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by Matt Brogan

The 2009 Concours d’Elegance held at Amelia Island, Florida attracted cars from seven countries this year to fill a very competitive field with some gorgeous metal.

Two locals won this year’s top honors with a 1931 Voisin C20 Demi-Berline owned by Lee Munder winning Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance honors, and a 1923 Miller Special 122 Supercharged owned by A. Dano Davis winning the Concours de Sport award.
The field of 250 cars was down on last year’s 324 entires, mainly for manageability reasons, but this did nothing to slow the 16,000 strong crowd.

“It didn’t seem to slow down from the economy,” event chairman Bill Warner said.

The Concours Auction (held at the same time) raked in more than $10 million, headlined by the $1.1 million sale of a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible coupe (pictured below).

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A 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton went for $687,500, a 1966 AC 427 Cobra topped out at $675,000 (pictured below), and a 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat “Yellow Peril” race car drew $660,000.

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Other notable sellers were a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS ($445,500), a 1937 BMW 328 Cabriolet ($302,500) and a collection of nine classic Fords (total $700,000).

Indianapolis Motorspeedway will host next year’s Concours as a one time event to celebrate the raceway’s 100th birthday. It will be held June 18-20, 2010.

All prices quoted are in USD.




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