When it comes to exclusivity and automobiles, nothing tops the Monterey Car Week held in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The annual event, which runs this year from August 15th to the 21st, draws some of the richest people in the world to Northern California for everything from elegant dining to high fashion and some of the most coveted automobiles in the world.
It’s essentially an event where average car nuts like us get to mingle with multi-millionaires who share the same passion for automobiles with one major exception: A lot of them wind up taking the cars they like home while the rest of us are left flipping through a gallery of cellphone pics to remember the experience.
If we sound a bit envious, it’s because we are. But cars like the 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 ‘Outlaw’ Coupe, being showcased at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering as part of the weeklong event, can have that kind of effect on the self-esteem.
Easily one of the most anticipated must-sees at the upcoming show, the B20 Outlaw is a wicked take on the legendary race car that won its class at the 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans. The vintage coupe was restored from the bare bones of a Series 6 barn find by the legendary team at Thornley Kelham.
Most striking feature? How the Outlaw’s bold black exterior is complimented by that classic brown interior, reminiscent of the ’50s when fedora hats were standard attire and slim ties were the norm.
Then there’s those steel wheels that bring to mind some of the Swiss time pieces that became popular during the period.
It kinda looks like something Frank Sinatra and the boys would have tracked on the weekends.