Name That Pebble Beach Car: Round Three

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?

Congrats to those who identified yesterday’s subject as being a 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder.

The Porsche 356 was a fine sports car and all, but engineers at the German automaker realized the little sports coupe wasn’t quite holding its own in competition. A purpose-built machine was in order, and engineers began conceiving of an all-new model in late 1952. Early the next year, Porsche unwrapped the Type 550.

Although the frame design and specifications of the 550 evolved during its three-year production run, most were designed to accept Porsche’s new Type 547 engine, a 1.5-liter, DOHC boxer-four that churned out between 110-120 horsepower, depending on the specific tune. Although early outings were haphazard, 550s ultimately became dominant forces in races from LeMans to La Carrera Panamericana, and everything in between.

Of course, 550s were also sold to (wealthy, enthusiast) consumers, and it was New York-based Porsche importer Max Hoffman who convinced Porsche to dub the car a “Spyder.” This particular 1956 example, owned by Dr. Vijay Mallya, is the last 550 ever built, and arguably one of the most original examples in the world. Few cars retain the original cloth top (pictured here), which was included more for homologation purposes than actually sheltering occupants from the elements.

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