1966 Ferrari 330P4 Spyder Wins the 2016 Gran Turismo Trophy
PEBBLE BEACH, U.S.A. (August 21, 2016) – The 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held this past Sunday, on the scenic Monterey Peninsula, where Gran Turismo founder Kazunori Yamauchi awarded the coveted Gran Turismo Trophy to an immaculate 1966 Ferrari 330 P4 Spyder.
To classic car enthusiasts, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance needs no introduction. Taking place every year in August, the event features hundreds of historic cars, displayed on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Located about an hour away from San Francisco, the Concours is part of a week-long festival of car worship that includes Concorso Italiano, numerous auctions and the Historic Races at Laguna Seca.
1933 Lancia Astura Aerodinamico
This car produced by “Castagna” Carrozzeria of Milan embodies the streamline body design that was popular in the early 1930s.
1949 Porsche 356SL
The 356 evolved from the People’s Car (Volkswagen), created by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. In 1948 and 1949, 50 aluminum-bodied 356 coupes were produced, which were said to be prototypes for later models. Of these 50, four were taken to France by the factory works team to race in the 1951 24 Hours Le Mans. Tragically, three of them crashed during qualifying, but the remaining car made it to the end, finishing 20th overall and winning the 1100cc class. The car shown here is that Le Mans winning car.
1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Buegelfalte
When it came to pre-war sports cars, the BMW 328, powered by a 6-cylinder engine, was indeed the ultimate driving machine. Only 462 examples were produced, of which three of them, possessing an in-house-designed roadster body, raced at the 1940 Mille Miglia. All three cars shined in the event, placing 3rd, 5th and 6th. It is said that the long sweeping design of the front fenders that connects to the rear fenders influenced many sports car designs of the 1940s and 1950s. And, in case you were wondering, the name “Buegelfalte” means “trouser crease.”
1970 American Motors AMX/3
Seeking to create its own niche in the American car landscape, American Motors refused to follow the path of the Big Three by offering the driving public unique vehicles that catered to enthusiasts. The AMX/3 is a prime example of that philosophy. This sports car was all business, armed with a 6.4-liter V-8 mounted amidships that came mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, the company experienced financial difficulties, and only five examples of this car were produced (another one came a bit later). One of them is shown here, and it’s evident that if the AMX/3 had a full production run, it would have given the De Tomaso Pantera, which came out about the same time, a run for its money.
Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
Created by Giotto Bizzarrini, who helped give Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and ATS their driving flair, the 5300 GT represents the strong desire of this brilliant engineer to make fast beautiful cars available to everyone. After having developed models such as the Iso Rivolta and the Grifo in the 1960s, Bizzarrini wanted to make a production version of the A3C, the race version of the Grifo; however, the executives at Iso turned him down. So Bizzarrini left the company and made his own production version of the A3C called the Bizzarrini 5300 GT. Although it wasn’t a commercial success, the car, whose lines were later refined by Giorgio Giugiaro, has a firm place in history as one of the most beautiful examples of mechanical Italian art ever.