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Arguably the most prestigious of all concours, the annual Pebble Beach show has grown considerably since its semi-humble beginnings back in 1950 when 30 cars were displayed at what was then the Del Monte Lodge. Fast forward 61 years and over 200 cars (and even a few motorcycles) are on display, all vying for the prestigious Best of Show prize.
This year’s event drew vehicles from 27 states and 14 countries (plus Monaco). Featured vehicles included the Ferrari F250 GTO (above) with 22 on display, not to mention the Jaguar E-Type and a special display by Mercedes-Benz highlighting 125 year of the automobile.
But perhaps what makes Pebble Beach so special are the true rarities. Enjoy a selection of them below.
GALLERY: 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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A series of leaked photos and a UK market press release are the first look we have at the 2013 Lexus GS luxury sedan. Also confirmed are F-Spot, and hybrid versions (with a GS450h mentioned) as well as a GS250 packing a 2.5L V6 – for Europe only we presume.
With styling borrowing heavily from previous Lexus concepts (and a rear styling treatment strongly reminiscent of the Lexus IS), the 2013 Lexus GS is just the right side of conservative for the Lexus brand. North American will likely see the GS350 and the GS450h, but with the introduction of the 4-cylinder BMW 528i, we may end up with the GS250 as well.
Lexus claims that trunk capacity is up by 25 percent, while front and rear tracks have been widened by almost two inches. New safety features include a Night Vision System, Lane Departure Warning System, radar-guided cruise control and a new system called Lane Keep Assist, that will actively steer the car back into the proper lane should it drift outwards. The 2013 GS will also feature a new 12.3 inch LCD screen that can be configured for a split-screen configuration (allowing for both navigation and entertainment interfaces on the same screen) as well as an optional 17-speaker, 835 watt Mark Levinson audio system.
Unfortunately, firm details regarding powertrains (such as horsepower and torque figures), fuel economy, curb weights or dimensions haven’t been revealed. AutoGuide will be on hand at the official unveiling at Pebble Beach on August 18th, where Lexus will hopefully reveal more.
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS
UPDATE: With the all-new GS now revealed, check out video of the reveal after the jump:
He’s the only man so far to have won motorsport world championships on both two and four wheels. Now, John Surtees is set to be reunited with two of the machines that made it possible on Sunday, August 21st at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
From 1956-60 Surtees proved a force to be reckoned with in Motorcycle Grand Prix racing; having earned a factory ride with MV Agusta, he rode to seven world championships and in 1958-59 won every single race he entered in the 350 and 500cc categories.
In 1960, he switched from two wheels to four, earning a drive with Team Lotus for the final four F1 races of the season. It all came together in 1963 when he was hired by Enzo Ferrari to drive for his team. The following year, in a hotly contested champinship battle against Graeme Hill, Surtees won the F1 championship, making history in the process.
Surtees later went on to field his own cars in Formula 1, finally retiring from the circuit in 1973. The two vehicles on display at Pebble Beach will be one of the MV Agustas on which he dominated Moto GP in the late 1950s, as well as the championship winning 1964 Ferrari 158 Formula 1 racer.
Moving around to the back-side of its new 7-seat luxury crossover, Infiniti has released a second teaser image of the new JX. Giving just a glimpse of the rear taillight, it’s obvious the new JX will borrow styling cues from the rest of the brand’s crossover lineup
Set to be revealed, in concept form, at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18, between now and that date, the Nissan luxury division will reveal five more teaser photos as a part of the “Power of 7″ marketing campaign. Each photo will be posted on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infiniti). And as an added incentive to send you to the page, Infiniti is running a contest to win a trip for two to the reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours.
After that unveiling the production model will debut at the LA Auto Show in November, with sales starting in the Spring of 2012.