sedan engine built by Roush’s Competition Engines was installed. A new F/GT record of 190.759 mph was achieved.
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans
1950 Ferrari 166 MM / 195S Berlinetta Le Mans – This MM Le Mans Berlinetta was first owned by Scuderia Ferrari and experienced a successful racing career. Chassis 0066M had fitted the larger and more powerful 195S specification engine that was a water-cooled, single-overhead-cam, V-12 of 2.34 liters developing 180 horsepower coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. This example remains authentic retaining its original hand-beaten aluminum coachwork complete with original engine, gearbox and rear axle.

[Source: Amelia Island Concours; photos: Sports Car Digest]