Some of the most beautiful cars rolled onto California’s Monterey Peninsula for this year’s 66th annual Pebble Beach Automotive Week. The main event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is known to be one of the most competitive events in the automotive industry, and this year was no exception. The 2016 Concours d’Elegance saw more than 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world participating. This was the ultimate event not only for automakers to show off their latest and greatest models but for car-lovers to flaunt their flashy wheels, too.
For many visitors, the Pebble Beach car show and mega-auction is something they look forward to every year. For those who haven’t attended, this event is definitely at the top of many wish lists.
On the bucket list https://t.co/jWxElaiGdN
— Tom Arnold (@forzaferrari7) August 16, 2016
Let’s take a closer look at some of the major highlights that happened throughout the week at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. You can be sure that the cars did not disappoint the elite visitors and die-hard car enthusiasts!
Best of Show: 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
— Automobile Magazine (@automobilemag) August 22, 2016
The 2016 winner for Best of Show was recently restored by owner Richard Mattel. This whole restoration process took six years to complete. The Lancia has not only won Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but it won a handful of other awards before Mattel received his invitation to the Concours. For more history on the award-winning Cabriolet, check out Motor Authority’s full description.
Our 2016 Best of Show Winner: 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet, from Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, AZ. pic.twitter.com/IMoL7amPB4
— PebbleBeachConcours (@PebbleConcours) August 22, 2016
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Unveiled
There was a lot of hype around the Vision Mercedes-Maybach concept car leading up to the Pebble Beach car show. Before the car’s official unveiling, pictures were leaked, giving us all a full look at the coachbuild classic style of the car’s exterior and a close-up of the futuristic interior.
When it was finally revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach car show, it was a crowd-pleaser. The concept car stands out not only because it is a total of 18 feet in length, but due to the innovative technology that Mercedes is developing for this retro-esque car. The vehicle has four electric motors, unlike any other electric vehicle Mercedes has made in the past. These motors are powered by an 80-kWh battery pack that is expected to produce 738 HP, allowing for the EV to go from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Those who attended the car show were blown away by this car when seeing it firsthand. Check out the unveiling:
Cadillac’s New Face and New Concept Car Unveiled
With a reputation for having some of the most luxurious interiors, it was fitting for Cadillac to reveal its new concept interior at one of the most luxurious car shows. During the week leading up to the main event, Cadillac teased its brand-new, futuristic interior design and dash with all kinds of tweets to really get people excited for the Escala reveal.
— Cadillac (@Cadillac) August 17, 2016
They even went as far as releasing a video teaser days before the event:
At the Concours d’Elegance, more was revealed about the vehicle’s specs. The Escala has a V8 engine with a new feature called fuel-saving cylinder deactivation that will be a common technology found in new Cadillac cars in the years to come. The new car is also the launch of a new image for Cadillac, one that is more sleek and modern.
Bugatti Chiron’s First U.S. Reveal
The latest and greatest hypercar from this European automaker, the Bugatti Chiron’s big debut at the Pebble Beach Concours was highly anticipated; as it was its first appearance in the United States and there is no doubt that this supercar was a must-see for visitors.
With a reputation for having amazing, luxurious, and, of course, fast cars, it is not surprising that Bugatti has won 13% of the Best of Show titles at this event, making the automaker the most frequent winner of the prestigious title. Even though Bugatti didn’t win this year, the specs and design of the Bugatti Chiron are exactly what we would expect from the company. This hypercar has 1,500 HP, does 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 262 mph. This supercar definitely fit in with the industry’s finest cars at this exclusive car show.
Highest Bids on the Auction Block at the Concours
Before the auction even started, it was estimated that $370 million would be spent. Those attending the event were in for a real treat (and an expensive one at that), as they saw some of the fanciest cars in the world go up for bids. Those on hand had the chance to bid on some of the rarest and most expensive cars out there, and they paid a pretty penny for them. Top Gear called it a mega-auction last year, and the 2016 auction was nothing less than “mega.”
At the auction this year, 719 cars were sold for a total of $336.7 million, a bit less than the experts anticipated and a decrease from the total at the 2015 Concours. But while the overall figure was lower, seven cars sold for more than $10 million, which set a new record for the number of vehicles with eight-figure sale prices.
Here are the top three highest-priced cars sold at Pebble Beach in 2016:
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Alloy Spider
Predicted to be at the top of the list of highest-priced cars auctioned this year, this vehicle came in third, which is particularly surprising given that Ferraris have been the most expensive time and time again at the annual auction. But the sale price of this car wasn’t exactly chump change: It sold for $18.1 million.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider
The second-highest-priced car was a 1939 Alfa Romeo that sold for $19.8 million. The classic, pre-war, Italian-made car was a show-stopper at the auction. Not only was it one of the most expensive cars up for auction, but is considered to be one of the most expensive pre-war cars ever sold.
1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster
While 24% of the cars auctioned were modern classics at Pebble Beach this year, this classic Jaguar was highly anticipated and sought-after since winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was one of the cars featured in the Concours d’Elegance official catalog. Originally, it was estimated that this car would go for $26 million, but it ended up selling for $21,780,000. But this classic Jag is still the winner for the most expensive car of the 2016 Concours d’Elegance. She’s a beauty!
What other cars were your favorites at Pebble Beach? Did you have the opportunity to go to this incredible event this year?