Partly sunny skies are predicted for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place this Sunday, August 19. This grandest of concours events will feature cars of the Maharajas, Mercer, Saoutchik Coachwork, AC and AC Cobra and Sport Custom Hot Rods.
A pair of Cadillac Fleetwood V-16s that were built from drawings that date back to the Great Depression will also debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
* Cars of the Maharajas – The Maharajas, or “great kings,” ruled throughout India and South Asia until the middle of the 20th century. These rulers ordered the most luxurious automobiles available from Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach, Bugatti, and Duesenberg. They demanded elaborate custom coachwork for ceremonial purposes and to survey their vast holdings.
* Mercer – From Hamilton, New Jersey, operated from 1909 to 1925, building some of the most famous high-performance cars of the era including the Mercer Raceabout.
* Fiat – Their powerful Grand Prix racers, coachbuilt prewar classics, and small postwar cars will be showcased.
Special classes include:
* Saoutchik Coachwork – Ukrainian-born cabinetmaker, Jacques Saoutchik, transformed into a legendary coachbuilder for Bugatti and Delahaye.
* AC and AC (Shelby) Cobra – In 1961, Carroll Shelby and AC Cars partnered to create a competitor to the Corvette. Result was the legendary AC Cobra (Shelby Cobra), built from 1962 to 1965.
* Sport Customs (1930s–1950s) – One-of-a-kind cars built in the US.
Be sure to check out our Legacy Art Gallery that features leading automotive artists who will present their latest work in the AFAS tents near the entrance. (AFAS = Automotive Fine Art Society). AFAS artists have been a major part of Pebble Beach festivities for decades.
2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Cadillac Fleetwood V-16s built from Depression era drawings