The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance proved yet again to showcase some of the most spectacular cars in the world. Thanks to the weather gods who supplied perfect Concours Sunday weather: no rain, not too hot and not too cool. We noticed the people upped their fashion game this year, more men were artfully attired along with lots of ladies sporting beautiful hats. New cars, old cars, custom cars, race cars and un-restored cars offered something for every car enthusiast’s taste, all of it spectacular.
Even the Best of Show Winner, a gleaming 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, let everyone know 2017 was the year of spectacular cars at the Pebble Beach Concours.
How about those sky blue wheels? This 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione used to tool around Hollywood as a street car when it was owned by Dean Martin Jr. Today it is back to its original racing spec when it was raced by the Ecurie National Belge Team.
Certainly not what comes to mind when you hear Aston Martin, this unusual aerodynamic aluminum body was on the last eight Speed Models out of the factory before WWII.
A Best in Class Winner, this 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Cabriolet bleeds opulent from tip to tail. Prior to WWII Castagna became Italy’s largest coach builder, working on only the best and selling cars to movie stars, royalty and the pope. The Castanga Isotta Fraschini class was full of beautiful cars.
It was as if the seas parted when this copper 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca de Ville rolled onto the lawn. Who’d seen copper used this extensively on a car? When one asks Freestone & Webb, who refashioned the original W.C. Atcherly bodied limousine, to build you a car which could win any concours (in 1946) this is what you get.
In the Ferrari One-Off Speciale class the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina received a lot of attention. Built for King Leopold of Belgium, a true car guy, this was called “the car that never grows old” by Pinin Farina.
The point of the concept lawn is to expand one’s automotive horizons. Technically this McLaren 720S isn’t, pink, its magenta, one of the three main colors in the modern color theory we each see and use every day on our computers and TV screens. This may have been one of the most photographed and talked about car on social media for the entire Car Week. Its owned by Michael Fux who brought his brand new Rolls-Royce Dawn in the same color to The Quail.
Another much talked about car was the 1967 Gyro-X Alex Tremulis Prototype. Inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2014, Alex was a pioneering designer responsible for a number of innovative automotive designs. He was the guy who penned the Tucker 48.Later in the day when they fired up the car and removed the training wheels you see underneath, the car maintained perfect balance on two wheels due to the onboard gyroscope shown above.