Monterey car week is probably every year’s most coveted week for those with a great passion for cars. A week formed around the world’s most prestigious car event; that concludes in it. The amazing “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been the incredible host of world’s most celebrated cars and car gurus since 1950. On that holy August Sunday, first class car lovers and professionals, rush cheerfully to the heavenly scenic Pebble Beach Golf Links at dawn. All ears and eyes ready to be stunned by the magical sense of welcoming cars, ones they cherished a life time, showing up in flesh, playing their symphonies and one after another dance to their designated spots on the lawn. This so called “Dawn patrol” is perhaps the best way to begin your busy day at wonderland. Enjoying company and learning from the most sophisticated car experts on earth is another unforgettable feature of the event which continues to inspire and connect many to the next level. All this, topped with donations to charities and raising scholarships for young and the restless, makes Pebble Beach concours the closest thing to a car Utopia.
This year, the concours was even more special. Pebble beach, celebrating Ferrari’s 70th anniversary meants two additional classes of ultra rare Ferraris and quite a special stage in front of Casa Ferrari with 70 fabulous prancing horses sculptured the “70th collection”. Now, imagine many of this 110 icon of Ferrari attending the “Tour d’Elagance“, the 67th Pebble Beach Concours was truly rewarding.
Now that most of Ferrari 70th events are through, let us take you back there for a Ferrarist glance. Let’s start from the rarest Ferraris of all. Here are some of the real unique ones. Each hand crafted by passionate master artisans for their special owners. A concept quite far from what Ferrari now calls bespoke. Cars that probably only differ in paint, body kits and trim…
Class M4 – The true One-Offs!
(M4-01) 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta of The Golomb Family Trust
First shown at the 1954 Paris Auto Salon, this unique Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta (chassis 0456AM) is fitted with a special body designed and constructed by Pinin Farina. Original carrozzeria records state that this car was used as the styling study for the 275 GTB built ten years later. Among its most striking features are the rotating headlights and the fins on the rear fenders. This car was ordered by film director Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, and even though she never took delivery of the car, it is still referred to as the “Bergman Coupe”. Rossellini owned the car between 1954 and 1957, and then it went to the United States. This famous Ferrari has been with its current owner for 39 years. It recently participated in the 1,500-mile Pebble Beach Motoring Classic.
(M4-02) 1955 Ferrari 375 America Pinin Farina Coupe Speciale of Jack & Debbie Thomas, St. Louis, MO
The Ferrari 375 was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1953, and just 45 were built before production ceased in May of 1955. The 375 chassis was fitted with Ferrari’s Aurelio Lampredi designed 4.5-liter, V12 engine with three twin-choke Weber carburetors resulting in over 300 bhp. This rare example (chassis 0355AL), built for Fiat Chairman Gianni Agnelli, is one of eight coupes bodied by Pinin Farina from the total production run of just eleven Ferrari 375 Americas. Displayed at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the car features a unique vertical grille and, at the rear, distinctive flying buttresses similar to those of the Ferrari 375 MM “Bergman Coupe” built a year earlier. It is also one of the few early Ferraris to have a sunroof. Luigi Chinetti acquired this car twice, once off the ship from Italy in 59 and again in 67. Its current owner bought the car in 2000 and it was restored in 2002. It placed First in Class at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
(M4-03) 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet Speciale of The Golomb Family Trust
This Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet (chassis 0488AM) is the second Ferrari built for King Leopold of Belgium and the last of the 375 America series with 4.9-liter engine. It has several unique features, including Grand Prix style three-eared knock-off hubs on Borrani wire wheels and covered headlights. The design was way ahead of its time; many of its Pinin Farina styling cues can be found on the later 410 Sport models and the 250 GT Spyder California. This car is a true wolf in a sheep clothes as underneath this beautifully tamed look there is a pure race car. At the Pinin Farina company this car was called “the car that never grows old”. King Leopold was so delighted with this Ferrari that he showed the car off to an admiring crowd at his local Belgian circuit, Spa Francorchamps. The king retained the car until 1960. After several additional Belgian owners, it was acquired by its current owner in 1969 and is definitely one of the most sought after Ferraris of all time. She placed second in class at the concours.
(M4-05) 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato Berlinetta Speciale LWB TdF of David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California
All but five of the Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase chassis were bodied by Scaglietti. This fantastic Ferrari (chassis 0515GT) is one of the five exceptions, each of which was designed by Zagato and each of which was unique. It was built for one of Ferrari’s best clients, Vladimiro Galluzzi of Milan, who specifically requested that Ugo Zagato body it. The resulting 250 GTZ is a masterful blend of form, function, colors, proportions and stance. The rear fenders evoke broad shoulders, while the roofline is light and airy, and there is an artistically subtle “Z” shape to the rear roof pillar. The car has appeared on not one but two Pebble Beach Automotive Week posters; it was chosen for the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours poster painted by Ken Dallison and for this year’s Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster by Tim Layzell. Previously owned by Lorenzo Zambrano, the car has been owned and cared for by Zagato coachwork collector David Sydorick since 1999.
(M4-06) 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Cabriolet of Anne B. Lee/Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, Reno, Nevada
First seen at the Paris Auto Show in 1954, the 250 GT Coupe was Ferrari’s first production model specifically designed for the road. This 250 GT (chassis 0461GT), completed in 1955, was delivered to the newly formed Carrozzeria Boano in Grugliasco just outside Turin. It was the first Ferrari to be built by Mario Boano and featured one of the most striking, sporting flamboyant fins and large chrome bumpers, which were popular at the time. The finished car was shown by Boano at the 1956 Geneva and Turin Motor Shows, then made a final public appearance at the New York Auto Show where it was noticed by the renowned collector Robert M. Lee. After much discussion with Ferrari’s American distributor, Luigi Chinetti, and approval from Enzo Ferrari himself, Bob did eventually acquire the car, and it has remained in his collection ever since. This is the sleekest of the three Boanos in this collection and placed third in one-off class.
(M4-07) 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Boano Coupe of Anne B. Lee/Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, Reno, Nevada
The Ferrari 410 Superamerica followed the 375 America and is regarded as the ultimate Grand Touring car of its day. The 4.9-liter, V12 Superamerica engine was presented on the new chassis at the Paris Auto Show in 1955, and the finished car was unveiled later at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show. Only 34 were built in three series between 1955 and 1959. After completing his first Ferrari body on the 250 GT, Mario Boano constructed two more Ferrari bodies, one of which is this 410 Superamerica Coupe (chassis 0477SA) constructed for Giorgio Sisini Sorso, the Count of Sant’ Andrea in Milan. Later owners include William Upton of Los Angeles, film director Clarence Brown, and race driver Ernie McAfee. In 1985 the coupe joined the other Ferraris at the collection of Robert M. Lee.
(M4-08) 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Boano Cabriolet of Anne B. Lee/Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, Reno, Nevada
This is the third of just three Ferraris with coachwork by Carrozzeria Boano. The Ferrari 410 Superamerica Boano Cabriolet (chassis 0485SA) was shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1956. It is identical in design to the first Ferrari body that Boano built on the 250 GT chassis and was initially sold, together with its twin, the 410 Superamerica Boano Coupe, to Giorgio Sisini Sorso, the Count of Sant’ Andrea in Milan. It then passed to Roberto Crepaldi, who sold the car on behalf of the Sisini family to Bill Jacobs in Chicago, and in 1985 it was finally, and rightfully, paired alongside the Ferrari 410 Superamerica Boano Coupe that Robert M. Lee acquired in the same year. The complete Ferrari Boano Trio first appeared together at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1987, and the Concours is proud to display the trio now, thanks to the Robert M. Lee Collection and Anne Brockinton Lee, Bob’s wife and a great friend of the Concours.
(M4-09) 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupe of Lee & Joan Herrington (for the Herrington Corp. Collection), Bow, New Hampshire
This Superfast Coupe (chassis 0719SA), built on the 410 Superamerica chassis with a 4.9-liter engine, was created for the Dutch Ferrari collector and NART benefactor (and appropriately named) Jan de Vroom of New York City. De Vroom was an amateur racer who drove Ferraris at Sebring, Nassau, Palm Springs and Le Mans in 1957, along with George Arents, another of Luigi Chinetti’s NART financiers. This Ferrari was first displayed on the Pinin Farina stand at the 1957 Paris Auto Show and then the Turin Motor Show, and its sleek design later appeared on the cover of Sports Car Illustrated. Greg Harrison bought the car in 1980 and restored it mechanically. The car was acquired by its current owner in 2003. In 2017 we all enjoyed seeing this car who is also known as “4.9 Superfast” doing the Tour d’Elegance and winning the best in class.
(M4-10) 1967 Ferrari 206 Dino Competizione Pininfarina Coupe of MJJV Cars, Rye, New York
This unique prototype coupe followed the 206 Dino racing cars that ran at Le Mans powered by Ferrari’s 2-liter, V6 Dino engine. First seen at a 1966 Ferrari press conference, the 206 Dino was bodied by Piero Drogo and featured light alloy bodywork and a semi-monocoque chassis. Only 18 were built, including 12 coupes that ran in the Group 6 prototype class. This 206 Dino S (chassis 10523) was built by Ferrari before going to Pininfarina to receive this custom coupe body designed by Paolo Martin. The finished car, with Ferrari’s first and only gullwing doors, was shown at the 1967 Frankfurt Auto Show as a Dino Berlinetta Competizione and received much acclaim. Regrettably, the car never went into production; it remained in the Pininfarina museum until 2006.