Pebble Beach Concours
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 28, 2004) -- Some of the most unique, historic and valuable automobiles from around the world, including vehicles from 30 states and 14 countries, are set to convene Sunday, Aug. 15 for the 54th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The annual affair along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links® this year honors the 100th anniversaries of Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza and showcases more than 200 of the most extraordinary collector cars in the world. “And as a special treat for automobile enthusiasts,” says Concours Co-Chairman Sandra Kasky, “this year’s show will have the most significant display of classic Ferraris in history.”
The following is a small sampling of the 200-plus vehicles that will be on display at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
· 1912 Renault CB Coupé de Ville – Owned by Steve Arnold of
· 1916 Crane-Simplex Model 5 Holbrook Skiff – Owned by Tonight Show host Jay Leno and formerly the property of the Harrah’s Automobile Collection, this one-of-a-kind Crane-Simplex-built beauty has been called “an example of imaginative craftsmanship and shattering originality,” by Automobile Quarterly magazine. The car’s shipboard theme features many unique nautical touches, including portholes in the cowl, a propeller on the rear spare tire carrier and mahogany rub rails. A wooden tool chest sitting atop the driver’s side running board is accented by brass edges. Early automobile historians suggest there may have been more than one of these Holbrook Skiffs built, but the car appearing at
· 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Fernandez et Darrin Coupé de Ville and
1934 Hispano-Suiza K6 Fernandez et Darrin Coupé Chauffeur – Owned by
Robert M. Lee of
for Lord and Lady Rothschild. On the J12, the Marc Birkigt-designed,
longitudinally-mounted V-12 displaces 9.424 liters and produces 200 horsepower.
Otherwise known as the model 68, the J12’s engine was based on the company’s
successful airplane engine from World War I. The exotic cars, built in
the most expensive in the world. The chassis alone was approximately $10,150
· 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Touring (AX201) – The original Silver Ghost, nicknamed because of its color and quiet ride, is now owned by Bentley Motors Limited, Cheshire, United Kingdom. This car won the gold medal at the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trials and then proceeded to run 14,371 miles without an involuntary stop – more than doubling the previous record before observers halted the test. The Times of London said in its report, “No doubt she could have gone on for an indefinite period, but at 15,000 miles the patience of the Royal Automobile Club comes to an end, and observers are no longer supplied.”
· 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – Owned by automotive enthusiast Claude Picasso, son of artist Pablo Picasso., this historic 300SL has long been associated with their family. Although the artist didn’t have a driver’s license himself, he was intrigued with the car and loved being photographed in it. The legendary Gullwings were arguably the most desirable sports cars of the mid-1950s and remain so today. Life magazine photographer David Douglas-Duncan, a friend of Picasso, owned the vehicle for many years. It will be on display as part of the “Adventures of a Gullwing” exhibit created by Mercedes-Benz in honor of the bodystyle’s 50th anniversary.
· 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker Landaulette – Owned by Richard L. Scott of Sidney, Ohio, this rare classic was recently found and is believed to be the only un-restored Silver Ghost still in existence that was built before World War I. The completely original car, including paint, engine, interior and leather top, has had only five owners, including British philanthropist Stanley Shaw Bond, who often drove the car on his Scottish estate to go shooting with his good friend, King George V.
· 1946 Delahaye 145 Chapron Coupé – Owned by Peter W. and Merle Mullin of Los Angeles, the long hood of this Henri Chapron design hosts a 5-liter V-12 engine that develops 175 horsepower and reaches a cruising speed of 110 mph. Before the streamlined Chapron body was fitted in 1946, famed French racer Rene Dreyfus drove the car in the 1938 24 Hours of
· 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Park Ward Streamline Saloon – Owned by Ken McBride of Seattle, Wash., this Phantom II, which was discovered after spending 40 years in a barn, is equipped with an innovative 4-speed synchromesh transmission and a 6-cylinder engine making, in Rolls-Royce terms, “sufficient” horsepower. The top speed with the saloon body was estimated at 92 mph. Many authorities on pre-World War II Rolls-Royce’s consider the Phantom II series to be the best the company ever built. Park Ward, which bodied this particular car, was known for producing the better formal designs fitted to these chassis.
Judging for the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will occur in 27 categories, with one vehicle receiving Best in Show honors.
First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an international gathering of automotive enthusiasts for “a celebration of the automobile” at The Lodge at
The 54th annual affair also includes a series of auxiliary activities, including the (Thursday, Aug. 12) Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance around the Monterey Peninsula for Concours entries and the Sunday evening Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company that showcases classic, vintage and antique cars.
Proceeds from the Aug. 15, 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance support a number of local, national and international charities. More than $7.5 million has been raised in previous years. Tickets for the Concours are $100 if purchased in advance at www.pebblebeachconcours.net or by calling 877-693-0009 toll-free. Tickets sold onsite are $125. Children under 12 are admitted free.
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