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Our Favorite Race Cars from the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours

1954 Ferrari 735 S Monza Scaglietti Spider chassis 0428MD
1954 Ferrari 735 S Monza Scaglietti Spider, Thomas Peck, Huntington Beach, California - In 1953, Ferrari introduced a range of 4-cylinder race cars aimed at privateer race drivers. The 2-liter Mondials and the 3-liter 735 S Monzas were hugely successful as well as good looking, having been designed and built by Scaglietti. This Monza (chassis 0428MD) was the first 4-cylinder, 3-liter 735 S to be finished and was crashed by Nino Farina in its second race at Monza. It was returned to Ferrari and rebodied by Scaglietti for its next race, the Grand Prix of Portugal at Monsanto in July 1954, where it was driven by Froilan Gonzales. At the end of 1954 it was bought by Alfonso de Portago, who painted it black and took it to the Carrera Panamericana in November. The second owner, Sterling Edwards, raced the car at Sebring before bringing it to the Pebble Beach Road Races in April 1955, where he finished second behind Phil Hill. Edwards continued to race the car, notching up five wins before the car’s final race at Pebble Beach in 1956. Over the following 60 years the car fell into disrepair until it was acquired by its current owner in 2016, and a two- year restoration was undertaken. It is presented here in its 1954 Carrera Panamericana livery. (photo: Richard Michael Owen)

The spectators at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were treated to some truly exceptional sights on and off the show field at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. From the trio of Ballots built for the 1919 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race to the quartet of Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix raced by greats like Tazio Nuvolari, this year’s Concours d’Elegance highlighted race cars that competed on the show field in the following classes: Ferrari Competition; Zagato Centennial; Bentley Centennial; Bugatti Grand Prix and Ballot Indianapolis Race Cars.

Choosing favorites at an event like the Pebble Beach Concours is tougher than it sounds, as virtually of all the entrants are the best of the best in their respective categories. While the task was difficult and we gave it our best efforts, we welcome your comments below if we missed your favorite.

In no particular order, here are the Top 20 race cars we would like to see at the SCD Garage:

Pebble Beach Concours 2019 – Race Car Photo Gallery (photos as credited)


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