Official: Galpin imagines what Ford’s GT would look like today with Pebble-bound coupe

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Galpin Auto Sports will be bringing its first coachbuilt supercar to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Called the Galpin Ford GTR1, it’s a 1000-plus-horsepower monster based on the Ford GT. The reimagined supercar sports a 5.4-liter, supercharged V8 capable of rocketing the slinky GT-based coupe to over 225 miles per hour. Yowza.

When the GTR1 enters production, owners can choose between both carbon fiber and aluminum vehicle bodies. The car that will arrive at Pebble Beach will wear a metal body, sporting a smoother, more modern shape than the Ford GT. Actually, it kind of reminds us of the Shelby GR-1 Concept from the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. The cabin features plenty of machined aluminum and leather, while a McIntosh stereo will pamper audiophiles that tire of the mid-mounted V8.

Pirelli PZero tires hug 20-inch, forged aluminum wheels, while six-piston calipers and carbon rotors are poised to bring that crazy speed to a sudden halt. We’ll have more on the Galpin Ford GTR1 when it makes its first public appearance at The Quail on August 15, before it’s grand debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18.

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Report: BMW M4 Concept headed for Pebble Beach?

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, LA Auto Show, Performance, BMW, Misc. Auto Shows

If a report from AutoExpress is to be believed, BMW will have a surprise in store for August’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The sleuths on the other side of The Pond are expecting to see a production-ready concept of the M3 Coupe-replacing BMW M4. The near-production showcar move is something we’ve seen from BMW, particularly when it comes to M products, over the years.

From the report, AE is expecting production versions of both the M4 and M3 sedan to be shown at the North American International Auto Show in January. We’ve covered the M4 rather obsessively, reporting on the company’s efforts to reduce the new car’s curb weight just last week.

AutoExpress dives deeper, though, speaking to BMW Group’s Senior VP Brand and Product Strategies, Klaus Froehlich. According to Froehlich, the M3/4 only shares about 20 percent of its parts with the 335i/435i. The engine is expected to be a bespoke unit, and will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There should be plenty of carbon fiber to cut weight, as well. The report gets even more explosive, though, as the British outfit has revealed that the M3 and M4 will be joined by a 4 Series Convertible and the new BMW 2 Series in Detroit.

Now, this all seems fantastic, and we’re inclined to believe that an M4 Concept could arrive at Pebble. But debuting four (four!) models, especially two M cars, at one auto show just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. What seems more likely, though, is for the two M cars to arrive in Detroit, having been preceded by the 4 Series Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Why? Well, LA isn’t covered in snow for half the year, making it a much bigger convertible market than Detroit. As for the 2 Series, that’s a toss up. We could see it being shown at any of the big American shows, or it could be held until Geneva. We’ll be sure to update when we know more.

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Official: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to bow at Pebble Beach

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Front Three-Quarter

Aston Martin is one of the featured marques at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. With events set for August 14 through 17 and the show itself on August 18, the British brand is going all out in showing its sleek, powerful GT cars to the throngs of well-heeled attendees.

The star of the show will be the Vanquish Volante, which will be receiving its global debut. It will be joined by the CC100 Speedster Concept, Aston Martin’s centenary birthday present to itself, and the new V12 Vantage S, which is also getting its first live showing here.

All three cars feature the brand’s excellent 6.0-liter V12. With that under hood, the Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S deliver 565 horsepower and top speeds of 183 and 205 miles per hour, respectively.

The Autoblog team will be on hand at this year’s show, so be sure to check back to see all the high-dollar metal on the California coast.

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Pebble Beach to celebrate 50th anniversary of Ferrari 250 GTO with historic gathering

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 250 GTO has long been considered the most desirable Ferrari of all time, and up until last year was regarded as the most valuable car in the world. The 250 GTO’s rarity (just 39 were produced including a single prototype), its success in international racing in the 1960s, and the beautiful shape designed by Bizzarrini are an unmatched combination.

The 50th anniversary of the 250 GTO is just around the corner, and to celebrate, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has decided to hold a gathering of as many of the cars as possible. An invite has been sent out to each of the owners, and more than half have already committed to attend. If it’s anything like the Jaguar XK-SS reunion held at Pebble Beach last year, then the sight should be nothing less than epic. Hit the jump for the official PR from Pebble Beach, or peruse through our collection of Ferrari 250 GTO photos in the gallery below.

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Was a Ferrari 599 Roadster present at Pebble?

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Ferrari 599 HGTE

We may have obsessively covered the cars of Pebble Beach Week out in Monterey, California, but it appears that we – and everyone else in the media – may have missed one.

If a letter sent to a Ferrari owner is to be believed (and we’re not convinced it should be), the automaker held a special gathering for a select group of owners to view a 599 Roadster prototype. The letter, which you can view at Luxury4Play.com, thanks the attendees for their “first feedback” on this “upcoming limited edition product.” There’s no way to verify the authenticity of this letter, but if we’re honest, it looks kinda-sorta legit.

Ferrari usually does a pretty good job of keeping these things under wraps, and since we didn’t get to see the 599 Roadster during our time in Monterey, we wouldn’t be surprised if it shows up at a future auto show (Paris, perhaps?). We’ll keep our eyes peeled.

[Source: Luxury4Play via 0-60 Magazine]

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We obsessively covered Pebble Beach Week

Filed under: Concept Cars, Motorsports, Classics, Performance, Auctions, Specialty, Design/Style, Luxury, Racing

As always, we made the annual trek to Monterey, California for Pebble Beach Week with laptops in tow and digital SLR cameras in hand to capture everything worthy of your time. As you can see by our assemblage of posts below, 2010 was another spectacular year for new and old.

From a bevy of new car introductions to a slew of special events and even a couple of high-brow auctions, we’d imagine there’s something to see for just about every fan of internal combustion. Knock yourself out… and please excuse us while we (finally) put down the coffee and take a well-deserved break.


Production Cars

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Morgan EvaGT

Bentley Continental GTC 80-11

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Jaguar XKR175

Infiniti G25

Lotus Evora Cip GT4

McLaren MP4-12C

Infiniti IPL G Coupe

Lotus Exos Type 125

Perana Z-One

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Special Events

Rolex Motorsports Reunion

Jaguar’s 75th Birthday

100 Years of The Indy 500

Alfa Romeo’s 100th Birthday

Concours d’LeMons

Bugatti GP Cars

The Quail Motorsports Gathering

Ferrari F40 Birthday Collection

Concorso Italiano

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Jaguar XK-SS Gathering

Honoring Dan Gurney

Caroll Shelby Tribute

Pebble Beach Concourse

Concours Best in Show

Auctions

Gooding & Company

RM

RM for Ford

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Monterey 2010: Gooding smashes records at Pebble Beach auction

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2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction – Click above for high-res image gallery

We witnessed several million-dollar cars go up for sale at RM’s auction on Saturday night, but across town, the Gooding & Company auction had even more impressive metal crossing the block. Gooding’s two night auction resulted in more than $64 million in sales, including six world records. “We went into this year’s Pebble Beach Auctions with high expectations because of the sheer number of extraordinary cars we had consigned,” said David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “Our highest-ever Pebble Beach weekend results at $64.59 Million speak for themselves and I couldn’t be happier.”

The record-setting cars auctioned off by Gooding:

  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione at $7,260,000
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza at $6,710,000
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod at $6,105,000
  • 1956 Maserati 200SI at $2,640,000
  • 1951 Ferrari 340 America Spider at $2,530,000
  • 1937 Jaguar SS100 at $1,045,000

In addition, several other cars topped the million dollar mark including a 1995 McLaren F1 at $3,575,000, a 1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster at $3,740,000 and a 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I at $1,650,000.

Gallery: 2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction

[Source: Gooding & Company]

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Monterey 2010: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance roundup gallery

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2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – Click above for high-res image gallery

Another Pebble Beach Concours has come and gone, the confetti has flown and the champagne has been imbibed. The somewhat surprising Best of Show selection has been entered into the record books, and now, we, your faithful Autobloggers, can finally get some rest. It’s been a grueling week full of new car unveilings, vintage car races, auctions and, of course, the Concours. As much as we enjoy every minute of it, and are sad to see it end, we’re always glad to be home again, sleeping in our own beds. But before we crawl back into our caves to slumber for another year, we have some unfinished business to take care of.

There are always thousands of images that don’t make it into the official posts, most of which are just as beautiful, and just as interesting. As you probably surmised if you’ve seen our coverage so far, this year’s Concours was truly spectacular – from the Dawn Patrol entrance of the twelve Jaguar XK-SS roadsters to the crowning of the champ, we’ve shown you the tributes to Indy, Alfa, and Jaguar, to the Ferrari SWB and Ghia… and now it’s time to show you all of the rest of the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We’ve assembled a gallery of high-res images for you to peruse that covers what we didn’t cover to date. Call it a parting nod to you our readers and to all those who make this such a great event. See you next year.

Gallery: 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Photos Copyright (C)2010 Drew Phillips, Frank Filipponio / AOL

Monterey 2010: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance roundup gallery originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monterey 2010: Jaguar’s 75th birthday party at Pebble Beach

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Jaguar 75th Anniversary at Pebble Beach

Jaguar 75th Anniversary at Pebble Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’ve already shown you that Jaguar was honored at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with a dozen XK-SS roadsters showing up for the party, but there were other Jaguars on hand as well – lots and lots of remarkable Jags.

The history of Jaguar actually began almost 90 years ago when two young men hell-bent on motorcycle glory set up a small company to produce sidecars under the Swallow name in 1922. The younger of the two was William Lyons, who later became Sir William Lyons, mainly because Jaguar went on to bring Britain so much motoring glory. The sidecar business eventually turned into an automobile coachworks, with custom bodies on a bespoke Standard brand chassis that became know as the S.S.I. and S.S.II.

For the follow-up to those early S.S. models – Standard Swallow some think – Lyons had commissioned a new overhead-valve six-cylinder engine that was about 50 percent more powerful than the old side-valve engines they had been using. They put the new engine in a new chassis, enclosed it in the company’s first four-door sedan body and Lyons personally chose what he thought was the most appropriate name from a list of choices given to him by his advertising people – Jaguar. On September 23, 1935, the company unveiled the SS Jaguar to London’s assembled press. That car led to the short-wheelbase SS Jaguar 100 sports car that helped establish Jaguar’s reputation for performance with its early racing success.

After World War II, the company decided to change its name to simply ‘Jaguar,’ dropping the newly infamous “S.S.” label. The automaker also started focusing less on inexpensive sportscars for the homeland market, and more on luxurious models aimed at capturing rich American buyers. One way to do that was with new product and Lyons and his crew were cooking up a duesie – a new sportscar featuring a double overhead cam engine just like the race cars of the era. The goal was 160 horsepower from the engine’s 3.4-liter capacity and a 120 mph top speed. That car was the iconic XK120 – “XK” for the engine and “120” for the car’s top speed. That begat the XK140 and 150 and a whole slew of other legendary vehicles that bore the Jaguar name.

Some of the finest examples of Jaguar’s pedigree were on hand at Pebble Beach on Sunday. Take a look in our high-res gallery below.

1935 S.S. 90
1935 S.S.I. Drophead Coupe
1938 Jaguar SS100 Roadster
1952 Jaguar C-type
1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster
1955 Jaguar D-Type
1961 Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe
1966 Jaguar XJ13 Prototype

Gallery: Jaguar 75th Anniversary at Pebble Beach

1955 Jaguar D-type1955 Jaguar D-type1955 Jaguar D-type1955 Jaguar D-type1955 Jaguar D-type

Photos Copyright (C)2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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Monterey 2010: A century of Indianapolis 500 entrants féted at Pebble

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Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary at Pebble Beach

Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary at Pebble Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 this May represented the 100th Anniversary of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.” The unbroken streak halted a total of five years during our involvement with the two World Wars. It’s hard to believe we’ve had this legendary race for that long, but the centennial was certainly deserving of recognition – and although perhaps a bit incongruous to some, it was celebrated in grand style at no less than the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As America’s premier race, why not have America’s – and perhaps the world’s – premier classic car event host the festivities?

A large class of past Indy winners and notable contenders gathered in Pebble Beach on Sunday. Take a look at our gallery and you will see most, if not all, of the entrants – many on rare special loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum:

1911 Marmon “Wasp”
1920 Peugeot 3 Litre
1928 Miller “Front Drive Special”
1934 Ringling & Henning “Wonder Bread Special”
1938 Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Valve Special”
1950 Kurtis “Cummins Diesel Special”
1953 Kurtis Kraft KK 500B “Bardahl Special” B
1961 Cooper T51 “Kimberly Cooper-Climax Special”
1961 Watson “Bowes Seal Fast Special”
1965 Lotus 38 “Powered by Ford”
1972 McLaren “Sunoco Special”

Some incredible cars with the strongest of pedigrees are in there, and the best part of this class was seeing how much things have changed while some things seem to stay the same despite the era. Take a look at the gallery below and see the evolution of Indy race cars over a century.

Gallery: Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary at Pebble Beach

1972 McLaren 1972 McLaren 1972 McLaren 1972 McLaren 1961 Watson

Photos Copyright (C)2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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