If there’s one thing you take away from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s that selecting that one automobile you’d buy if you had an extra $2 million to blow is much easier said than done. The annual extravaganza, which draws some of the richest collectors in the world to Monterey, California, is the crème de la crème of car shows. And while we never quite figured out our favorite while strolling the grounds, we did pull together a list of opulent rides to consider if we ever do strike oil…
1931 Studebaker & Rigling Hunt Special: If the roaring racers of the ’30s are your thing, this Studebaker & Rigling Hunt Special will certainly excite you. The vintage open-wheel collectible won the 1931 Pikes Peak Hill Climb and also placed sixth in the 1932 Indianapolis 500.
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Berlinetta: The stories surrounding some of the automobiles are as interesting as the cars themselves. This Alfa Romeo is believed to be the car that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci used to try to escape Italy in 1945, which certainly adds to the automobile’s mystique.
Lamborghini Centenario Roadster: We were convinced that the Lamborghini team had totally outdone itself when we were invited to an exclusive North American unveiling of the Centenario Coupe in LA earlier this year. But seeing the Centenario Roadster up close has left us drooling even more over the limited edition 770-horsepower Lambo.
1932 Hudson Martz Special: The true elegance of many of the Pebble Beach show cars runs much deeper than the appearance. This 1932 Hudson Martz special is believed to be the only racing Hudson of its type in the world.
1935 Aston Martin Ulster Sport: The idea of James Bond chasing down villains in this Aston Martin Ulster Sport feels a bit farfetched. But we certainly could see 007 taking the classic Aston Martin for a spin with a beautiful Bond girl in the passenger’s seat.
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Chapron Cabriolet: As far as coveted collectibles come in the world of cars, they don’t get much more coveted than this. The 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Chapron Cabriolet is considered the most successful chassis produced by the Delahaye automobile company for the road as well as the track.
Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept: No car showcased at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance drew as much attention as this one. Believe it or not, a red electric-powered coupe with an insanely long wheelbase badged with a Mercedes-Benz logo generates a few Instagram posts and Facebook likes.
1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 GT Coupe: If you’ve ever daydreamed of owning a classic Alfa Romeo, you’ll find this gorgeous 6C 2500 GT Coupe a fitting part of the fantasy. Alas, trying to pry this gem from its owners is akin to trying to convince Michael Phelps to give up his 23 Olympic gold medals.
1953 Fiat 8V Zagato Berlinetta: Restoring this beauty wasn’t easy: it got an upgrade in 1954, a rebodied facelift in 1956 and a more comprehensive restoration that wrapped in 2009. However, the end result suggests times well spent.
Bugatti Chiron: Engineered around the idea that “form follows performance,” the Bugatti Chiron is a much more detailed approach to designing a special supercar. The 1,500-horsepower coupe is the most powerful production supercar in the world.
Cadillac Escala Concept: Cadillac has never been shy about using Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to test the waters with bold ideas. And the new Escala Concept gives us a glimpse of how full-size luxury could potentially be redefined.
Ford GT40 JK Mk IV: As much as we love the new 2017 Ford GT, the true heritage of the sports car lies in models like this GT40 JK Mk IV, which debuted at Sebring in April 1967, winning the race with Bruce McLaren and Mario Andretti behind the wheel.
Rimac Concept One EV: If the looks don’t sell you on this all-electric sports car, maybe the idea it pumps out 1,088 horsepower will. Oh also, this limited-edition sports coupe reportedly has already counted a Ferrari LaFerrari and Tesla Model S P90 D as its fallen prey in quarter-mile drag races.