Pebble Beach 2011 Preview

Cadillac Ciel Cabrio concept

The Concours d’Elegance with its magnificent old cars won’t open to the public until Sunday, but the constant hyping of Pebble Beach and all its secondary events in the press has already caused some of us to gag.

The worst offenders are the automakers who increasingly use PB to introduce new models, which this year are as boring and predictable as you can get. For example, the Lexus GS 350 and the grotesque Infiniti JX crossover.

The concepts, however, are a different story. Cadillac’s Ciel (above) is wonderful, in its grossly Cadillac way, and we hope it gets built.

But Pebble Beach is really about the Concours and the setting. I have never been to these events, but did do the 17-mile drive years ago and spent a little time in the area, which is simply gorgeous.

So instead of more hype, let’s look at photos of some great cars that I’ll bet you’ve never seen before. These come from Sports Car Digest and cover yesterday’s Tour d’Elegance. The photographer is Tim Scott.

Let us know in a comment if you can identify any of these beauties.

—jgoods

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