2015 Pebble: 10 of Our Favorite Cars from The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering
A look at some of the coolest cars from the gathering
You couldn't have ordered up a better day for the 13th annual edition of The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. The exclusive show featuring of some of the world's most amazing cars and the people who own and love them has become one of the signature events of the Pebble Beach/Monterey weekend.
This year's categories included Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Racing, Post-War Sports, Sports and Racing Motorcycles, the Great Ferraris, and Supercars. There is also a best-in-show, with an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 (pictured above) scoring this year's overall winner crown.
We spent the afternoon walking around -- jaws dropped to the lawn -- gawking and talking about all the fantastic cars at the event. Below is a selection of our favorites from The Quail. Enjoy!
1987 Porsche 911 Turbo
We approached this Guards Red over black leather Porsche by chance, as at first glance it looked simply like a nice, clean, and well-cared for 930.
Talk about an understatement.
Closer inspection and a chat with its owner revealed a scant 5,321 original miles on this 3.3-liter, 282-horsepower Turbo's odometer, flawless leather, and its original tires. Even the underbody protective coating Porsche applied at the factory prior to shipping -- it typically wears off relatively quickly once a car is driven consistently -- remains intact.
The story goes that a Cincinnati-area woman purchased the car new and, being an artist, realized soon after that the Turbo's muscular proportions represent Stuttgart's own masterpiece transferred from drawing paper to road. She subsequently expanded her studio and parked the 911 inside for permanent display; the car acquired the majority of its limited miles during once-per-year service visits. Exactly what needed servicing, we're not quite sure. Regardless, the artist, now in her 80s, finally felt it was time to let the car go and sold it recently to the present owner. He believes only four or five additional sub-10,000 mile 1987 Turbos reside in the United States, according to, he says, extensive research prior to purchasing this example. - Mac Morrison
1957 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double Bubble by Carrozzeria Zagato
This hot little red Fiat caught our eye, and for good reason. The 750 GTs were successful on the race track and with gentlemen racers thanks in part to its 750 cc engine hanging off the back. They swept the podium in the 750-cubic centimeter class at the 1957 Mille Miglia, and found much success on U.S. circuits as well.
1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe
Talk about patina. This Porsche was one of the big hits of the show. It looked like a tired old rust bucket at first but there's a certain charm to an unrestored car, especially one as special as this Porsche. The Reutter-bodied 356 is one of the best takes on the form that would come to define Porsches all the way through to today. The 356 was powered by a 1.5-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder with 64 horsepower, mated to four-speed manual gearbox.
1971 BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina B2S
BMW is celebrating 40 years of its official presence in the U.S. this year, and the CSL is one of the cars that helped launch the BMW into super stardom in America, thanks in part to the 3.0 CSL race car's victory at Sebring in 1975. This is a particularly tight example of a rare 1971 BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina B2S, and it looks fabulous.
1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S (VC)
This car played a part in of the golden age of rallying, and was one of the greatest cars Alpine ever created. The squat little rear-engined two-door coupe was based on the R8 sedan, and was powered by a 138 horsepower, 1.56 liter four-cylinder with twin Weber carburetors, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The newly constituted World Rally Championship also began in 1973, and the A110 was dominant in the WRC's inaugural season, capturing 147 points and the constructors' title.
1995 Acura NSX
The all-new NSX will be hitting the streets next year, and it owes its existence to cars like this killer supercharged NSX worked over by Comptech. This particular car is owned by Honda U.S. executive vice president John Mendel.
1932 Ford "Double Down" roadster by Fuller Hot Rods
Commissioned by Jet-Hot, this all-wheel-drive Deuce stood out SEMA when it first showed its face in 2013. Fuller Hot Rods still had a lot of work left to do on the '32 at the time, but it's done now and the "Double Down" stood way, way out on the Quail's lawn. It's easy to see why, what with its 750-hp, Jon Kaase-built Boss 429-cubic-inch V-8 engine, magnesium sprint car wheels, and transfer case sticking out of its front end.
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV Roadster
The Quail is usually the site of a new vehicle debut or two, and this year the Aventador SV Roadster came out to the world at the event. The most powerful Lamborghini ever now comes in topless form, and the lucky few who will drive and buy them now get to hear the siren song of the 6.5-liter V-12 under its rear decklid, with its monumental 740 horsepower and 508 lb-ft of torque.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
Any kid who grew up in the '80s and lusted after exotic Italian metal probably had an unhealthy relationship with the 288 GTO, the spiritual successor to the holiest of holy Ferraris, the 250 GTO. Only 272 were made, and they featured a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-8 with 400 horsepower. Being a turbo Ferrari, it's also a spiritual successor of sorts to the all-new, turbocharged 488 GTB.
1966 Ford GT40 MK II
Perhaps you've heard that Ford is doing an all-new Ford GT and it's coming to Le Mans in 2016. That car would not be happening if it weren't for cars like this awesome example of the GT40. One of 12 built, this car scored the overall win at the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona and was the car the controversially finished second at that year's Le Mans 24 Hours due to a technicality. This car will be featured as part of the Petersen Museum's collection, and we look forward to seeing it in the all-new Petersen later this year.