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Cars and Caviar: We Hit the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering [Gallery]

--Speaking of Chinetti, here’s a 340 Mexico from 1952 that the man himself raced in La Carrera Panamericana.Ferrari’s America cars started off slightly awkward in appearance, but by the time this ’59 Superamerica Series III was built, they’d hit a lovely groove.-The Americano’s interior isn’t exactly chopped liver, either.If your only two worldly possessions were a Bultaco Mercurio and a BMW E9, you'd still be doing better than 99.9 percent of the world's population.Big Healey repping an anarcho-syndicalist color scheme at a pointedly-capitalist event.Tiny ’59 Bianchina and biggish 1957 Chevrolet Fuelie Bel Air. As Italian-American as Romano’s Macaroni Grill, but significantly tastier.Remember when a crusty 356 wasn’t worth restoring?The 1970 Ferrari 512S went head to head at Le Mans with Porsche’s revised 917 and famously lost. Still rad, though.The unsheathed business machinery of the Jaguar XJR-S.The California Highway Patrol escorted a parade of Shelby GT350s over the hill from Laguna Seca.Ford tossed in a couple of new GT350s for good measure.An almost-raspberry Bonnet; the kind of D’Jet you find in a second-hand store. Man, we’d lose it if we found a D’Jet in a thrift shop. Like, completely.51 year old Italian lookers department: a 1964 Alfa TZ-1 and ASA 1000 GT.This Porsche 906 won its class and took 7th overall in the 1968 Targa Florio.Ferrari 308s set up for racing are already fantastic-looking cars. This Group 4 GTB features the added bonus of metallic earthtone stripes. The whole package simply kills.From 1950: a grimacing torpedo called the Cisitalia Abarth 204-A Spyder Corsa. From 1961: the fabulous and flowy Cooper Monaco.This Osca looks somewhat surprised, but it surely ain’t no grouch. It’s a 1955 MT4.Stately
, regal, and somewhat understated, this ’39 Bugatti Type 57 struck us as our favorite example of the French marque on the field.No question that the Best of Show-winning 1968 Alfa-Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale is a fabulous, gorgeous automobile. But you know, that yellow ’67Fiat Dino ain’t no slouch, either.If the XJ220 wasn’t gnarly enough for you, Tom Walkinshaw Racing offered a Group N homologation special with 680 horsepower. Only six were built, and this is one of them.-Years ago, when Dinos were the redheaded stepchildren of the Maranello-worshipping realm, who could’ve predicted they’d wind up classed with the “Great Ferraris” at one of the world’s most prestigious shows?Insert tired, sad, “Little GTO” reference here. Sorry Ronny. Sorry Daytonas.Alpine A110! Alpine A110! Alpine A110! Alpine A110! We might’ve found ourselves a little carried away there, but hey, it’s an Alpine A110!So we all know that the ’73 Porsche 911 2.7 RS is an exceptionally valuable automobile. The lightweight cars are worth even more. Because it’s the Quail, we’ll give you a guess as to which sort of 2.7 RS this is.Can we get away with yet another hoary “Hey, Little Cobra” reference here? No, we can’t. Maybe next time, Rip Chords. No, no next time. Though the song did peak in February of 1964, and this 289-powered car was built that same year.A perfectly tatty Lambo 400GT.One of the absolute coolest cars at the show was this Bizzarrini A3/C Corsa. It was the display car at the 1964 Geneva Auto Show, and it’s held together with over 7,000 immaculately-placed rivets.-The bumper sticker on this well-loved Jag XJ120 Fixed Head Coupe reads, “Peace and prosperity with drum brakes.”One might confuse this with a later LP500 or 5000 QV, but this Countach is actually a late LP400 model. Specifically, it’s a 1979 LP400S.Children of the 1980s generally think a Ferrari 308 looks great in any color. But this GTSi looks especially good to us.Jaguar 100SS, anybody? Yeah, we thought so.Carlo Abarth had his hand in all manner of fabulous midcentury automobiles. This Zagato-bodied cutie, a 1957 Fiat-Abarth 750, is one of our favorites.There were two De Tomaso Sport 5000s at the Quail this year. A ratty one and a lovely one. This is the lovely one. Though the ratty one was pretty lovely, too.--Bugatti Type 351953 Ford Comete1949 Jaguar XK1201959 Autobianchi Bianchina1959 AFiat Abarth Spyder1965 Jensen CV8 MK II1957 Fiat-Abarth 750GT Double Bubble1963 Ferrari 400 SuperAmerica1932 Fuller Moto Double Down1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera1932 Ford Hot Rod1967 Porsche 9061929 Packard by Dietrich1964 Myers Manx Dune Buggy1964 Ferrari Superfast Spyder Americano

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