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6 automotive weirdos we saw at Amelia 2022

One of the reasons we love high-profile concours events like The Amelia is their ability to draw eclectic automobiles out from the woodwork. During the festivities last week we soaked up the sheer diversity of vehicles in attendance, and that includes plenty of vehicles outside the top-tier roster that actually competed in Sunday's official Concours d'Elegance.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/6-automotive-weirdos-at-amelia-island-in-2022/
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NAMiata
Intermediate Driver

In the category of demise greatly exaggerated, Venturi continued making sports cars (albeit electric) well into the 00's. I remember seeing them at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. They are still a major force in Formula E, although indeed out of the production car business.
MichaelG1967
Intermediate Driver

I totally loved seeing that Isuzu down there at Amelia.
fueledbymetal
Advanced Driver

Nice variety there, I’m definitely hitting the show next year!
FloridaBoy
Pit Crew

Somebody tell Grace that's not a Gullwing behind the Daihatsu. It's a 190SL.
GRP_Photo
Instructor

I think the caption belongs to the photo of the Venturi Trophy. A little mistake in the editing process.
FloridaBoy
Pit Crew

That's not a Gullwing either.
TeutonicScot
Detailer

Agreed FloridaBoy. It's also not even a 300SL, but a 190SL. Not all 300SL's were gullwings, only the coupes of which the photo is not.
Grace
Hagerty Employee

thanks guys! fixed.
Gene_M
Detailer

Still have to tell Grace.
TG
Technician

The Daihatsu didn't grab all of your attention?
maxmilford
Pit Crew

The problem with rare cars is parts. The owner of the Venturi needed a trans. When they make 75 of one model, the trans is not available at Rock Auto parts. The owner adapted a 944 transaxle to his Venturi. Is it just me or was the Amelia field down this year? It was great to see Radwood. Lets see the pic of the Radwood entrants.
rjracin240
Pit Crew

Radwood seemed no different than the cars that were usually showing up on a Saturday, will be interesting to see how they progress.
WAB
Intermediate Driver

Nothing that I have ever seen or have an interest in seeing.............Thanks
MustangJim
Technician

I have not seen any of them either... but I am interested. Cool to see cars that I've never heard of. My wife thinks that I know and can recognise any car ever made. I always tell her I cannot. I should show her these.
LamboEd
Detailer

I'll take the Glickenhaus! And in that color!
Grace
Hagerty Employee

isn't it fantastic?!
JSievers
Instructor

Amelia is THE ONE show you should attend if you live on the East coast. Nowhere else will you see such an incredible variety of cars gathered in one place, from LeMons junkers to eight-figure classics and exotics. It truly is mind blowing.
5Gordons
New Driver

That Hispano Suiza is noteable... but the comment "Four electric motors ... You’ll get tire smoke from this 1114-hp machine, but not flames." From what previous Hagerty articles have conjectured could happen after years with lithium batteries... flames may be very possible with this gorgeous beast! And that Glickenhaus interior... did someone kill Laverne and slice up her handbag? Would love to witness all these amazing curios at Amelia one day...
reddog47
Pit Crew

Horrible photography!
drhino
Technician

Not always easy to get good shots at shows. People in the way results in having to shoot from bad angles. Also if it’s a sunny day, glare and bad lighting is a problem— you’re not able to position the subject to best effect.
JSievers
Instructor

Been there and encountered the same challenges. Great place to see cars and talk with owners. Not so great for photography.
Jack_Hagerty
Moderator

In situations like this, we usually go with shots by the author that are then filled in by our crew of professional photographers in the days to come. Sorry the pictures upset you.

Iso_Grifo
Instructor

I thought the two Japanese cars were the most interesting.
Milford_Bob
New Driver

If you want us to "guess" what cars these are, you should put the answer below the picture, not above it! Cool cars, though.
Spookysgarage
Intermediate Driver

I am digging that Isuzu!!
acooper529
Advanced Driver

The beauty here is in seeing them, reading the placard, saying hmmm? ...to yourself... and then being able to just move on to other cars and curiosities at the show. No bank checks or shipping arrangements needed.
bblhed
Instructor

If the Isuzu and the Daihatsu were allowed on the lawn my daily driver Scoin xA should be allowed, I think it might be cleaner. I honestly read twice to be sure this was the actual Amelia Lawn and not the Concourse De Lemons lawn. I have seen people street into local cruise nights with more interesting and cleaner stuff.
Tinkerah
Engineer

Please share some pics the next time anything more interesting and cleaner shows up at your local cruise, I'm sure we'd all be very impressed.
bblhed
Instructor

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Well, you asked.

 

Grace
Hagerty Employee

so the isuzu and the daihatsu (technically) sat on the lawn saturday, but just for the cars & caffeine event... then left before sunday's official concours.
SJ
Technician

Interesting, wonder what V8 is in the SCG.
Grace
Hagerty Employee

per SCG's website, a 4.4-liter, dry-sump, twin-turbo BMW unit
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

The Isuzu is oddly the only one I didn't know about.
carguyjim
Detailer

I find this a bit silly... Obscure expensive cars at a time that folks are suffering and nuclear war isn't "off the table". I have a Clenet Series 1 (#88) , which is gorgeous and flashy, and I hope my sale goes through. It's embarrassing to flash wealth at this time....
RG440
Instructor

Thank You so very much for the interior pictures of the Trophy ! THAT IS the most PRACTICAL dash layout I have seen in my entire life… 1.) The FUSE block within sight of both the driver and passenger sitting up. 2.) Battery Cutoff Switch on the dash 3.) Fire Extinguisher Button. Thanks for the great pictures and article !
Grace
Hagerty Employee

you're so very welcome! thought those fuses were a hoot.
4RenT
Advanced Driver

While I don't mind having easy access to fuses or relays, that just makes me think Lucas Electrics was involved. B^)
mfp4073
Advanced Driver

Like the Isuzu Bellet gt-r and the Puma. The little stuff is fun to see, and gets my attention first at the shows. Thanks for the pictures!
Gwhajny
Pit Crew

Fuses on the dash board...Very Interesting!
rjracin240
Pit Crew

Weird vibe at the show this year, still some interesting cars to be seen. Just weird, not as many vendors, chaos at the ticket and entrance on Saturday.
Hopefully better next year.
TaylorTexas
New Driver

I have to agree with the guys in Top Gear. The French stretch the definition of pleasing aesthetics and good engineering when it comes to car designs. The Venturi looks like it was built in someone's back yard.
02-orignal-ownr
Detailer

The only Puma I've ever seen in the US was on Sanibel Island FL about 25 years ago. It wore a Florida plate on the back, but its original Brazilian plate in front. I felt very smug at recognizing it from I having seen a picture of one a few years earlier. The VW tailpipes were a dead giveaway.

Too bad VW do Brasil did import a few before all the Federal emission and safety requirements put the kibosh on that as of 1 January 1968...

RallyRaid
Detailer

The FTO you really want is the GPX; 200hp at 7,500rpm. More interesting than an Integra Type R and maybe 80% of the fun for a much lower percentage than that of the money.
Given it’s a rebodied Lancer, it’s a shame they went for the individuality of a 2l V6, rather than just dropping in the Evo drivetrain…
Snailish
Instructor

Marty from Mighty Car Mods could likely explain the Mira in detail far beyond the interest of 99% of Hagerty readers. The guy loves them and his efforts with them will likely be looked back 20-30 years from now as the "Bandit Effect" as to why such a disrespected/ignored low-market car has a following*

*primarily in Malaysia, Australia, NZ and Japan, etc. where it existed in the wild. Though I suspect a well modded Mira would already garner attention at an event in North America where younger (not all wealthy) enthusiasts were in attendance.