Each year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance gathers some of the world’s most beautiful automobiles and places them atop one of the world’s most scenic locales: Monterey, California. Although the event occurred almost two weekends ago, we managed to snap several photos we think are more than worthy of our weekly trivia challenge.
Think you can identify the mystery Pebble Beach car above? If that curve looks familiar or that beaten aluminum panel triggers a flashback, send us your guess via the comments section below.
Did You ID Yesterday’s Polished Pebble?
Yesterday’s car is one of, if not, the most famous BMW’s of all time. It was a race-spec 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL.
In 1972, BMW established its Motorsports Division, known more commonly simply as M Division. The group’s first product was the vaulted 3.0 CSL, which was shortly transformed into a mean race car. BMW blessed the stock ’73 3.0 CSL with a potent 206-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. Although that was plenty of power for a road going car of the day, it wouldn’t have stood a chance on the track.
Because racing was, and still is, so competitive, BMW took care to seriously upgrade even the most potent version of its small coupe for racing. The race-spec cars typically featured a larger 3.2-liter I-6 producing around 480 horsepower. Later versions would get single- and even later twin-turbochargers to boost output north of 750 horsepower.
In addition to boosting power, BMW of course stripped out the interior and upgraded the suspension for track duty. These changes helped to create a lighter, more agile car capable of (hopefully) winning races. All the upgrades worked as BMW 3.0 CSLs competed effectively in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning their class several times.