BMW Super Clean Class

Part owners' meet and part exhibition, The Legends of the Autobahn concours is a showcase of classic and modern Bimmers, Benzes, and Audis.

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BMW M1

Wide and low, the BMW M1 was one of the first cars to greet us at the entrance to the concours.

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BMW M1

The M1 features a mid-rear engine, rear-driven configuration that is fairly unusual among BMWs.

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1960 BMW 700 Coupe

Back in the 60s, however, BMW built another rear-engined coupe: the 700.

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1961 BMW 700 RS

The tubular framed 700 RS was a racing version of the 700 that output 69 horsepower -- more than double the coupe's 30hp!

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BMW 2002 ti

The BMW 2002 is a classic Bimmer that laid the foundation for what would become the modern 3 Series. Interestingly, it's much smaller than today's 2-Series coupe.

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BMW 2000 Touring

There were plenty of BMW 2000s and 2002s on hand at LotA. This 2000 Touring model that we spotted parked nearby featured a unique asymmetrical paint job.

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BMW 2800 CS

The 2800 CS was an enlarged variant of BMW's "Neue Klasse" of sedans and coupes which started production in 1968.

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BMW 3.0 CSL

The 3.0 CSL was a lightweight version of the 3.0 CS (the 2800's replacement) built to satisfy European racing homologation rules.

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1972 BMW Bavaria

After the "New Class" came the "New Six," a series of larger luxury sedans built to challenge Mercedes-Benz.

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BMW Z8 roadster

Penned by Henrik Fisker -- the guy behind the Fisker Karma -- the BMW Z8 is one of the most attractive roadsters in the brand's history.

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Five generations of M3

Five generations of BMW M3 parked in a row give a quick rundown of how the marque's styling has changed.

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2015 BMW M4 coupe

Its no surprise that among these Bimmerphiles that we'd spot a shiny new M4 parked nearby.

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Mercedes-Benz parking

Legends of the Autobahn started as a BMW enthusiasts' show, but quickly grew to include Mercedes-Benz and, most recently, Audi models.

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Mercedes-Benz 230S

Cars were typically grouped by make and again by model, as is the case with these W110 chassis Benz.

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1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet

Benz 220 sedans and cabriolets of this vintage were powered by an 80-horsepower straight-six.

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton

Coming later in the brand's history, the 220S Ponton featured an upgraded version of Merc's 2.2-liter engine, outputting 124 horsepower.

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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

The 190 SL was the less powerful compliment to the elusive and rare 300 SL.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

The "gull wing" 300 SL is one of the most legendary models in Mercedes-Benz' long history of road and race vehicles.

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Judges

The vehicles showcased are privately owned by enthusiasts and judged by experts in each brand's history.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Judges grade each vehicle on how well they've been preserved, maintained, or restored.

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Mercedes-Benz RS 230SL

The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was designed to slot in beneath the legendary 300 SL, bringing performance to a wider audience.

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Mercedes-Benz RS 230SL

In the US, the 230 was nicknamed the "Pagoda Top" because of its concave roof.

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1990 Audi Ur-Quattro Coupe

Audi is a relative newcomer to the Legends of the Autobahn concours. As a result, there weren't very many examples on hand. This 1990 Ur-Quattro was the oldest model showcased.

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1980s Blaupunkt Berlin

Peering into the various vehicles, we also take a look back at the history of car tech. This 1980 Blaupunkt radio had a two-part construction that relocated the controls to a easily reachable stalk-mounted pod.

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Enzmann 506

As is the case at most events happening around Monterey on this Pebble Beach weekend, some of the best gems can be found in the parking lots.

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Golf cart

Legends took place on the pristine green and fairway of a golf resort, so a few golf carts here and there are, well, par for the course.

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Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

Porsche owners had their own event at a separate location, but we spotted a few interesting models at LotA.

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Porsche 944 Cabriolet

Typically snubbed for not being a 911, the Porsche 944 is one of the more interesting-looking models in that brand's history.

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Zelectric Bug

One of the more curious cars on prominent display is the Zelectric VW Beetle conversion.

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Zelectric Bug

In place of the chirping air-cooled engine, you'll find an electric motor.

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Zelectric Bug

Zelectric claims about a 100-mile range and a top speed of over 90 mph for this battery-powered bug.

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Maserati Gran Turismo

Parked far away from the Germans, a lone Maserati Gran Turismo broods and smolders.

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Legends of the Autobahn

Legends of the Autobahn was just one of dozens of concours, auctions, and showcases happening around the Monterey area during this year's Pebble Beach Concours Weekend.

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