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August 28th, 2017

Pebble Beach – 20 August 2017

It is my pleasure to provide you with an exclusive gallery of the finest automobiles from this year’s Concours, the 67th in its history. I arrived on scene a little before 7 am where the crowds were already rearing and planted. They were there to witness the dawn patrol that started at 5 am where the cars get unloaded from their trucks and driven to the assigned display spots.

 

I’ve been waiting patiently for this very special day. This year featured the Isotta Fraschini, Carrozzeria Castagna, and American Dream Cars of the 60s. There was also two Ferrari displays, One-Off specials and Major Race Winners. There was also the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari display consisting of 70 cars, something I found just when I thought the show was over.

 

I was eager to see the two yellow Ferraris spotted earlier in the week on the Tour d’Elegance, a 1967 206 Dino Competizione Pininfarina Coupe and the 412P Competizione from the same year. Rushing past the concept lawn, I tried to ignore the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Convertible and the Infiniti’s awesome Prototype 9 concept. Didn’t work, I was lured in by the Maybach’s sheer scale and flow, deadly gorgeous.

 

As I got on the field, I had the pleasure of catching up with some of the cars still driving in that consisted of the Bugatti 101C concept, a special limousine version of the Chrysler Airflow, alongside a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM. This car was ordered by film director Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, and even though she never took delivery of the car, it is still referred to as the “Bergman Coupe.”

 

The trio of Ferraris built by Boano really got my attention. They are the only three ever constructed, a special occasion to have them here at this year’s Concours. Their unique design and proportions suggested that they were built specifically for the American market, as they were wider and sleeker while featuring wings that echoed the style statement of the time in the United States.

 

I finally spotted the two Ferraris that hold quite a special place in my life, growing up as a kit. First was the Ferrari Dino of which my father had gifted me a 1:43 die-cast toy specially brought from Japan. I never assumed I would ever see this unique bubbly design with its front wing and El Camino style flying buttresses. Then was the Ferrari 412P, one of the rarest competition specials based on the Ferrari 330 P3 race car that just captivated everyone around it, including the bugs, who are always attracted to the yellow cars at shows.

 

The winning Ferraris was astounding, just as impactful as the line of GT40s last year. It was a line of the undisputed greatest hits from the Italian manufacturer. On the way out, the 70-years of Ferrari display was as incredible as things could be, as it covered one Ferrari for each of the years that have gone by.

 

The Isotta Fraschini’s demanded attention and space. Their grandiose scale and special detailing exuded class and distinction. The Castagna coachwork were elegant takes in further personalizing an already great manufacturers work. Carrozzeria Castagna was founded by Carlo Castagna in 1849 in Milan, Italy. They were focused on top-of-the-line coachwork for a very exclusive list of clients that included the pope, movie stars and royalty. They were the biggest coach-builder in Italy at one point.

 

Wandering over to the far end I discovered more dream cars of the 60s. Ironically, I spotted the Gene Winfield built 1964 Reactor at a hot rod roadster show earlier this year parked casually alongside participants supporting cars, quite a change of scene. The 1967 Gyro-X Prototype was nuts, it used a weighted flywheel to keep balanced on two wheels while stationary. My favorite was the Pontiac Vivant, it did win the class award.

 

Please enjoy the rest of this final article on my coverage of 2017 Car Week from Monterey, hopefully see you all next year

Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Convertible

The mighty Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Convertible.

 Infiniti Prototype 9

The all electric interpretation of the dominating 1930’s Formula One cars, the Infiniti Prototype 9.

Pebble Beach

1935 Chrysler CW Imperial Custom Airflow LeBaron Limousine.

Pebble Beach

The trio of Carrozzeria Boano Ferraris, 410 Superamerica Cabriolet and Coupe, and the dark blue 250 GT.

1963 Mantaray Dean Jeffries Custom

1963 Mantaray Dean Jeffries Custom, part of the Dream Cars of the 60s display.

1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A Landaulet by Castagna

1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A Landaulet by Castagna.

Zerouno

Italdesigns first production car, the Zerouno. Only five will be made.

Niki Lauda's 1975 Ferrari 312 T F1.

Niki Lauda’s 1975 Ferrari 312 T F1.

A pristine Miura S is always a welcome sight.

1950 Ferrari 340 MM Touring Barchetta

1950 Ferrari 340 MM Touring Barchetta.

1957 Bugatti Type 101C Virgil Exner Ghia Roadster

A very late model 1957 Bugatti Type 101C Virgil Exner Ghia Roadster.

1967 Ferrari 412P Competizione

The stunning 1967 Ferrari 412P Competizione.

Gifted. 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta .

More Boano coachwork on display, the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Boano Couple Speciale.

1947 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8C Monterosa Touring Coupe.

Part of the incredible 70th Anniversary of Ferrari display.

1967 Pontiac Vivant Roadster by Herb Adams

Inspired by the Alfa Romeo Bat cars, the 1967 Pontiac Vivant Roadster by Herb Adams.

The very extravagant 1960 DiDia 150 ‘Bobby Darin’ Coupe.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Said to be one of the most original Ferrari 250 GTO’s in existence today, it had a short but successful racing history then very much cared for.

More of the Vision 6.

An unexpected sight, a 1951 Bugatti 101C Gangloff Cabriolet.

The line of the Ferrari Major Race Winners.

The elegant 1960 Abarth 1000 Record Pininfarina Protoype.

Tools of the trade.

1967 206 Dino Competizione Pininfarina Coupe, what a dream.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato.

The last Ferrari to win Le Mans, the 250 LM Scaglietta Berlinetta chassis 5893.

Aston Martin’s latest concept.

The weird and wonderful 1969 Farago CF 428 Carozzerria Coggiola Coupe.

Blue with yellow. Spotted this 250GTO at the track last year!

A closer view at some of the detailing on the Isotta Fraschini cars on display.

Another view of the Bugatti 101C.

The 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupe made it to the show!

Ferrari 206 Dino Competizione.

Finned Ferrari, one of the only three Boano cars built, all here.

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