With just days until the most important day of the year for classic car enthusiast, we take a look at what visitors can look forward to at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The stream of pre and post war classic cars are all set to captivate visitors on 21 August, the final day of Monterey Car Week and there are several car brands promising to make their presence known at the event. We take a look at three of the car manufacturers who are planning on making their presence known at Pebble Beach.
BMW fetes its centenary
If you’re lucky enough to be going — ticket prices start at $325 — then expect to see an awful lot of BMWs. The German marque is promising the biggest celebration of its centenary outside of Munich.
As well as pristine examples of its greatest road and racing cars of all time, the company will be unveiling a concept-car homage to the 2002, the compact coupe that really established BMW’s performance and premium car credentials in 1966. The Concours will also see the official global unveiling of a painstakingly-restored 1957 BMW 507 roadster that once belonged to Elvis Presley.
Ford GT40s from around the world
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s historic Le Mans 1-2-3 finish, a result that established Ford as a serious performance car company. In honour of the achievement the concours organisers have managed to convince the owner of every international race-winning GT40 to display their cars at the show.
“We’re honored — and thrilled — to be able to unite all of these historic champions,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “This is an unprecedented gathering — one that has excited every member of our Selection Committee and one that promises to make history in its own right.”
The Lamborghini Miura turns 50
While Ford was beating Ferrari on the track, Lamborghini was beating it on the road. In 1966 it unveiled the Miura and in doing so created the modern supercar. Achingly beautiful and technologically innovative, the Miura continues to resonate with car lovers of all ages today, and will be suitably celebrated at this year’s show in honour of its 50th birthday.
Apart from the display from BMW, Ford and Lamborghini, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will also be the venue for five auctions of classic and collector cars. With a Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type and the very first Shelby Cobra set to go under the hammer, many are expecting the auctions to set new records for most expensive cars ever sold. Suffice to say, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is one event eagerly anticipated by motor fans and auction lovers alike.