Every year the world awaits the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We are instantly enamored with the glamour and artistic styling of the most lauded cars on the lawn. In 2016 it was all about the french curves of the Delahayes, the victorious Ford GT40s and of course the impeccable craftsmanship of the Best of Show winning 1936 Lancia Astura. Out of over 200 historic automobiles, each wonderful in their own way, only a handful get attention. Here are seven spectacular cars, not the typical A-list rockstars, but beautiful cars worthy of a second look.
1912 Moon 30 Raceabout
Let’s start with a original condition car which has never been dismantled. Believe it or not but this little raceabout was driven to work by the original owner until 1929!
1936 Auburn 852 Speedster
The 852 has the same V8 as other Auburn models, however this is fitted with a Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger allowing 150bhp. Who doesn’t love a boattail?
1937 Brough Superior 3 1/2 litre Atcherley Dual Purpose Drophead Coupe
Never heard of a Brough? Me either. From 1919 to 1940 Brough Superior produced the “Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles” in Nottingham, England, and toward the end of their life they built 85 automobiles. The patented folding mechanism allows the top of the fully enclosed drophead to disappear completely, kind of like our modern supercars.
1911 Benz 50 HP Tourer
As stunning as this early Benz is, its history is even more jaw-dropping. The original owner who commissioned the car, Charles M. Hayes, went down with the Titanic before ever taking possession of the car.
1954 Siata 208S Motto Spyder
This little cutie is one of six Siata Spyders built by Carrozzeria Moto with a 5-speed gearbox. Prior to WWII Siata was just a tuner who made speed equipment for Fiats. After the war they built Fiat-based sports cars.
1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Thrupp & Maberly Limosine
I can gaze upon the old Rolls-Royce cars and their unique details all day long. This car is believed to be one the first cars fitted with a sliding sunroof.
1957 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint Special
This little red rocketship is chassis 0001, the very first prototype of the Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint Special, built by the same designer and team at Bertone responsible for the three BAT cars.
Not ever car has to be a star for it to be appreciated.