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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance ®, 2017 Prologue



Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 2017 Prologue Photos and Stories.

Concours d'Elegance, Car Show, 2016-08-20, Pebble Beach Lodge, Pebble Beach, California, US




Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 2017


Ferraris and American Dream Cars of the 1960s Heading to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The premier North American celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary takes place this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Four classes of Ferraris will compete on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, where special classes for Ferrari Major Race Winners and Ferrari One-Off Spéciales will be featured. Ferraris will also line the first fairway of the famed course, where Ferrari North America will simultaneously be hosting the Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours.

Ferrari 125S 1947 The Galleria Ferrari Maranello, Italy 2005

Ferrari 125S 1947

The first Ferrari-badge automobile, a 125 Sport with a 1.5-liter V12 engine, took to the open road in the spring of 1947.

"Pebble Beach has a long and very strong relationship with Ferrari, particularly when you note the Ferraris and Ferrari drivers that made their mark here at the Pebble Beach Road Races in the early 1950s," said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. "Our history together is almost as old as Ferrari itself, and we are proud that we continue to make history together."

The first Ferrari imported into the United States, a 166 MM Touring Barchetta (chassis 0002M) made its way to California in September 1948. The Pebble Beach Road Races and Concours d’Elegance began in 1950, and by the following year Ferraris gained recognition here:

Cars for the Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours will be loaded onto the first fairway on Saturday, August 19, beginning at 4 p.m.— and the public is invited to be there to celebrate them!

 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta sn-0010M 1949   Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015

Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta sn-0010M 1949
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015

Another 166 MM (chassis 0010M) driven by James Kimberly appeared at that Concours, then placed sixth in the preliminary Del Monte Handicap and climbed to third in the premier Pebble Beach Cup race before crashing.

Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe 1951

Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe sn-0078E 1951
60th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® 2010

In 1952, a Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta (chassis 0078E) driven by Arnold Stubbs placed second in the premier race. Ferrari was still in its infancy, but it was serving notice that quick and nimble cars could compete against the powerhouses of the day.

  Ferrari Pebble Beach Road Races 2015

Thereafter, Ferraris won every Pebble Beach Road Race, ultimately recording four top finishes in the seven events, with drivers such as Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill, who went on to record a World Championship for the marque in 1961.

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Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti sn-0402AM Coupe 1954
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, 2014

The first postwar car to win the show’s top award since the late 1960s was Jon Shirley’s 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe (chassis 0402 AM), in 2014.
Source: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Media.

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American Dream Cars of the 1960s Heading to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The Automobile has long been used as a basis for expressing designers artistic skills. In this 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, several examples from the 1960s.

Reactor By Gene Winfield

The Reactor By Gene Winfield
Photo ‎Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Media

One such car, The Reactor, was by Gene Winfield of Modesto, California and it will have a place on the lawns for viewing on Sunday in a special class for one-off American Dream Cars of the 1960s.

Winfield initially imagined and built The Reactor for Joe Kizis' 1965 annual Autorama car show in Hartford, Connecticut. After its time spent touring back east, Winfield brought the Reactor back to California, where he entered it in the Grand National Roadster Show. Against tough competition, the Reactor won the coveted Tournament of Fame Award. Winfield soon realized even bigger dreams for his car. So, he packed up the Reactor and took it to Hollywood, where it captured the attention of leading filmmakers.

"I put the car in an open trailer and I towed it straight to Hollywood," said Winfield. "I didn’t know anybody," Winfield recalled, "but I found 20th Century Fox Studios and I went up to the gate and conned them into letting me in to show my car to their transportation department. From there, the transportation coordinator gave me the names and addresses of all these other studios, and for two days, I took the car around and handed out my business card. Two weeks later, Bewitched called me and said that they wanted The Reactor on their set."

Reactor By Gene Winfield

The Reactor By Gene Winfield
Photo ‎Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Media

It was also featured in an episode of Star Trek as the "Jupiter 8" and a Mission: Impossible episode called "The Freeze," but it is perhaps best known for its appearance in the third and final season of the Batman television series, where it was the getaway car for Catwoman, played by actress Eartha Kitt.

The car was created around a Citroën DS chassis and its unique hydro-pneumatic suspension so that it could move up and down, a feature that was far ahead of its time. "The inspiration I had for the car was to make something different, something wild," Winfield said. He installed a 180-hp turbocharged engine from a Chevrolet Corvair Corsa, and paired it with the Citroën DS’s drivetrain. The Reactor was born as a two-seater, mid-engine car, with its most recognizable feature being its very low profile. Cleverly, Winfield used the Corvair flat-6 engine as a stylistic tool, because he wanted the Reactor to be as low and close to the ground as possible.
Source: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Media.

OTHER American Dream Cars of the 1960s
Photos: ‎Courtesy Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Media.

1960 DiDia 150 built for Bobby Darin

1960 DiDia 150 built for Bobby Darin

1963 Mantaray by Dean Jeffries

1963 Mantaray by Dean Jeffries

1965 Bugatti T101C Roadster by Virgil Exner-Carrozzeria Ghia

1965 Bugatti T101C Roadster by Virgil Exner-Carrozzeria Ghia

 1965 Pontiac Vivant Roadster by Herb Adams

1965 Pontiac Vivant Roadster by Herb Adams

1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupe

1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupe

 1969 Farago CF 428 Coupe by Paul Farago

1969 Farago CF 428 Coupe by Paul Farago

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From an unlikely partnership between lawyer Cesare Isotta and car enthusiasts Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini, came Italy’s most opulent automobile brand: Isotta Fraschini Cesare and brothers Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste formed Isotta Fraschini in 1899 in Milan, Italy. At the forefront of technological innovation, the company pioneered the use of 4-wheel brakes. Its golden years were characterized by the famed Tipo 8, which featured the world’s first production straight 8 engine and offered coachbuilders a long and strong chassis to showcase their creations.

The all-encompassing elegance of Isotta Fraschini helped to extend the brand beyond the borders of Italy. Prince Luigi Grimaldi of Monte Carlo and the Empress of Ethiopia are just a couple of the many royal owners. Famous celebrity owners in the United States included newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and “It Girl” Clara Bow.

Corrado Lopresto, who considers himself an “Isotta romantic,” recalls making childhood memories playing in the back of his uncle’s Isotta Fraschini. So began his lifelong relationship with the marque. His own Garage Corrado southwest of Milan, Italy, is now home to the marque’s complete factory archives and several Isotta Fraschini cars imperative to the marque’s history.

“I like the charm and grandeur that has always accompanied every Isotta Fraschini car,” Lopresto said. “Each one is so unique.”

 Isotta Fraschini 1902 Prototype sn-1

Isotta Fraschini 1902 Prototype sn-1
Image Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature Corrado Lopresto's 1901 Isotta bare chassis in one of the Isotta Fraschini classes.

AND  Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa Touring Coupe 1947

Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa Touring Coupe 1947
Image Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017

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 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa Boneschi Cabriolet 1948

Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa Boneschi Cabriolet 1948
Image Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017

1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosas in the Postwar Grand Touring class, along with a wide variety of Tipo 8As in the Isotta Fraschini Castagna Coachwork Open and Closed Classes.






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