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Triggered by Hunting cars

Amelia announces classes 2018
Somehow we missed a press release from the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance when they announced their special classes for the 2018 event some time ago. And there's one that triggers us in particular. From the total of eleven classes, attractive ones seem to be 'The cars of 'Big Daddy' Ed Roth', with a star appearance of his famous Beatnick Bandit; 'The cars of Martini Racing' with ex-Le Mans-, ex-Monte Carlo- and ex-F1 vehicles attending and 'NART at 70' with some of Chinetti's commissioned Ferrari Grand Touring cars.

But there is one class that lures even more - to us at least - and that is 'Hunting cars'. From the press release: "Among the rarest of the custom coachwork cars none are more specialized, exotic and hardworking than the cars created especially for hunters and owners of large estates. Assembled under the term "hunting cars" the class is an uncommon look at extraordinarily rare custom cars that are seldom seen outside their specialized work environments. The centerpiece of The Amelia's hunting car class is the King Ranch Buick." To be honest it's one we'd never heard of before. It's a 1949 Buick Eight based Special built for Richard Mifflin Kleberg senior, who was both a US representative for Texas as well as the heir to the King Ranch fortune at the time. He had a Ford-based huntsman car in 1946, but recognized that his homebuilt efforts left a lot to be desired. That led to Buick and the GM styling department in the commission of a purpose-built Ranch off-roader hunting vehicle. It featured a much modified and reinforced frame and an extended boot. There are multiple gun mounts, including one for a pistol under the hood. Up front there are, alternately, a spotter’s seat and game mount plus a winch hidden behind the big Buick grille. Inside there’s a two-way radio, compass and cow-hide floor mats. Power came from a 152-bhp Fireball straight eight. It's fascinating.

We now really wonder what the other cars in this class will look like. We can only think of Range Rovers and a few Rolls-Royces that can wear the 'Hunting Car' moniker, but there are no doubt more of them. Do you know of any?

(Words editor, picture Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance)


#4 2017-10-31 09:15
Don´t forget all these Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts and Phantoms for the absurd wealthy maharajas!
I especially like the Range Rover, but only for hunting after classics. Would enable me to look behind the fence, further into your garden ;-)
kind regards Thomas
#3 2017-10-30 20:51
That is actually a 1950 Buick, not a 1949.
#2 2017-10-30 10:41
Hunting Car

Sbarro Windhound six wheeler,
built +/- 1980 for King Hhalid of Saudi Arabia
#1 2017-10-30 02:23
Safari vehicles by :
Nissan (Hardbody)
Nissan Cabstar 40L
GMC, Chevrolet,
Any vehicle converted by RSA (Africa)
Cottars 1920's African Safaris
The list goes on and on !

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