The Best Of The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The 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
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.
2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra
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!
2013 Fiat 500T
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.
Porsche 928 H50 Concept
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.
BMW Zagato Roadster
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.