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Monterey Car Week is a true pilgrimage for car people, something serious enthusiasts should attend at least once in their lifetime. Whether you want to watch the world’s most significant race cars tear around Laguna Seca Raceway, don your best pastel-colored slacks and hobnob with the rich and famous at the Pebble Beach Concours, or see the best of the worst at the Concours d’Lemons, Monterey has something for every car fan. Continue reading >>>
If you have a Maserati MC12 Corsa to sell, you should advertise it where potential buyers hang out.
Check your garage, loyal readers, because if you have one, you’re in luck. The Corsa is the racing version of the road-going MC12, and only 50 Corsas were ever produced.
Produced back in 2004 and 2005, the car boasts a Ferrari Enzo V12 engine that makes 620 horsepower and jumps from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. The car is based on the Enzo, however it’s slower and bigger than its more attractive cousin.
It’s kind of like an Enzo in a fat suit, to be honest. Regardless, the car is incredibly rare and valuable, especially in Corsa trim.
So where might potential buyers of this expensive machine hang out?
The Pebble Beach Concours, of course.
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.
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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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.