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.
1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Coupe
1935 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.
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Park Ward Streamline Saloon
1925 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.
1914 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.
1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Freestone & Webb Drophead Coupe
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe
1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Mulliner State Landaulette
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B
1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Floyd-Derham Convertible Sedan
1936 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Tourer
1927 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Surbico Sport Coupe
1930 Bugatti Type 46 Baby Royale Faux Cabriolet
1930 Gar Type B5 Roadster
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sport Saloon
1936 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.
1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Graber Cabriolet
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Vanden Plas Tourer
1938 Talbot-Lago 150C SS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet
1938 BMW 327/8 Cabriolet
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1939 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.
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!