Concepts Astound at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

August 20th, 2012

The one ugly concept in Monterey: Bentley EXP 9 F

While I can appreciate the classic cars shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s the new and concept vehicles that really get me going. (Though the stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that won Best in Show would look good parked in my shop!)

This year, the Concept Car Lawn at Pebble Beach served as an all-you-can-eat buffet of exotic beauty. If top-shelf modern metal moves you, then the manicured putting greens of Monterey was the place to be this weekend. It was surely the highest concentration of rare and one-of-a-kind supercars in all of California. Well, outside of Jay Leno’s garage, anyway.

Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus and SRT parked a plethora of  exotic and concept vehicles on the lawn. The BMW Zagato Roadster rubbed shoulders with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, while the Lamborghini Urus concept lurked nearby. The Aston Martin Vanquish, though, may have been the best-looking of the bunch.

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Check out those long, flowing lines on the BMW Zagato Roadster.

BMW Zagato

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest and most powerful roadster ever released to the public.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Is Lamborghini on track with its Urus concept?

Lamborghini Urus concept

The hottest Infiniti ever: The Emerg-e Concept.

Infiniti Emerg-e

First the Lexus LFA, now the sexy LF-LC concept.

Lexus LF-LC

It doesn’t get any hotter than the Aston Martin Vanquish!

Aston Martin Vanquish

Would you go to the Pebble Beach Concourse for the classics or the concepts?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    August 20th, 2012 at 17:10 | #1

    Yep, they slide forward into the fenders. Coolest doors I’ve ever seen. Front end takes some getting used to but no stranger than some of those modern concepts.

  2. tgriffith
    August 20th, 2012 at 12:13 | #2

    Are those sliding doors I see on the Kaiser Darrin? Pretty cool! Never seen one of those in person.

  3. Randy
    August 20th, 2012 at 05:58 | #3

    It’s interesting to note that so many of the old cars truly astound with their timeless style, beauty and class, contrasted with the irony that none of the extreme and rather ugly concept cars you show will find their way into a concourse 100 years from now.

    During this last weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise (we locals call it the Woodward nightmare cruise) the best car I saw, by far, was the Kaiser Darrin 2-seater. If you think gull wing and lambo doors are cool, look at how the doors open on the Darrin.

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