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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013: The Europeans

Believe it or not, there’s still more vintage goodness from this year’s Pebble Beach.  Most recently, we brought you the American manufacturers represented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and today we share with you their European counterparts.

This 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Cabriolet stopped Sara and I in our tracks. The lines of this Art Deco automobile are beautiful, but what really stunned us was the color! How often do you see a car of this era painted a bright color like this? We often see cars of this era in more muted tones, and this lively two-toned paint scheme was w fun change of pace.

MConF-IMG_4596r1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Coupe

MConF-IMG_4608r1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Cabriolet

Another brightly-colored Vanvooren. This 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Coupe is another example of the beautiful coachwork of Vanvooren, and is painted like a sunflower, as the current owner’s daughter suggested.

MConF-IMG_4604r1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Pillarless Saloon

MConF-IMG_4602r1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Vanvooren Pillarless Saloon

MConF-IMG_4600r1939 Delage D8-120 Vanvooren Coupe

MConF-IMG_4598r1949 Bentley Mark VI Vanvooren Coupe

MConH-1-IMG_4876r1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Portholme Torpedo

MConH-1-IMG_4878r1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Park Ward Streamline Saloon

MConH-1-IMG_4880r1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Merrimac Piccadilly

The details of this 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Rothchild et Fils-Style Limousine were outstanding. We first saw this sedan at the Tour d’Elegance and noticed a few of the details then, and discovered many more on the day of the Concours. Notice the serpent’s head? That is the horn for the driver. We also loved the wicker detail tha made up the tan band around the back half of the body.

The inside even had more fun details, like this speaker, in place so the passenger could easily talk to the driver.

MConH-1-IMG_4888r1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Van den Plas Belgium Torpedo

This 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Murphy Convertible Sedan coachwork was done in Pasadena California by the Walter M. Murphy Co. Walter Murphy had ties to many of the early American auto manufacturers, including Ford. He started as a Simplex dealer and went on to be one of the premier builders on the West Coast.


MConH-2-IMG_4858r1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Freestone & Webb Drophead Coupe

MConH-2-IMG_4860r1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe

MConH-2-IMG_4862r1956 Bentley S1 Continental Graber Cabriolet

MConH-2-IMG_4864r1956 Bentley S1 Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon

MConH-2-IMG_4866r1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe

MConH-2-IMG_4869r1952 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon

MConH-2-IMG_4871r1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Mulliner State Landaulette

MConI-IMG_0895r1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

MConI-IMG_0898r1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

MConI-IMG_0900r1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A

MConI-IMG_0902r1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

MConJ1-IMG_4695r1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Floyd-Derham Convertible Sedan

MConJ1-IMG_4697r1936 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Tourer

MConJ1-IMG_4699r1927 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Surbico Sport Coupe

MConJ1-IMG_4701r1930 Bugatti Type 46 Baby Royale Faux Cabriolet

MConJ1-IMG_4703r1930 Gar Type B5 Roadster

MConJ1-IMG_4706r1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sport Saloon

MConJ1-IMG_4708r1936 Jaguar SS100 Roadster

This 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 Binder Coupe de Ville was originally owned by the Deutsch de la Meurthe family who introduced the first gas pumps in France. The car is currently owned by the Nethercutt Museum and won First in Class at Pebble Beach in 1981.

MConJ2-IMG_4828r1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Graber Cabriolet

MConJ2-IMG_4830r1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer

MConJ2-IMG_4832r1938 Talbot-Lago 150C SS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet

MConJ2-IMG_4834r1938 BMW 327/8 Cabriolet

MConJ2-IMG_4836r1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

MConJ2-IMG_4838r1939 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff Stelvio

The  1940 Tetra T87 Sedan was a engineering marvel for its time. It had an air-cooled motor in the rear, independent suspension all the way around, and this intriguing, streamlined shape.
Check out the patina on this 1935 Voisin Clairiere Berline. This is one of the most original Voisins in the world.


MConL1-IMG_4901r1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica Shelsely

MConL1-IMG_4911r1930 Hispano-Suiza H6C D’leteren Freres Tansformable

The Europeans manufactures made some of the most stunning and influential cars of the time period, pushing the envelope of both engineering and style. This year’s Pebble Beach offering of Europeans certainly made for a strong showing!