Aug 18 2015

Highlights from the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was once again spectacular. Below are some highlights and a few of the amazing classics.


Howard Kroplick

1901 Duryea Four-Wheel Phaeton

Owner Barry Meguiar is in the driver's seat

1911 Mercer Model 35 Raceabout

1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Union City Body Company Speedster

This fetching supercharged boat-tail speedster is one of several record-setting cars on the lawn for 2015, having been piloted by AB Jenkins to an average speed of 100.1 mph over a 12-hour period -- it's said to have been the first regular production car to do so. The run is believed to have been made on the company's test track in Auburn, Indiana. This car is number 62 of 134 built, most of which were slow to sell but drew customers into dealerships where they helped sell the more practical body styles.

1911 Pope-Hartford Model W Pony Tonneau

1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Sedan

1930 Stutz MB Weyman Monte Carlo

This year's "First in Class" for American Classic Closed won by Chrysler's Chrysler last year.

1926 Renault 45MC Manessius Cabriolet de Ville

This monster Renault shares its 2-ton rolling chassis and 9.0-liter six-cylinder side-valve engine with the Renault 40 CV NM model that set a world record of 100 mph for 24 hours on July 9, 1926 driven by Plessier and Garfield of France. It was the first passenger car in the world to do so.

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F, Ramseier & Cie Worbaufen Cabriolet

This year's "Best in Show"

1937 Delahye 145 Franay Cabriolet

1938 Jaguar SS 100 Graber Coupe

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Cabriolet

Technical marvels and curiosities found on this fetching Bug (which was bodied by Vanvooren, a cross-town Parisian rival of Figoni et Falaschi), include a folding cloth top that conceals beneath a hard tonneau flush with the bodywork (as nearly all do today), and a windshield that can be cranked down into the bodywork. It was originally owned by the Shah of Persia, Mahammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

1930 duPont Indianapolis Race Car

1928 duPont Model G Merriac Phaeton

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Prototype

2015 Program

My favorite page of this year's program!


Aug 22 2015 Bruce Adams 11:40 PM

I enjoyed my time at Pebble Beach and Carmel this year, and the photo of THE CHRYSLER definitely made the program a winner.

Aug 23 2015 gene martin 10:22 AM

was that austie’s clark’s mercer????

      thanks gene

Aug 23 2015 S. Berliner, III 4:15 PM

There is NO WAY that 1938 Jaguar Graber Coupe is an SS 100!  From what little I can see it’s a 2½ or 3½ litre SS One Jaguar. SS 100s have a low/squat radiator/bonnet, almost square in front view, and this car has the tall front of a standard-height SS One or Two Jaguar.  I found ¾ and side views of the Graber to confirm this; it’s almost certainly built-up from a stock 3½-litre SS One Drophead Coupé, with a saloon or Mk V windscreen.  Regardless, it’s no SS 100!  Sam, III

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