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The Best Of The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach has long been known as the place for serious collectors to congregate every August to race, swap, buy and sell vintage cars, from Fords to Ferraris.
Set on the beautiful California coast, the Concours d'Elegance offers stunning views and beautiful cars, from every era in automotive history. For the automotive enthusiast, this is truly heaven on earth. But even for those of you who neither have oil in your blood, nor cashmere ascots around your neck, there is still a lot to see.
We've compiled several cars that popped up in the show over the weekend, including the eye-popping gorgeous Best in Show car, that we think will pique your interest. Some of these cars are so rare, the Concours is really the only place to actually ever see them in person. What we have here is the next best thing, though, so click on through right to the "Best in Show" dream car.
The Tour d'Elegance is a lesser-known, although, in our opinion, more enjoyable portion of the show. While it's great to admire some of the most beautiful cars in existence on the grasses of the Pebble Beach golf course, actually seeing them in action is something else all together.
Willing owners fire up their engines and roar down California's Highway 1 for a wonderful 17-mile ride. You can see a video of the drivers in action over at Autoblog.
Fifty years ago, Carrol Shelby pieced together the very first Cobra, which went on to become an iconic piece of automotive history. To celebrate, Shelby American and Ford Motor Co. got together and put together a display of some of the most significant Cobras in existence.
Among the 12 on display are the first Cobra built, the first factory Cobra race car and the first big-block Cobra, which was conceived in order to best competition from the Corvette Grand Sport.
Along with the Shelby display, Shelby American, Ford Motor Company and Ford Racing teamed up to celebrate the company's anniversary, as well as honor the recent death of its founder, Carrol Shelby. The product of their collaboration is the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.
The GT500 Cobra features a custom widened body, 13-inch wide wheels, special tires and a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger that has been fitted atop a 5.8-liter V8, to produce -- wait for it -- 850 horsepower!
Shelby isn't the only automotive icon celebrating an anniversary this year, however. Lamborghini is also celebrating 50 years in business and the Concorso Italiano is showcasing Lambos from every era.
Additionally, Fiat is celebrating its 55th anniversary by showing off the new 2013 500T, which features a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged inline-four engine, producing 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Many classic Fiat models are on display as well, in addition to numerous Alfa-Romeo and Ferrari cousins of Fiat.
The Concours is also a car auction, and there are some very, very pricey rides for sale.
This Ferrari, for instance, is one of only 9 ever built and has an interesting history. It was originally built to race and entered a competition in April of 1957, but was disqualified because the sanctioning body did not recognize it as a production car.
The 250 GT was then passed around until it was used by Disney in the movie The Love Bug. After that, the car fell into neglect and even spent a few weeks abandoned on the side of a California freeway.
It has since undergone a full inspection and will go on auction. Bidding starts above $3 million. Any takers?
Porsche rolled out a pretty cool concept from way back in 1987 -- the 928 H50. What's interesting about this concept in particular is that it appears to be the ancestor to the current Porsche Panamera, which is a four-seat, full-size premium sedan.
The H50 Concept produced 330 horsepower from a V8 engine, which was enough to push this four-seater to a 168-mile-per-hour top speed. Porsche had put more than 5,000 miles on the concept, but ultimately decided it couldn't deliver the necessary rigidity requirements.
Created for an anonymous client, the McLaren X-1 Concept is a somewhat bizarre-looking take on a supercar. Apparently, the car was designed under the following circumstances:
"One of our clients who already owned a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and now a 12C, wanted a unique car," said McLaren Special Operations Programme Director Paul MacKenzie. "The conversation began with our Executive Chairman Ron Dennis almost three years ago − before the 12C was even launched. The client wanted a machine that had all the capability of the 12C but wrapped in a unique body that reflected his needs and personality."
Most of the carbon fiber bodywork has been painted piano black and all the brightwork – including the so-called McLaren Airbrake rear wing – was hewn from solid aluminum and nickel plated. The interior is finished in Harissa Red Nappa leather.
The Zagato Roadster was conceived, designed and produced in an incredibly short six weeks.
The Roadster builds on the success of the Zagato Coupe, which debuted 3 months ago at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. The stunning bodywork of the Coupe was one of the top sites at the show and this Roadster is certainly no different.
A stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo took Best of Show at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, marking the 7th time a Mercedes has won the honor. This beautiful Benz is owned by Paul & Judy Andrews of White Settlement, Texas.
For more photos of the 680S Saoutchik Torpedo, head over to Autoblog's gallery.
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