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Pebble Beach Concours

Pebble Beach Concours

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So, the brief but exciting 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is in the books and we can officially announce the winner of its most coveted award: "Best of Show." This award is just what it sounds like; out of all of the possible classes in the entire Concours, this model was the most amazing of them all. Sure, winning any of the various class awards is great, but a "Best of Show" award is one that an owner can brag about for an entire lifetime.

This year’s winner is a 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, and we swear that it did not win on name length alone — though that may have been a part of the judging process... This monster of a drop top, which is better known as simply the Packard Twelve, comes courtesy of Joseph and Margie Cassini III from West Orange, New Jersey.

This classic Packard took home the prize, despite plenty of top-line competition from the other nominees, which included a 1932 Lincoln KB Murphy Roadster; a 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Coupé; and a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Van den Plas Belgium Torpedo

Read more about the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria after the jump

With Lincoln’s MKZ Black Label trim getting a lot of the publicity leading up to their public debuts at Pebble Beach, it’s important to remember that another one of the company’s models is getting the Black Label treatment.

In addition to the three MKZs that were given Black Label executions, the MKC also received some luxury interior lovin’, highlighting the lengths Lincoln will go to provide its resident SUV an expressive form of luxury that can set it apart from the rest of the competition.

It’s not surprising that Lincoln would go this route. After all, it’s been widely established that the brand has a certain taste for luxury that is only emboldened and emphasized by the unveiling of the Black Label trim for the MKC.

But the best part of this announcement is the equally important news that the Black Label interior trim won’t be limited to just being showpiece exhibits at Pebble Beach. Lincoln has every intention to release them out to the market, possibly as early as late next year.

That news, on its own, is enough for us to give these interior upgrades, including the one on the MKC Black Label some serious air time.

Click past the jump to read about what makes up the Lincoln MKC Black Label Concept

Once again, the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is flexing its automotive muscles, as Lincoln is set to unveil a new exclusive line for its entry-level MKZ at the show. Dubbed the Black Label line, this collection of interior and exterior dress-up packages add some extra style, class and exclusivity to the MKZ line, taking it up a notch in the luxury-car realm.

The Black Label line will eventually make its way across the entire Lincoln lineup, but for now where better to start than with its most desired model? The Lincoln MKZ Black Label comes in three different styles: Center Stage, Indulgence and Modern Heritage. Each of the three styles are distinctly different in look and feel, and really offer a custom look to the MKZ that few other lower-level luxury car manufacturers offer.

According to Lincoln, there were more than 12 different design concepts that Lincoln Design took under consideration and these three rose to the top and made the cut. So, can this Black Label line add the premium features that the MKZ so sorely needs to catapult it above the likes of Acura TL and Lexus ES 350 ?

Click past the jump to read about each of the three designs and how they change the MKZ

The 2013 running of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just keeps getting better with every passing hour as we approach the start of the show. BMW has just announced that it will be at Pebble Beach in full effect with the 2013 Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupè , which will make this the North American debut for this concept, and a BMW 507 Roadster, which only made its way to 250 lucky owners through the late 1950s.

While those two tidbits of information are awesome in their own right, the big news has something to do with a slightly newer model. Yes, the all-new 2014 BMW 428i will make its way to the Concours and BMW will actually be raffling off the brand-new coupe. That’s right, one lucky spectator will have a free 428i with the Sportline Premium Package in tow delivered to his or her home in January 2014. The estimated value of the total package is about $50k.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (831) 455-4712 or by downloading the entry form here and emailing, faxing or mailing the form. The raffle tickets are $100 each and you do not need to be in attendance to win the vehicle. Simply check off the "I will NOT be present" box on the form or alert the operator you speak to on the phone that you will not be in Pebble Beach. Only 2,000 raffle tickets will be offered, so you had better get to sending in your forms or dialing your phone.

To boot, the money collected from the raffle will go to supporting abused, neglected and abandoned children by way of the Kinship Center.

Click past the jump to read about the new 2014 428i

Cadillac Ciel Concept

It looks like Cadillac is bringing more than just a new emblem to Pebble Beach.

The American luxury automaker has always used Pebble Beach as the site for its concept unveilings (remember the Ciel Concept two years ago?) and it looks like this year’s event will be no different.

In a press release announcing its participation in Pebble Beach , Caddy has confirmed that a new design concept will be in attendance. As far as details behind this concept are concerned, the company opted to be tight-lipped on the issue, preferring instead to probably blow our socks off with another bewildering design study similar to what it did when it came out of left field and dropped our jaws with the Ciel two years ago.

In addition to the concept, Cadillac will also have its own heritage exhibit, which will include some of its most expressive design models in the past: the 1967 Eldorado , a 1965 Coupe Deville, and a 1937 Series 90 V16.

But make no mistake, the true highlight of its participation at Pebble Beach will be this mysterious concept that the company has shed little details about. Judging by how forward-looking the Ciel was, we have little doubt that this new design study will be equally - if not more - compelling than its fellow Pebble Beach attendee.

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac Ciel Concept

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The Lamborghini Veneno made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and shocked pretty much everyone, but not everyone took too kindly to it. Now, you’ll get a chance to see if this is either the best or worst Lamborghini you’ve ever seen, as Lambo will display the supercar at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend.

Prior to it hitting the Pebble Beach Concourse, the Veneno will make its North American debut on August 16th, at The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering , which will also bring into focus classic Lamborghini models, like the 1963 350 GTV. Veneno’s unveiling in Monterey is part of Lamborghini’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.

"We’re celebrating 100 years of innovation in half the time – what better way than by showing the first Lamborghini ever built alongside our latest racing prototype and road-going super sports car - the Veneno."

The $4 million supercar will be delivered to its lucky owners later this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Veneno.

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Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai unveiled the HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and now plans to show it one more time at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The concept will be displayed on the Concept Lawn, which brings into focus some of the most innovative concepts of the moment and presents "future automobile development in the context of its gloried past."

Each year only 20 concepts are accepted for displayed on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn, so having your vehicle presented there is a huge privilege. Before being accepted onto the lawn, each concept needs to pass rigorous Concours criteria for its overall design propriety and technological significance. Alongside the concept, the automaker needs to bring to the lawn the lead concept designers who will have to talk about the concept and to present their vision of the future automobile’s unlimited potential.

"The HCD-14 speaks powerfully in terms of both premium design trends and advanced driving technologies, making it a perfect fit for the Concept Lawn venue. We’re looking forward to hearing opinions from some of the world’s leading automotive enthusiasts on this ground-breaking concept from Hyundai."

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.

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Acura NSX Concept

The end of this week will bring to our attention one of the most awaited shows of the summer: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . If you happen to be in Monterey County, California on August 18th you will have the chance to see the concept version of the upcoming Acura NSX sports car. Though we’ve already seen the concept several times, this is a great opportunity for anyone considering purchasing the NSX to get an idea of what it will look like in person.

August has been a pretty busy month for the NSX , as just a few days ago the first NSX prototype lapped the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX lapped the 2.4-mile winding road course with a member of the Ohio-based engineering development team behind the wheel.

The production version will be put on sale in 2015, and Acura will produce it in nearby Marysville, Ohio at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center now under construction.

Click past the jump to read more about the production version Acura NSX.

Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo

The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is set to kick off on August 18th, 2013. This is one of the few shows that lasts only a day, as it starts at dawn and finalizes with an award presentation from 1:30 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. in the same day.

As its fancy name and high-end location alludes to, this auto show focuses on super-luxury cars from the past and present, and even future cars and concepts . The Pebble Beach show is set on the 18th fairway on the Pebble Beach Links, and the area tends to be pretty cool in the morning and evening, but warm in the daytime, so organizers recommend wearing layered clothing. Additionally, the typical Links dress is not required to attend the show, as organizers permit dress ranging from classy to "resort casual," so break out the Hawaiian shirts, folks!

If you decide to hang out in the area for the entire weekend, there are tons of golf courses to check out, as well as art galleries, local tours, fine dining and high-end shopping venues within a few miles of the event. Additionally, there are numerous automotive events leading up to the Concours that you can attend, should you decide to hang out for the entire week. These events include:

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on Park Ave August 13
  • Automobilia Monterey August 13-14
  • Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company August 14-18
  • Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance August 15
  • Pebble Beach RetroAuto August 16-18
  • Automotive Fine Arts Society August 18

We’ll bring you all of the highlights of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as more details come.

Click past the jump to read about the key happenings at the 2013 Concours

Image Note: The above image is of last year’s Best in Show award winner: a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo .

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The current Cadillac logo was unveiled in 1999 and it has remained unchanged since then. Reports are now pointing toward Caddy developing a new logo. A report from Automotive News claims that this new logo will be unveiled next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on a concept vehicle. However, it will not be used on a production car until 2015.

It looks like Cadillac’s decision to change its logo came after it received negative feedback from customers. According to a Cadillac insider "the wreath is seen as outdated and obsolete." As a result, Cadillac will most likely opt for a single-piece logo.

According to the same insider, this new single-piece logo could give designers more flexibility to play with the "face" of future Cadillac models. When it comes to its positioning on the vehicle, there are two possibilities: one will be in the center of the grille as it is now, or above the hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the Cadillac Logo.


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