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More Cool Hot Rods and Rare Exotics at Malibu, California, Car Show

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 8/11/2020 John McGann
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If you're lucky, you'll see some of these cars in a museum. If you live in Southern California, you need to only go as far as Malibu on a Sunday morning to see the likes of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, an Auburn Boattail Speedster, and a Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Wait, what?

a close up of a motorcycle engine © John McGann

Yes, I had to Google that car, too. They were a very limited-production model from a short-lived Italian manufacturer, composed largely of former Lamborghini employees. My apologies for not getting a clean shot of the front of the car; there were too many people around it for the short amount of time it was parked in the shopping center where this unofficial car show seems to happen on Sunday mornings. Count the spark plug wires—that is a V-16 engine mounted transversely in the back.

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The Auburn Boattail was another car that attracted a large crowd, preventing a clear picture of its exterior. It was exquisite, and it was a real treat to see out in public a car I've only ever seen in museums before.

a car parked in a parking lot © John McGann

How many Gullwing Mercedes have to show up at a single car show before they become pass in a crowd like this? Here are two parked together, and a third was catty-corner out of the frame. I'll be so bored if four are there the next time I go. Seriously, these were stunning examples of nearly priceless cars.

a car parked in a parking lot © John McGann

Other notables were this British duo of the Austin-Healey and the Lotus 7 with Cosworth power within the aluminum engine compartment.

a car parked in a parking lot © John McGann

Although the cars were mostly from overseas, there was still some nice domestic muscle present. I liked the look and vibe of this 1965 Corvette.

a police car parked in a parking lot © John McGann

Take a scroll through the gallery to see what else showed up last Sunday in Malibu. We hope this event is allowed to continue long into the future.

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