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Show of Superlatives

51st Annual Pebble Beach Concours 2001, Sunday, August 19th

Show of Superlatives

Warm pullovers and jackets instead of sun hats were a ”must-have” at Pebble Beach this year due to heavy clouds and wind coming from the sea. The sun fought hard against the sea fog but even in the afternoon the sun had no chance against it.

Anyway, seeing such a show of superlatives like the impressing Mercedes-Benz display or the Ferrari Pininfarina  and Competition class grids cared for warm hearts !
Vintage Bentley and the 100 year anniversary of Mercedes-Benz took center stage this year and so no less than 23 Bentleys and 36 Mercedes were shown on the sacred green of the Pebble Beach Lodge.

John McCaw from Seattle brought two exceptional cars to Pebble Beach. The first one, a rare Aston Martin DBR 1, won the Strother MacMinn Trophy for the most elegant sports car at this year’s Concours and the second one, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Berlinetta (s/n 2417GT) took the third place in class M-1 (Ferrari Competition). This ex-works racer was driven to victory by Willy Mairesse in the 1961 Spa GT race and later that year came home on the 5th OA place at the Nuerburgring 1000km.

ATS 2.5 Allemano Coupe

One of only 6 ATS Allemano Coupes produced, this Bruce S. Milner entry won its class N and in my eyes it should have won ”Best of Show”. ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) was founded by Count Volpi di Misurata, Jamie Ortiz Patino and Giorgio Bill in 1961. They engaged Ing. Carlo Chiti, Girolami Gardini and Romolo Tavoni which all looked for new jobs since an argument with Enzo Ferrari.

The first ATS cars Carlo Chiti built as chief engineer, were monoposti for the Formula 1. Unfortunately, the cars were a fiasco. Then ATS built a special GT coupé, which was shown to the press at the Geneva Salon in March 1963. It was a beautiful car with a body designed by Allemano. The engine was a V8 with a capacity of 2467 cc and a strength of 210 hp.

Although it was a very ambitious project they failed to sell it and so only six chassis were completed ever.

Mercedes display

Mercedes-Benz celebrated their 100 year anniversary with an unique display of milestones of automobile history. The spirit of the silver arrows was relived with cars like the world famous 300 SLR GP car, a W196 GP car, a W 125 etc. etc…

And what else as an Mercedes could win ”Best of Show” this year ? But Arturo & Deborah Keller’s sensational black SS Erdmann & Rossi Roadster truly deserved it.

Ferrari Competition class M-1

Unfortunately the Ferrari 250 GTO’64 (s/n 5575GT), owned by Carlos Hank from Mexico couldn’t be found under the Ferrari Competition class grid but this was the only ”no show”. Rumours had it that due to his father’s death he withdrew this entry.

Jon Shirley’s fantastic 290 MM Scaglietti Spider (s/n 0628) won its class not very surprisingly. Freshly restored it represents now exactly the bodywork configuration it had when it ran for the Scuderia Ferrari in 1956.  Bruce Lustman’s now blue painted ex-Briggs Cunningham 166/195 S Touring Le Mans Berlinetta (s/n 0060M) was judged on second place followed by the 250 GT SWB mentioned above.

My personal favourite this year was John & Heather Mozart’s 250 GTO (s/n 3909GT) which looked just perfect with its silver paint. In contrast to all these restored beauties, Victor Muller showed up with an unrestored race-battled 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spider (s/n 0564MD). He acquired this car just two weeks before from Danny Sielecki.

Complete entry list

Ferrari

290 MM Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0628 Jon & Mary Shirley

Ferrari

166/195 S Touring Berlinetta s/n 0060M Bruce S. Lustman

Ferrari

250 GT SWB Comp. Berlinetta s/n 2417GT Cavallino Collection

Ferrari

860 Monza Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0604M John & Heather Mozart

Ferrari

250 GTO Scaglietti Berlinetta s/n 3909GT John & Heather Mozart

Ferrari

212/225 Export Touring Barchetta s/n 0158ED Bill Jacobs

Ferrari

250 MM Vignale Spyder s/n 0348MM Michael Leventhal &

Bill Jacobs

Ferrari

500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0564MD Victor Muller


Ferrari Pininfarina class M-2

”Pininfarina Special” were the magic words this year. The grid was so full of one-off specials that the 500 Superfast or the 250 Europa looked like mass production. Lorenzo Zambrano’s one-off 250 GT won, leaving the ex-King Leopold of Belgium 342 America Cabriolet and the 400 SA owned by Peter Kalikow behind.

Complete entry list:

Ferrari

250 GT PF Coupe Speciale s/n 2821GT Lorenzo Zambrano

Ferrari

342/375 America PF Cabriolet s/n 0234AL Arthur W. Zafiropoulo

Ferrari

400 SA SWB PF Cabriolet s/n 2331SA Peter S. Kalikow

Ferrari

500 Superfast PF Coupe s/n 8083SF Mike & Becki Dunn

Ferrari

410 SA PF Coupe s/n 0483SA Greg Garrison

Ferrari

250 GT PF Coupe Speciale s/n 0725GT Lee & Joan Herrington

Ferrari

250 Europa PF Coupe s/n 0325EU Pat Smiekel

Ferrari

410 SA PF Coupe s/n 0479SA Jack E. Thomas

Ferrari

400 SA PF Coupe s/n 2861SA Eric Zausner


Bjoern Schmidt

Pebble Beach lifestyle
Bentley Le Mans display
Mercedes 300 SLR
Aston Martin DBR 1 s/n DBR1/1
ATS Allemano Coupe
Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spider s/n 0628
166 MM Touring Berlinetta LM s/n 0060M
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp. s/n 2417GT
Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spider s/n 0564/0424MD
Ferrari 250 GT PF Coupe Speciale s/n 2821GT
Ferrari 342 America PF Cabriolet s/n 0234AL
Ferrari 400 SA SWB PF Cabriolet s/n 2331SA
Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 0065S
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