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A Few Gorgeous Snapshots from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

From Airows' roving photographer.

Next to Pebble Beach, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held each year in March at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Florida, is the country's most prestigious concours. Some actually prefer it to Pebble because of its more gentlemanly pace and more manageable proportions.

It lacks nothing whatsoever when it comes to cool cars, however, as we discovered on our inaugural excursion as a guest of major Amelia sponsor Mercedes-Benz. The iconic German marque also helped honor American racing legend Al Unser, who won the Indy 500 four times, among other accomplishments, at the event.

Besides a host of beauteous Benzes like the green 190SL above, we encountered a killer collection from Brumos Porsche's racing stable, a massive display of Jaguar D-Types and a number of cars associated with the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen. 

Here are the highlights:

Steve McQueen's beloved 1957 Jaguar XKSS, aka the "Green Rat"

Another view of McQueen's XKSS, on loan from the Petersen Museum

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger

A drop-dead 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB competition car with racing stripes

Another view of the 250GT Berlinetta, our favorite car on the field

An early competition 911 from the Brumos Porsche collection

Another knockout early 911 with an important racing pedigree

A more modern and much faster 911 specimen from the Brumos stable

Perhaps the most stunning car ever built, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Interior detail of the gorgeous prizewinning Gullwing

There were 11 Jaguar D-Types on display including a number of Le Mans winners

Another view of the ridiculously beautiful D-Types on display

Alfa Romeo grille detail from the golden days of motoring

Sinuous curves on an eye-popping 1957 Maserati 200si competition car

An original Porsche 718 which gave its name to the current 718 Boxster

The most dapper chap in attendance with his stunning 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

A really famous Rolls, the 1967 Silver Shadow driven by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair

1980 Martini Racing Lancia Beta Monte Carlo goodness

A 1953 Ferrari 166 MM which helped establish the legendary Italian marque's reputation

A classically well-tailored Ferrari GT interior

Bespoke Bentley coachwork on an early example convertible

On the wrist, a super cool Rolex Daytona 6263 "Big Red" from Bob's Watches

There are few things more beautiful than pre-war Bugattis

Last but not least, the priceless 1969 Porsche 917 from Steve McQueen's iconic flick Le Mans