Amidst the energy and excitement buzzing around some dazzling debuts from the likes of Bugatti, Jaguar, McLaren, and Perana, a crown jewel was bestowed the honor of Best of Show at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
A gorgeous 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster took home the elite prize. The car has a 145-horsepower, 4.0-liter overhead-valve straight eight-cylinder engine and, according to chief restorer Don McLellan, was originally built on spec to go to the Paris Salon of 1934.
The car was painstakingly restored, with every detail from the smallest trim piece to the exact original color extensively researched and replicated. That’s exactly what it takes to win at Pebble Beach.
While the classics might take center stage there, some of the world’s greatest modern automobiles have a chance to shine, too…
Jaguar unveiled two special kitties in honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, including the limited-production XKR175 and a one-off XJ75 concept. Under the concept’s hood is a 470-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8, while the exterior features white paint in contrast to the blacked-out grille, D-pillar, and custom 22-inch wheels supporting ridiculously low-profile rubber.
Perhaps the most beautiful car on the Pebble Beach lawn this year was the Perana Z-One. Even in the company of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin, this $100,000 Corvette-based sports car is absolutely exquisite! Engine choices include the 436-hp, 6.2-liter LS3 V8, as well as a Z06 chassis with the 505-hp, 7.0-liter LS7. Inside, the Perana gets reworked with Recaro seats and plenty of Alcantara. Only 999 will be built, with just a handful of those making it to the U.S.
McLaren and Bugatti each showed off their latest hypercars, too, the MP4-12C and the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The 1,200-horsepower Veyron recently smashed the production-car speed record by nearly touching 268 mph. McLaren’s latest masterpiece will be sold in America in 35 cities beginning in 2011, with a base price around $250,000.
If that’s not enough evidence to show the kind of deep pockets roaming the grounds at this year’s event, consider the weekend’s RM auction, in which the company sold 14 cars for over $1 million each, eight of which were Ferraris.
And that, friends, is why the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the most prestigious auto show in America.
Which would you rather have, the classic Best of Show Delage or one of the modern supercars? I’ve got my eye on that Perana…