The 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was the cars Elysium: Hundreds of cars are rarely seen in the land line, the 18th fairway of the popular golf course for golf enthusiasts to see up close, as they usually do this year. It happened. But it was even more special as the 70th batch since COVID-19 canceled the 2020 event.
Each year, Monterey’s Car Week escalation is brimming with the finest and rarest examples in motoring history, and we fear some of the crown jewels will crowd away from the driveway and sink into Stillwater Cove. Fortunately, none of them have sustained any flood damage – until now.
There were 230 cars in all of the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sponsored by distinguished collectors from around the world. We wandered through the ranks in astonishment and admiration from each one, but some made a lasting impression. Here are 13 examples we found on Path Eighteen that we can’t stop thinking about.
Our favorite cars from the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1. Best in Show: 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier
This stylish and elegant vehicle was awarded Best in Show in this year’s batch. The flawless design lines evoke a seductive sense of ’30s speed with exquisite aesthetics – definitely a trophy-worthy catwalk.
2. 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT Touring Coupe
Jack Bram Rubin – Maastricht, The Netherlands
While we probably won’t drive it very often, the Alfa Romeo is a very unique piece. The 6C 1750 may remain the only one of the three (or four) Alfa made in the early 1930s; Its Carrozzeria Touring Bus was an evolutionary step towards building the Superleggera that Carrozzeria pioneered.
3. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible
Lawrence’s Picnic: Warwickshire, England
James Bond’s DB5 was a hardtop, but for our drivers we prefer to drive the convertible. Only 123 DB5 dropups were built, and only five of them came with the Vantage specification.
4. 1948 Bentley Mark VI Facel-Metallon Cresta Coupe
Fred and Donna Kreese: Monaco
The post-war Bentley was the first to be finished by the famous Italian coach Benin Farina. Rumored to be one of only 13 Crestas, the gorgeous sleek lines of this two-door Fastback make it one for the ages.
5. 1929 Bugatti Type 35 B Grand Prix
The Pearl Collection / Fritz Borhard: Switzerland
The Model 35 is a symbol of pre-war racing and an early example of Bugatti’s technical prowess with its hollow front axle, cast aluminum wheels and integrated brake drums. The eight-cylinder Bugatti won the 1929 Spanish and French Grand Prix, and was sold at 2021 Pebble Beach Auctions for a shade that exceeded $5.6 million.
6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Cabriolet Special دقيق
Robert Davis: Elizabeth, NJ
Designed for French lawyer and Ferrari friend Enzo, this stunning 250 is mounted on a short wheelbase chassis, powered by a V12 engine, and equipped with a lightweight alloy gearbox. It also has a removable hardtop.
7. 1966 Ford GT40 Mark I Coupe
Janos Associates: San Clemente, California
There’s no clear winner in the battle of the blues when it comes to Ford vs. Ferrari on this list, but this was the unique GT40 for its sparkling silver blue paint job. One of only 31 Mark 1, the 1966 Ford GT40 Mark I Coupe was a fast car at the 1967 Laguna Seca Can-Am race, driven by a legendary racer Stirling Moss and James Garner, also known as Jim Rockford.
8. 1970 Iso Grifo Bertone 7L Coupe
Michael Eckstein: Kirkland, Washington
The slightly obscure Italian brand Iso Grifo only produced cars between 1963 and 1974, designing and building their wares in Italy but using American-made engines. This car is one of only 15 of a seven-liter to feature the required five-speed ZF transmission.
9. 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopia” Burton Berlinetta
Malcolm Welford: Irvine, Calif
Designed in her favorite color, this Countach was built and customized with white accents for Princess Dalal Bint Saud Al Saud as a birthday present.
10. 1936 Lancia Astora Series III Boca Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Robert Bishop: Palm Beach, Florida
Of the pre-war Pinin Farinas, this was our favourite. Looking at him is knowing love. Named after an island off the Italian west coast, during the Astora’s production period between 1932 and 1939, about 3,000 were built.
11. 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pininfarina Coupe
Russell Hook: La Jolla, California
This one-of-a-kind 230 SL piece, AKA the Pagoda, was conjured up by Tom Tjaarda, who was then in his freshman year designing for Pininfarina. The Special Edition is clean because it comes with a permanently fixed roof instead of a detachable hardtop on the premium production model.
12. 1896 Riker Electric Roadster
Richard and Judy Riker: Grant Pass, Oregon
Most people don’t know that there were many manufacturers who tried electric cars for more than a century before Elon Musk sold his first Tesla. This single seat uses five batteries to power a 3 HP electric motor. So, she doesn’t have a “Ludicrous” mode, but she was still fast at the time.
13 Year 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Coupe
Ingram group: Durham, North Carolina
Perhaps the most eye-catching Porsche 904 ever made, it was built for racing. This precursor to the legendary 917 series features a lightweight fiberglass exterior and a flat-top four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 160mph.
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