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15 Cool Cars From the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/11/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Beverly Hills is an enclave of wealth, luxury, swimmin' pools, and movie stars, so it should come as no surprise that the city throws a pretty darn good car show. Although it may not have the prestige of Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, or Concorso Italiano yet, the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance had some very fine cars on display for 2015, its sixth year. Here are 15 of our favorites.

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1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Whenever a new Corvette comes out, its racing equivalent usually isn't far behind. But that wasn't always the case. Though it debuted in 1953, the Chevy Corvette didn't get a purpose-built racing version until 1956. The story goes that when GM president Harlow Curtice discovered that the son of design head Harley Earl was racing Ferraris, he made it clear to Earl that the boy needed to be driving a GM product instead. Thus, Earl and Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov went to work designing a car fit for the racetrack. The result was the SR-2, which received a prominent rear fin, scoops on the doors, a pair of streamlined windshield panels, and eventually a fuel-injected V-8 engine. A total of three were built.

1951 Delahaye Type 235 Cabriolet

15 Cool Cars From the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance The curves on this Delahaye convertible make it look like it's constantly in motion. The 235 was the last model French automaker Delahaye released before going under in 1955. Though beautiful, the 235 relied on obsolete technology from the 1930s, partially because the company couldn't develop new cars while it was aiding in the war effort. Still, the swoopy two-door featured a 3.6-liter inline-six engine good for about 152 hp.

1929 Bentley 4.5-Liter Tourer

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Bentley has always made large, substantial vehicles. But despite their size, Bentleys also have a reputation for being fast. That was the case even in the British automaker's earliest days, when the head of rival Bugatti famously issued the backhanded compliment that Bentley produced the "world's fastest lorries." For those of us in the U.S., that means trucks. This 1929 Bentley touring car features a 4.5-liter inline-four and a body by coachbuilder Vanden Plas.

1965 Matra Bonnet Djet VS

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Who doesn't love obscure French sports cars, especially when the engine is in the rear and under glass? The Matra Djet (pronounced jet) was the product of designer René Bonnet, who produced the car under his own marque until Matra took control in 1964. The car featured a fiberglass body, a fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a midship-mounted four-cylinder engine that's visible from the outside thanks to a large rear window.

1933 Packard Series 1005

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Some of the finest luxury cars of the 1920s and 1930s were built in the U.S., and Packard was one of the names synonymous with luxury in that era. The "Tenth Series" cars were offered with either an inline-eight or V-12 engine. At the award ceremony at the Greystone Mansion Concours, the emcees remarked that Packards were known for being incredibly quiet. When the car drove up to receive its award for Director's Choice, you could barely hear it running.

1949 Fiat 750MM Topolino Zagato

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance When styling house Zagato emerged from World War II, founder Ugo Zagato began experimenting with ways to make car greenhouses more spacious. The result was the Panoramica body style, which Zagato applied to everything from Ferraris to the Fiat Topolino you see here. One of eight cars built, this 1949 750MM Zagato won the People's Choice award at the Greystone Mansion Concours.

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1957 Kurtis 500X "Caballo II"

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance California-based automaker Kurtis made a name for itself building midget racers, but in the mid-1950s the company also built cars for sports car racing. This particular example was built to compete in the Mille Miglia and is the only American-made car to ever enter the famed Italian open-road endurance race. The Kurtis name will forever be a part of Motor Trend history, as a 1949 Kurtis Sport Car was the first vehicle ever featured on the cover.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance The Ferrari 250 was one of the most successful model lines in the company's early history, and these days 250s fetch a pretty penny. Several coachbuilders provided bodies for Ferrari models from this era, and this 1959 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) Bertone is a fine example. The unique front end seen here really makes this Ferrari stand out. It also helps make what would normally be a rare car even rarer, as Bertone styled just two 250 GT SWB models.

1970 Lancia Fulvia HF 1.6 "Fanalone"

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Before the purpose-built Lancia Stratos, there was the dominant Lancia Fulvia. Because FIA rally regulations of the day dictated that cars with four factory headlamps could only have two auxiliary lights, Lancia gave the Fulvia larger stock headlights for the 1970 model year. This skirted the rule by essentially giving the Fulvia double the lighting output during competition and earned the car the nickname "Fanalone," which allegedly means both large headlights and large breasts in Italian.

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1962 Auto Union/Porsche Special Sports Racer

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance We don't have the full story on this Porsche sports car racer, but there's no denying it looks cool. A midship-mounted flat-four engine provides power and looks great with exposed velocity stacks.

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1946 Cushman "Cokester"

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Not every cool vehicle at the Greystone Mansion Concours was a pedigreed former blue ribbon-winner. This 1946 Cushman scooter that's been turned into a rolling ice chest full of Coca-Cola is one example. The three-wheeled vehicle features classic Coke and Cushman Motor Scooter graphics. Perhaps this refreshing restoration would've placed higher in the motorcycle category if it were a hotter day.

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1

Cars From the Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Cars From the Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Rarely are Alfas anything but beautiful, but the original TZ is exceptionally so. With initials that stand for Tubolare Zagato, the TZ is named after the coachbuilder where it was designed and hand-built. The car used a 1.6-liter four-cylinder derived from the Giulia's engine, equipped with Alfa's twin-spark head. In racing trim, the TZ made 160 hp, which contributed to the car's successful racing career. Just over 100 cars were built for homologation purposes.

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance If you're fans of the exotic cars Lamborghini puts out today, you have the 350 GT to thank for them. The first-ever production Lamborghini debuted at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show. From then on, Ferrari had legitimate competition to worry about. The 350 GT was powered by a 3.5-liter V-12 designed by fellow Italian sports car builder Bizzarrini. The first models featured engines that were essentially racing-spec, producing 400 hp at ridiculously high rpms. Later cars were detuned to 270 hp but were still plenty capable for the day.

1929 Duesenberg Model J DC Phaeton

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance The Duesenberg Model J is an icon of American luxury. The model line was conceived after the company was absorbed by Auburn, and it was released just before the stock market crash of 1929. The car was powered by a 6.9-liter straight-eight engine, which helped it become one of the fastest, most powerful production cars of its day. Later models were supercharged. This example was named Best of Show Concours d'Elegance at Greystone.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance Yet another Ferrari 250 GT SWB finds its way onto the list. This car features a body designed by Pininfarina and won the Best of Show Concours de Sport prize. These cars routinely sell for millions of dollars, so you'd better start saving if you hope to take home top honors at a concours event one day. Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance© Provided by MotorTrend Greystone Mansion Concours d Elegance

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