Each year the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance gets better than the last. You see vintage cars you’ve never seen or maybe even heard of, though you attend the following year the expectation can sometimes be “I’ve seen it all, how can it be any better.” But it is and it was. Here are our top ten cars we saw on the field, in no order of importance. You’ll note we didn’t include the Ferrari 375 MM who was awarded Best of Show, this car is in a class by itself which we covered last week.
These Hispano-Suiza siblings were like movie stars at the show and both are owned by noted automotive enthusiast Robert & Anne Brockington Lee. The 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Fernandez et Darrin Coupe de Ville was one of a pair built for Anthony Gustav de Rothschild. Cost was no object, what mattered was beauty, utility and safety. The 1934 Hispano-Suiza K-6 Fernandez et Darrin Coupe Chauffeur was number two in the Rothschild set. Would you believe both cars were completed and delivered in their matching livery within six months? How wonderful to have these cars still together. In the Maserati Centennial Racing Class this 1955 Maserati 300S Fantuzzi Spyder owned by Pierre F. Mellinger, stood out. It began its racing lineage as being the third Maserati ordered by Briggs Cunningham for the use of Bill Spear and Sherwood Johnson in the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours race where it placed third overall. A 1958 Ferrari 250 Tesa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder owned by Lord Bamford. As the lone blue TR in the extravagantly rare class of twenty 250 Testa Rossas, this car had a successful SCCA race history here in the states. Before being acquired by the current owner in 1968 it was a daily driver (no this is not a mistake) of the daughter of the previous owner. This is a special car. 1939 Talbot-Lago T1 50 C-SS Pourtout Coupe owned by The Hon. Sir. Michael Kadoorie. This is the last of the four aero coupe bodies built by Marcel Pourtout and was raced by the original owner until he died at the wheel of a Ferrari in 1953. Ever heard of an OM (Officine Meccaniche)? We never had. This 1929 OM 665 MM Team Car Sport Milano Roadster owned by Dr. Richard D. Lisman is a famous car amongst the racing set. It was first in class and fifth overall at the 1930 Mille Miglia. Back then and OM wasn’t rare, there were 24 OM cars in the race. 1933 Duesenberg J Fernandez et Darrin Convertible Victoria also owned by Robert & Anne Brockington Lee was originally sold to Greta Garbo after its debut at the 1932 Paris Auto Salon. The 1952 Jaguar XK120 Open Two Seater owned by Kurt A. Engelhorn was the answer to a Pegaso Z-102 breaking the World’s Fasted Production Car Record in 1953 previously held by a Jaguar XK120. By further streamlining the car with a full under shield, metal tonneau cover and this “bubble” top canopy, the car crushed the Pegaso record with a top speed of 172. 412 mph to regain the World’s Fastest Car title for Jaguar. Another car which garnered lots of attention was the 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Competizione Pininfarina Coupe. This car was in the Pininfarina private museum until it 2006 when James M. Glickenhaus became the car’s first official owner. The Dino 206 is a prototype, one of 18 built of which this is a one-off chassis, certainly a very special car.
I said these were in no particular order, and they’re not, other than my number one… The 1929 Bentley Speed Six Saoutchik Drophead Coupe from John & Gwen McCaw. The Speed Six was known as founder, W.O. Bentley’s favorite model. This particular model was one of the few not bodied by Bentley. Yes, this blue is the original color. (How did they get Lisa Blue before I was born?) Notice how radiant and shiny the brightwork is? It is because it is plated in German Silver, also original. The integral boot is one of the earliest on a vintage Bentley.
For 2014 there was another wonderfully curated selection of beautiful automobiles at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.