Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013 - d'Picts

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Pebble Beach CA, Aug 18 2013 - Given any other Sunday, one would be happy to see a few old cars rolling down the street. Approaching the Monterey area mid-August however, leads to a guilty pleasurable overdose of automotive smack. Much energy is directed to getting the right cars in the right places at the right times, and that goes for the tourists. The influx of people and their flying machines poses for a traffic challenge, but the scenery and car-gawking makes things ok. The ocean front setting makes for an interesting light dynamic, with early fog eventually giving way to brief interludes of sun. The fine automobiles under glass are fantastic reflections of lives and eras past and present.

1960 Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe - Pebble Beach Concours 2013

1960 Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe: Award Winner at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013 Vitesse Elegance Trophy & First in Class Postwar Sports & GT - It was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to second place in the 1953 Mille Miglia and afterward became a development car for various Pinin Farina design studies. The Turin coachbuilder fitted four different bodies on the chassis between 1956 and 1960: First it was presented as the Superflow in Turin with Plexiglas front fender caps and a wraparound windshield with a full Plexiglas canopy and gullwing roof panels. Later that year it was shown as the Superflow II at the Paris Auto Salon. In 1959, the same chassis was restyled and shown again as the Spyder Super Sport in Geneva, and a year later the last boy, named Coupe Super Sport Speziale, was also presented at Geneva. It is in this final configuration that the car exists today.

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe - Pebble Beach Concours 2013

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe: Award Winner at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lincoln Trophy & 2nd, Best in Class Lincoln Custom Coachwork Postwar - After taking control of Ford Motor Company from his father Edsel Ford in 1945, Henry Ford II was anxious to bring the company into the modern era. The Lincoln-Zephyr and Cosmopolitan were obvious examples of this  new direction, but this much more radical car was ordered for the 1955 Turin Motor Show. At the time, many Italian coachbuilders were forming alliances with the American motor companies, which had deeper pockets. Ford turned to Felice Mario Boano to design and build the Lincoln Indianapolis and his son, Gian Paolo Boano, carried out the work. After its Turin debut Henry Ford II used it for a time, and later it is believed that he gave to this friend Errol Flynn. A thorough restoration was started in 2002, utilizing Boano’s original designs. It is finished in its original bright orange paint with a black-and-white checked interior.


Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013

1934 Brewster Town Car - After opening its doors in 1905, Brewster & Company specialized in building formal coachwork for many different manufacturers. In 1925, the company was bought by Rolls-Royce of America and became the primary body builder for Rolls-Royce in the United States. When Rolls-Royce of America closed in 1934, Brewster, under the guiding hands of J.S. Inskip, purchased and bodied about 135 Ford V8 chassis. The heart-shaped grille was the trademark of the new Brewster automobile and four different body styles were built, including this formal Town Car with its open chauffeur compartment. Its third and current owner has maintained the car's originality, and it has won may Preservation awards.

1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Roadster

1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Roadster - One of several such chassis ordered by the American industrialist Stanley Harold "Wacky" Arnolt to be bodied by Carrozzeria Bertone in Italy and sold as Arnolt Aston Martins. Franco Scaglione designed the flowing lines, and the result is distinctly Italian, particularly as seen in the smoother lines, although still very much Aston Martin. This car is the first of three special Bertone Spyders to be finished and was kept by Arnolt for many years. 

1952 Lincoln Derham Town Car

1952 Lincoln Derham Town Car Eleanor Lowthian Clay married Edsel Ford in 1916 but despite her obvious car connections, she never learned to drive. In 1952 she decided to replace her old chauffeur-driven Lincoln Town Car with something more special. With the support and guidance of Lincoln designers Bill Schmidt and John Reinhart the car, code name X-400 , was built by Raymond Dietrich using much-modified Lincoln body panels. Delivered in early 1953, the car delighted Mrs. Ford, who used it as her primary means of transportation well into the 1970s in the Village of Grosse Pointe, always being driven by her long time chauffeur, Arthur Fause. In 1979, the car was transferred to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and has just been restored.

1969 AC 428 Frua Fastback Coupe

1969 AC 428 Frua Fastback Coupe - AC Cars decided to reconfigure its Cobra sports car as a luxury Grand Tourer in 1965. The new fastback coupe was first shown at the Geneva Salon the following year. Produced between 1967 and 73, the AC-428 Frua was designed to compete with the performance GT cars of its day. With a 7-liter Ford engine producing around 350 bhp, it was one of the fastest cars on the market. AC made a total of 81 cars, of which 30 were convertibles and 51 fastbacks. This is one of 11 in North America.

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by Randy Berg

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pictures below: 1952 Bentley R Type Continental HJ Mulliner Sports Saloon; 1960 Epperly Mid-Continent Securities Special Roadster - The Tony Hulman Trophy; 1938 Lincoln K Twelve Judkins Touring Coupe; 1930 Gar Type B5 Roadster; and 1937 Peugeot 515 SP with Sidecar

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1952 Bentley R Type Continental HJ Mulliner Sports Saloon at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013
 1960 Epperly Mid-Continent Securities Special Roadster at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013
1938 Lincoln K Twelve Judkins Touring Coupe at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013
1930 Gar Type B5 Roadster at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013
1937 Peugeot 515 SP with Sidecar at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013

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