The confetti at the 57th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was reserved for a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special. Owned by Harry Yeaggy from Ohio, the Duesey walked away with the ‘Best of Show’ honours this year. The featured marques for 2007 were Aston Martin (which made it to the official poster of the event) and the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg group. Among the powerful Auburns, the futuristic Cords and the lavish Dueseys, it was this SJ Special that drew the maximum applause. Also known as the Mormon Meteor, the 400 hp supercharged Duesenberg was raced by the famous Ab Jenkins and driven on Salt Lake city streets. It set a 24-hour speed record of 135.58 mph (a staggering 217 kph!) in 1935.
1932 Auburn 12-160A Speedster
With a 6500cc 12-cylinder motor and downdraft carburettors that churn out 160 bhp, a lightweight boat-tail speedster body, the Auburn was exceptionally fast. It set several stock car speed records on a lake bed in California. Yet, it could cruise the boulevard in style too.
1923 Locomobile Model 48 Sportif
Built in Connecticut by the Locomobile Company (who claimed it was ‘the best built car in America’), the car was driven home to Tacoma, Washington by the first owner and his chauffeur – this 3,000-mile journey on 1920s roads backs up the company’s claim! Equipped with custom bodywork by Demarest and Company, the Locomobile has a 100 bhp T-head six-cylinder engine. 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer
Rolls-Royce manufactured Silver Ghosts in the US between 1920 and 1926 at a plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Several body configurations were available from the custom coachwork department and were named after districts and towns in England. The Pall Mall, a five passenger tourer, originally sold for $12,930. Howard Hughes, the flamboyant industrialist, took delivery of this car in July 1926.
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff Stelvio
Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean was in charge of the design team behind the Bugatti Type 57s and most of them had four different body styles named after Alpine mountain peaks – Ventoux, Galibier, Atalante and Stelvio. The Stelvios were the only Type 57s that didn’t have bodies by the Bugatti factory and this two-door convertible bodywork was by the Gangloff Company. This car has the standard inline-8 displacing 3250cc. It was supercharged to develop 160 bhp.
1957 Jaguar XKSS
The fabled XKSS was the street version of the D-Type racer and is considered the predecessor to the legendary E-Type. At the end of D-Type production, 25 of the 68 race cars remained unsold at the factory. These were adapted for the road by removing the rear fin and adding a second door and some rudimentary weather protection. Beneath this more sober skin was a powerful sportscar that could do
100 kph in 7 seconds with a top speed of almost 250 kph… and this was 50 years ago! Sixteen
of the cars were quickly sold, with most of them headed to the US.
1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta Touring Superleggera
One of the 25 166MM Barchettas with 2000cc V12s that were built, this one came to the US nearly 50 years ago. Its previous owner from Arizona used to race the car in the desert, but it was retired when it needed repairs. It spent its time lying in a backyard until the current owner brought it to life. The Ferrari has had several speed record attempts to its credit and was even driven by driving legend Luigi Chinetti. 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Berlinetta
The third of three 340 Mexico Berlinettas built by Ferrari and Vignale for the November 1952 Carrera Pan Americana in Mexico. The car crashed within minutes of the start when reigning Formula 1 champion Alberto Ascari missed a curve.