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Pebble Beach: The Best Used Car Lot Ever

August 14th, 2013

Ferrari 275 GTB

The 2013 Concours d’Elegance begins this weekend, with some of the most expensive used cars ever to hit the market available for discerning buyers.

While a $17 million Ferrari may not be on the shopping list for everyone, maybe a sub-$50,000 classic could. If so, what could be better than finding your next classic ride in Pebble Beach? It may not be a Ferrari, but there could be an old BMW or Studebaker in your future.

One thing for sure, the cars at Pebble Beach aren’t the cars you’ll find in your local used listings.

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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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For Better or Worse, Car Companies Sell Their Souls and Evolve

August 17th, 2011

Lexus GS teaser

In order to survive in this new, post-recession, economic Armageddon of a world we live in, automakers are selling their souls for a chance to compete for a dwindling pool of car buyers.

That might sound like a bad thing, but it’s just the cost of doing business. Plus it means new vehicles are reaching dealer showrooms; it’s just that some of those vehicles aren’t what buyers expect from their beloved brands.

Porsche started the trend almost a decade ago with the 2003 Cayenne SUV, a vehicle launch that had Porsche purists fearing for the very existence of the company. Of course, everything turned out just fine. Porsche still builds the sports cars it has always been famous for in addition to benefiting from the massive infusion of cash the Cayenne created.

Yeah, part of the Porsche soul has been sold to the Cayenne, but the SUV’s sales fund the development of future sports cars. A win for everyone!

Other automakers are beginning to follow suit. Lexus, for example, is about to undergo a major brand evolution to keep up with its German competitors.

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