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Pebble Beach: a meeting of classy vintage cars

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

– a beautiful name for the world’s best-known beauty contest for vintage cars. In 2018, Monterey, California, will once again be home to some of the most valuable classic cars. This year will feature a potential candidate for future victories: the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition.
This particular BMW 507 has once been owned by Elvis Presley. Now it makes elegant appearances at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The stage on which the Concours d’Elegance takes place is spectacular in and of itself. Every year on the 18th green of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, the jury crowns the most outstanding cars. When deciding on the winning cars, the judges take three criteria into account: historical authenticity, functionality and, above all, elegance.

However the path to the contest is not an easy one. Potential candidates first have to apply and then the jury makes a pre-selection. Only a few cars make it. Simply the invitation is already an honour.

A marvellous BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1939.

Those who are finally allowed to take part in the show of superlatives at Pebble Beach will find it’s well worth it. A victory in one of the more than twenty categories increases the value of the car. Nevertheless to even have a chance of presenting the car, many enthusiasts have to invest a lot of money. A restoration for the Pebble Beach Concours Car Show can easily cost more than a million dollars. The result: a true masterpiece.

Award-winning masterpieces from the BMW Group

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Worldwide there are only 33 units left of this 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL Karman “Batmobile” Coupé.
Worldwide there are only 33 units left of this 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL Karman “Batmobile” Coupé.
This BMW 328 Mille Miglia „Bügelfalte“ was built in 1937 and in the same year participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Only 6 of this 1940 BMW 335 Autenrieth Convertible are said to still exist.
At the Eifel Race 1936 on the famous Nürburgring this prototype of the BMW 328 Roadster reached the respectable 1st place!
A real racer: This BMW 507 Convertible from 1958 once took part in events of the Sports Car Club of America.
Provocateur: a perfectly restored 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Coupé with mirror-inverted lettering on the front spoiler.

Pebble Beach Automotive Week

Always popular at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance: concept cars – like this BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R in a racing suit in 2015.

Once a classic car has shown at Pebble Beach, it is not allowed to participate again for ten years, a rule that has existed since 1950 when the first Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance took place. Since then, around 15,000 classic car enthusiasts have gathered on the US West Coast on this special weekend in August.

Nevertheless it is also worth being there in the thrilling lead-up the week before the event. At the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance on the Thursday before the competition, participants will parade their vehicles along the famous 17-mile drive, an impressive coastal road on the Monterey Peninsula. Wealthy car admirers can bid on beautiful automotive items at a number of auctions. The car lovers who travel here not only see noble classic cars, vehicle manufacturers will also be presenting new developments and concept cars on a large stage for the first time.

Shown in 2018: the limited BMW Z4 M40i First Edition.

World premiere of the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition

BMW will be presenting the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition as the highlight of the Pebble Beach Automotive Week 2018 from 21 to 26 August. This edition – exclusively available for a limited period – will certainly attract admiring glances this year. Who knows? Perhaps one day, it will win a prize at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a perfectly preserved collector’s item.

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