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GM Focusing on Design at 2007 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special (pictured) -- only two models were built, and in a rare occurrence both were on display June 22, 2003 when General Motors hosts the 16th Annual Eyes on Design Automotive Exhibit at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich.

Detroit – Hundreds of elegant and extraordinary vehicles will be on display March 9 - 11 at the 2007 Amelia Island, Fla., Concours d’Elegance. GM Global Vice President of Design Ed Welburn will be on hand as an event judge and will continue emphasizing GM’s design renaissance.

“As one of only three Concours events in the country, this is a design experience like no other, and we are glad to be showcasing GM designs spanning the years,” said Welburn. “The historically significant cars and trucks at the Concours continue to be an inspiration to me and to other designers around the world.”

GM is displaying six concept vehicles at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in support of the event theme (Great Road Races) and the event organizer’s request for Corvair Concept cars:

  • 1954 Cadillac Carrera Panamericana

  • 1962 Corvair SuperSpyder Concept Car

  • 1963 Corvair Monza SS Concept Car

  • 1963 Corvair Monza GT Concept Car

  • 1967 Corvair Astro I Concept Car

  • 1969 Bill Mitchell Corvair




The rebuilt 1954 Cadillac Carrera Panamericana is being driven from North Carolina to the event by select media guests. The Saturn Aura, the North American Car of the Year, will be on display as will the Cadillac CTS-V Race Car.

The CTS-V, built in 2003, represents Cadillac's 21st century renaissance and return to American road racing. Team Cadillac began competing in SPEED World Challenge GT racing in 2004, and continues to this day. The CTS-V Race Car is 60 percent common to the CTS-V that Cadillac began selling to sports sedan enthusiasts in 2004, as a dramatic demonstration of the brand's revamped design and performance.

Additionally, GM is sponsoring Saturday’s Great Road Racing Seminar which celebrates the World’s “Great Road Races,” including the Targa Florio, Panamericana and the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race. The event will feature drivers like Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees MBE and John Fitch, and the cars that ran in these thrilling and dangerous competitions.

(March 07, 2007)

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