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Feature Cars at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

Beginning this morning with the start of the Pebble Beach Tour d’ Elegance, the major official events that are a part of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will be underway. Preview days for the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company run thru to Friday with the first auction being held that evening, and the second beginning on Saturday morning. You can view highlights of the 2016 Pebble Beach Auction here, and watch a live feed of both 2017 auctions at the Gooding & Company website.

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance begins at 6 AM PST on Sunday morning with “Dawn Patrol” where hundreds of enthusiasts assemble to watch the cars being driven onto the seaside lawn in front of the Lodge at Pebble Beach. After all of the cars are assembled, judging begins at 9 AM, and the class winners drive over the ramp and are presented with their awards starting at 3 PM.

If you return to this post at 2 PM PDT on Sunday you can view a live stream of the Concours presented by “Automobile Magazine.” It can be found at the bottom of this page, and you will be able to learn details about some of the cars on display, watch the class awards, followed by the presentation of the Best of Show award.

We will return late next week with the first installment of our two-part coverage of the event by Jennifer Strong.

The following list includes the special classes at the Concours this year:

Isotta Fraschini

Castagna Coachwork

American Dream Cars of the 1960s

Ferrari Major Race Winners

Ferrari One-off Spéciales

  •  1983 Best of Show: A 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Special Sports Tourer above and a front view of another Tipo 8A below are representative of some of the cars in the Isotta Fraschini class. Photos © Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.


  • Below you can return to this post and watch live stream coverage of the Concour beginning on Sunday at 2PM PST.

11 responses to “Feature Cars at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

  1. Hmm, I wonder if Dick McClure will have his 1958 Renault Dauphine ( that he bought for $300 bucks) there this year. A few years back, he brought his car to Pebble Beach. To say it stood out like a sore thumb, would be a statement. Even Jay Leno, spent some time talking to him, and was more of a hit than some of the fancy cars.

    • Howard, There are 100s of collector cars of all types running around on the Monterey Peninsula all week that enthusiasts use for transportation, and to attend all of the various events going on there. The cars are a kind of mobile show going on all week and it is something to see in person.

  2. I think the lodge is called Del Monte Lodge at Pebble Beach, rather than Pebble Beach Lodge, unless they’ve recently renamed it.

    • Puhnto, The Hotel Del Monte is located nearby in Monterey and may have been used in the early years? The Lodge at Pebble Beach has been there since 1919 and the golf course in front of it is where the Concours takes place.

    • Now I thought just the opposite. Except for the nose, that Studebaker styling is so reminiscent of the early ’60’s that it would have fit right in. Their designers never could get the front end right

      • As Harley Earl once said, “The most important part of the design of an automobile is the grille, the face of it. That is the whole design, right there.”
        I wonder what he would think of today’s Tesla.

  3. The Sceptre and its twin are both in the Studebaker National Museum in So. Bend, IN. They’re much more beautiful in person. One can only wonder if Studebaker had the financial means to produce the car. Of course, some changes would need to be made, such as the headlights. Beautiful!!!!

  4. At first glance, I too liked the Sceptre. Then after realizing why, I immediately realized it had “borrowed“ strong influence of the late `50s-early `60s Ford Thunderbirds. Rear deck wide, flat slope and quick dropoff. Large wide flat hood, tall and shallow curve one piece windshield. Sloping rear sail panels above rear quarters, long tall slab sides with slight linear sculpturing (with a too bold wide trim panel?). 4 seater, front buckets, personal hardtop coupe.

    Looks to be in very nice condition. OK, OK someone is going to say it came before the Birds, but I must remind you that evolutionary designs at Big 3 in those days still took 3 years to ready for final production. Chicken vs Egg? Probably not. Just good eye by Mr. Stevens who saw and appreciated good lines did his own special grille and trim with a little finnesse here and there including at touch of Buick to the sharp radius on front fenders. He was a very good independent contract designer for sure. Too bad he never got to see it go into production. By then Packard management marriage to Studebaker management had spent too much money and had ruined everything in two already glorious but sinking ships. No money to continue both operations! Struggle on at Stude with the nice Larks, but too little, too late. Kaput. Very sad story in both South Bend and Detroit. Just like most businesses and nature, “survival of the fittest“! But then comes along the Chryslers and GMs of the world wanting government bail out money. Twice in case of Chrysler. Will they want (“need“) another? That leaves only one still respectable American Car Big 3 survivor (not quite as messed up at least for now who still keeps looking internally to do the right thing). NO, not even the Palo Alto firm who has “Tucker management disorder“ along with some wonderful talented people.

    Thanks for superb photos.

    • I saw the Sceptre at Pebble on Sunday. It attracted considerable attention, and has a definite persona of its own which is not apparent in photos, as Roger indicates above. Beautiful!.

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