Lamborghinis line the streets of Fifth Avenue South Naples
Photography by Erik Kellar; courtesy of St. Matthew's House

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Zero to One-Sixty

Cars on 5th returns Full speed to Naples this month, and it's bigger and better than ever.

As a child, Jim Taylor collected Dinky Toys, miniature English die-cast autos. He graduated to real cars when he got older, amassing a sparkling collection of 150 models, which he houses in a private museum in upstate New York: “I’m 75 years old now, and I still have the 1929 Model A Ford Tudor sedan I drove when I was young.” The former owner of Taylor Made Products, a boat accessories company, exemplifies the kind of rarefied car collector who helps make Naples Ferrari Club’s Cars on 5th a standout event.

Thousands of people drive from all over to admire the hundreds of automobiles that roll onto Fifth Ave for the biggest and most prestigious car show in the region. For the upcoming run, Taylor didn’t have a difficult time deciding which car to register. That was  clear when he learned that his fresh-out-of-the-factory 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera convertible—one of the first of its kind in America—could be delivered in time. “This is supposed to be the fastest road car they’ve ever built,” he says. The twin-turbo, 715 horsepower vehicle tops out at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. He’s also bringing a surpassingly valuable 1952 Jaguar C-Type, which is coming off other area car shows.  

But an auto show is in its own category in this car-loving town…  

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